The Prairie Center web site is in the process of being updated
by Tammi's husband, Tom. Tammi's death on July 18, 2010 was a great loss to her family, her clients, and to the many
mental health professionals who attended her Bowen Family Systems seminars. Pam Allen has provided incredible leadership
in organizing the "Tammi Hawk Memorial Conference" with Dr. Dan Papero on November 10, 2011 at the Clarion in Manhattan.
See the tab above for Upcoming Seminars for more information.
Kansas has provided a legacy of training in Bowen Family Systems Theory since Murray Bowen began his theoretical
journey at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. Today third and fourth generation practitioners can be found across
the state stemming from these roots. Currently, KC Center for Family and Organizational Systems in Kansas City, MO is offering
training at multiple levels which include psychotherapy, supervision and consultation groups, and seminars by visiting
experts from The Bowen Center and affiliated sciences.
The Prairie Center for Family Studies has offered the Family Evaluation Monthly consultation group led by Tamara
J. Hawk, LSCSW and the quarterly coaching group lead by Daniel V. Papero, MSSW, PhD from The Bowen Center in Washington
DC. Both of these groups are described in detail on page 4. Please contact Tom Hawk(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have further questions about these training opportunities.
Topeka Consultation Group with Dan Papero, Ph.D. (2011-12)
Dr. Papero leads an all day consultation
group three times a year that is designed to increase understanding of Bowen Systems Theory through practical application
to life problems. The consultation group format minimizes “group emotional process,” and encourages individuals
to observe and think independently while applying systems concepts. The 2011-2012 group is being held
twice on the Washburn University campus (August 26 and March 2), and once in Manhattan (November 11). For more information
contact Tim Peterson, Ph.D., at email@example.com.
Manhattan, KS Coaching Group: This group is held at 210-Southwind
Pl. and meets every other month on the 2nd Friday of the month from 9:00 -noon. Participants can present their
family, clinical case or work system in an effort to 'think systems.' Dates are Sept. 9, Nov. 10 (no group due to Papero
Conference), Jan. 13, March 9, and May 11th. Contact person is: Pamela Allen, LSCSW. If you are interested
in this group, contact Pam at:
Wichita, KS Coaching Group: This
is a newly forming group sponsored by Gloria Jones, PhD. Gloria has participated in all the Prairie Center training seminars
and Dan Papero's coaching group for seven years. If you are interested in this group, contact Gloria at
Group with Dan Papero, PhD. Dr. Papero leads an all day coaching group three
times a year. This year it is being hosted by Dr. Tim Peterson of Washburn in August, November (Manhattan location),
and March (Washburn campus). For information on dates, times, and expectations about participating in this group, contact Tim
The KC Center for Family and Organizational Systemsinvites you to participate
in this years programs. For details, go to the KC website at: http://www.kcfamilysystems.org/programs.htm
See the list of current programs on Program Calendar page
Individuals participating in K.C. Center programs
represent a large diversity of professional backgrounds including behavioral health, medicine, education, business, clergy,
and other family serving professionals. The commonality is interest in learning and applying systems thinking to their personal
and professional lives.
K.C. Center offerings include training, conferences,
consultation groups, video series, webcast lectures, and video resources.
questions contact Margaret Otto, 816-36-1721 ext. #5 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Inflammation, Depression and Emotional Reactivity through a Systems Perspective" with Michael Kerr, M.D., Director
Emeritus of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. (March 23, 24, 2012)
Postgraduate Education & Training Series20011 - 2012 Educational Programs at The Kansas
Live Monthly Webcast Lectures with Michael Kerr, M.D.
Video Library Annual 2011-2012 Video Series
Who Was Murray Bowen?
Described by close associate and student of Bowen theory, Andrea M. Schara stated that "Murray Bowen (1913-
1990) was the first and only psychiatrist to describe a theory explaining human behavior. His understanding of the emotional
processes in his own family distinguished him from all others in psychiatry. Few people really understood what he accomplished
by studying his own family and then placing his theory in the midst of evolutionary biology." See Dr. Bowen's story at Andrea M. Schara Ideas To Action website at http://ideastoaction.wordpress.com/dr-bowen/
Victoria Harrison, a close associate of Dr. Bowen, current Director of the Board of the Center
for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family in Houston TX and a faculty member at the Georgetown Family Center, described
Dr. Bowen’s influence and contribution to the science of human behavior:(Visit Victoria Harrison’s CSNSF http://www.csnsf.org/bowen.htm
theory is not a theory about pathology, but about the interaction of variables that produce variation in human functioning. Instead
of reducing the explanation of physical illness, for example, to one cause and the effect, natural systems theory outlines
related variables to predict individual variation in health. Any symptoms, be they physical, psychiatric, behavioral,
social or societal, are studied within the same broad theoretical framework. Both biology and behavior are considered
under the influence of the same variables and symptoms and stability are the outcome of those variables.”
Dr. Bowen spent his life developing and testing his theory. He began
by combining repeated clinical observations with reading extensively in biology, the study of evolution, and all the
natural sciences. In his own words: "Family Systems Theory contains no ideas that have not been part of the human experience
through the centuries. The task of the theorist is to find the minimal number of congruent pieces from the total bank of human
knowledge that fit together to tell a simple story about the nature of man, or whatever other phenomenon he attempts to describe."
He made a disciplined effort to "select consistent theoretical concepts that might some day conceptualize emotional illness
as a product of that part of man he shares with lower forms of life."(FTCP,1978)
"Murray Bowen was a scholar, researcher, clinician, teacher, and writer.
He worked tirelessly toward a science of human behavior, one that viewed man as a part of all life. He was very active in
professional organizations, always wanting to contribute in any way he could, usually trying to remind himself that there
was only so much he could do. He has been credited as being one of those rare human beings who had a genuinely new idea. He
had the courage to go against the psychiatric and societal mainstream, to stand up for what he believed about human behavior.
Thanks to his efforts the world has been rewarded with a new theory of human behavior, one with the potential to replace Freudian
theory with a radically new method of psychotherapy based on the new theory. " (The Bowen Center For The Study of The
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Theory Training Programs
The Prairie Center is one of 13 Bowen Theory Network Training Programs across the nation.
Each stives to provide education and training in Bowen theory consistent with the theory's basic concepts and principles.
- The Bowen Center for The Study of The Family, Washington DC, Michael E. Kerr, M.D., Director
- The Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Kansas City MO, Margaret Otto, Director
- El Paso Border Programs, El Paso TX, Louise Rauseo, Director
- Center for the Study of Natural Systems and The Family, Houston TX, Victoria Harrison, Dir.
- Northern California Programs in Bowen Theory, Sonoma, CA, Laura havstad, Director
- Princeton Family Center, Princeton NJ, Selden Illick, Faculty
- The Florida Network, Eileen Gotliebb Director
- New England Family Center, MASS, Peter Titleman
- The Center for The Family, Evanston, IL Robert Noone Faculty
- Vermont Familly Center, Burlington VT, Mercy Russell Hyde, Faculty
- Living Systems, Vancouver, CAN, Randall Frost, Director
- Western Pennsylvania Family Center, Jim Smith Director
- Southern California Training in Bowen Theory,
www.socalbowentheory.com Carolyn Jacobs, PsyD, Director
- The Prairie
Center for Family Studies, Tamara J. Hawk, MSW, Director...YOU ARE HERE
leadership consulting and development based on natural systems theory:
Leadership Coaching, Inc
www.LeadershipCoachingInc.com with John Engels, President; Emily Heider, Erik Thompson; Kathy Wiseman, Daryl Pichan, and Ellis “Bobo” Stokely. Leadership
Coaching, Inc. 63 Klink Rd. Rochester, New York 14625 Phone: 585-581-1347
Fax: 585-381-9050 Email: emily@LeadershipCoachingInc.com
To Action, Education, Consulting and Coaching; Andrea M. Schara http://ideastoaction.wordpress.com/ Visit the website for a review of Bowen Theory, blogging about applying theory to your life and the world around you.