What to do about relationships?

How you handle yourself in relationships may have a greater bearing on your life than any other factor. Human beings depend on each other to survive and thrive. Whether in family groups, business or organizational networks, relationships have the potential to be resources for accomplishing important goals. They can also become a hindrance to productive action. At varying extremes, interactive processes can even become destructive to health and human life.

The Vermont Center for Family Studies (VCFS)

The Vermont Center for Family Studies provides education and coaching to people interested in learning and practicing "systems thinking." This might include taking action to improve significant relationships and to solve personal and professional relationship challenges. VCFS is part of a national network of centers devoted to the study and teaching of Bowen Family Systems Theory. The theory has applications to various contexts in which humans interact with others. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

VCFS Mission

To strengthen families in our region through the education and training of professionals, leaders, and family members in Bowen Family Systems Theory.

VCFS Objectives

To deepen understanding of Bowen Family Systems Theory and Psychotherapy through cross-disciplinary studies, individual research and formal presentation of ideas. To expand knowledge of Bowen Family Systems Theory and Psychotherapy through the creation of public forums such as clinical conferences, symposia, and specially created classes. To enrich the ability to "think systems" by cultivating relationships with, and arranging lectures by, other systems thinkers in academia, religious settings, and in the public and private sector business communities.

Upcoming Events

24th Annual Annual Symposium on Bowen Theory

June 5, 2020

In person or via Zoom

Meditation and Family Health

October 8 - 9, 2019

Professional Training Program

September 2020- April 2021