Ann D. Bunting, PhD

The Vermont Center for Family Studies: Dr. Bunting moved to Vermont in 1985 from Washington, D. C. In 1989, she began running monthly clinical conferences and a monthly supervision seminar for those people interested in learning more about Bowen family systems theory and its applications. By 1997, a number of people who studied with her had also received training from the post graduate program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. In December of 1997, she invited 17 people to discuss forming a non-profit organization called the Vermont Center for Family Studies, which was then established by a core group of those people in 1998. The VCFS has developed a range of programs for teaching Bowen theory and its applications in Vermont.

Clinical Work: Individuals, couples and families. Most of the people who work with Dr. Bunting are interested in understanding family relationship patterns “constructive as well as problematic” which shape their individual functioning and overall life course. The goal is for each person to develop more flexible, resilient and creative responses within significant relationships. This includes relationships in the arenas of family, work, religious organizations, community endeavors, and friendship networks. Some of the consequences of improved relationship functioning include the enhancement of social, emotional and physical states.

Consulting to Organizations: The majority of this work is done in conjunction with Dr. Bunting’s colleague, Ms. Kathy Wiseman, who has an MBA and runs the business Working Systems, Incorporated in Washington, D.C. Their specialty is working with families who own businesses. Issues for which their help has been sought include the transfer of wealth, philanthropy, family and business succession, foundation management, and the development of guidelines for engaging motivated members of the coming generations in family enterprises and activities.

Professional Training: Dr. Bunting received a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland in 1977 and an Ed.M. in Guidance (Counseling Psychology) from Harvard University in 1970. Internships and fellowships in clinical practice and research methodology in the fields of psychology and family included training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Cambridge Hospital, and the Center for Family Research at George Washington University between the years 1969 to 1978. She trained in Bowen family systems theory and psychotherapy at the Georgetown University Family Center from 1979-l982. Dr. Bunting has continued to participate in the Georgetown Family Center programs since the completion of the postgraduate program. It is now called The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. She is also an editorial consultant for the journal, Family Systems, published by the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D. C.