Clinical Practice with Families Facing Complex Problems

Friday, May 10th 2019

Tales of Family Leadership: 23rd Annual Symposium on Bowen Theory

Friday, March 8th 2019


Our annual symposium offers inspiring presentations by local family therapists and other thinkers. We explore what it means to strengthen your family during processes such as launching children, divorce, aging parents, weddings and funerals.


Holiday Inn Burlington

Toward a Radiant Family

Friday, January 26th 2018

Erik Thompson, MA, Licensed Psychologist Masters



The Applying Family Systems Series offers morning meetings that address the challenges and opportunities of family leadership, family therapy, and the coaching of family members. These meetings will balance improvisation with structure, presenting Bowen family theory in digestible bites, covering topics of interest to the presenter, and those that are of current interest to audience members. Presenters will be senior family systems therapists and scholars, seeking to support those who work to help strengthen families in our region.The series is open to any community member interested in the topic.


Is the multi-generational human family a blessing or a curse? It can be the greatest source of distress in a life, but it can also be one of life's greatest resources of comfort, inspiration, loyalty, and laughter. How often one hears that "nobody can crack me up like my siblings." Family systems theory has much to offer on this topic. The processes operating in what one might call a radiant family, expand, rather than drain, the life forces of its members, resulting in a family that gives positive energy to the surrounding community. Join us as we explore the characteristics and practices of radiant family leaders.

A Bowen Theory View of Extreme Stressors

Friday, September 30th 2016

Dr. Daniel Papero

Forces in the Family - Exploring Differentiation: From Sandy Hook to Marital Conflict

Friday, September 20th 2013

Michael E. Kerr, MD

The 20th Annual VT Symposium on Bowen Theory

Friday, February 12th 2016

Variety of short presentations

Forces in the Family - Exploring Differentiation - Registration Fee Options
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Families with Addiction

Friday, May 9th 2014

Anne S. McKnight, LCSW, Ed. D., Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C.


Please note the change in venue for this event.

The registration will open at 8.30 AM. The conference will start at 9 AM and end at 4 PM.

Vermont Symposium on Bowen Theory

Friday, February 14th 2014

Variety of short presentations

Downloadable Symposium Schedule /files/2014symposiumschedule.pdf

Too Much or Too Little Love Flyer

Too Much or Too Little Love? Therapy and Parent-Child Relationships

Friday, October 10th 2014

Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS


Registration starts at 8:30 AM. Conference is from 9 AM - 4 PM.

To download the brochure please click here /files/toomuchortoolittlelovebrochure.pdf

The 19th Annual Vermont Symposium on Bowen Theory

Friday, February 13th 2015

Morning of short presentations, from 9 AM to 12.30 PM


The Annual VT Symposium on Bowen Theory has become known for short presentations that offer a quick insight into the diverse areas of application of the Bowen Theory. As usual, the Symposium is held at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington, VT.

This year's presenters and topics are:

Mercy Burton Russell, MSW A Brief Introduction to Bowen Theory
Jim Smith, MS Fooling Self and Others: Self-Deception in the Practice of Differentiation of Self
Peter Burns, BA Combining the Teachings of Murray Bowen and Pema Chodron
Kevin Gallagher, MS Holding onto a Self on Route 128 in Boston
Erik Thompson, MA Bowen Theory and Transcendental Meditation
Gordon Petersen, MSW Societal Emotional Process Revisited
Ann D. Bunting, PhD Thoughts and observations about the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador

To download the brochure, please click here

Systems Jiu-Jitsu: Leadership Tactics from Systems Theory

Friday, September 25th 2015

Dr. Israel Galindo

Strenghthening Families: The Core Ideas in Bowen Theory

Thursday, April 28th 2016

Dr. Michael Kerr

What's my family got to do with it? A 6 Week Course on Bowen Theory

Thursday, October 18th 2012

Michael Gilman, MSW


Optima 2 Church Street Burlington, VT

Register on this site or click here to download a printable registration form

The 16th Annual Vermont Symposium on Bowen Theory

Friday, February 8th 2013

Family Ties that Bind: Parent Coaching Using Bowen Theory

Friday, October 26th 2012

Kathy B. Kerr, MSN, MA

Loosening "Emotional Stuck-Togetherness" in Families

Friday, May 10th 2013

Monika Baege, EdD, LCMHC

Leading Your Clients, Company (or Family) Out of Relationship Logjams

Friday, March 8th 2013

John Engels and Erik Thompson

Being a Self in Your Own Family - A day with Monika Baege, EdD, LCMHC

Being a Self in Your Own Family - A day with Monika Baege, EdD, LCMHC

Friday, May 11th 2012

Presented by Dr. Monika Baege


The Vermont Center for Family Studies is pleased to announce the May Clinical Conference: Being a Self in Your Own Family - A Day with Monika Baege, EdD, LCMHC

"How are you going to help others when you can't be a self in your own family?"

This was the challenge Dr. Murray Bowen gave to himself, to his clients, and to clinicians.

Dr. Bowen's pioneering effort at differentiating himself within the interlocking triangles in his family and his courage to report on it publically became known as the Anonymous Paper.

In this presentation, Dr. Monika Baege explores her experiences as she attempted to change her own predictable responses in key family struggles. A videotaped interview by Dr. Baege will highlight the impact of this effort on clinical outcomes.

Register online: or download a printable registration form. $85 ($65 Seniors & Students) Six CEUs available.


Holiday Inn Burlington Friday, May 11, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Click here for brochure: Being a Self in Your Own Family

Click here for printable mail-in registration form: Being a Self in Your Own Family Registration Form