Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, The

  • Robert J. NooneEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_597


The Georgetown University Family Center was founded in 1975 by Murray Bowen, MD, who, at the time, was a clinical professor in psychiatry and director of Family Programs at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Bowen had moved to Georgetown following his landmark 5-year study of the family at NIMH (1954–1959). Based on this research and further studies, he developed a formal systems theory of the family, which was published in 1966 (Bowen 1978). Initially, he taught psychiatric residents and medical students. A group of graduating residents who participated began the Symposium on Family Theory and Family Psychotherapy in 1965, which has continued to the present day.

When a growing number of mental health professionals showed interest in learning more about his theory of family systems, he began a postgraduate training program in 1969. When Dr. Bowen was awarded a grant from NIMH for fellowships in family psychiatry, he founded the Georgetown...

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  1. 1.Center for Family ConsultationEvanstonUSA

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  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA