Programs in Bowen theory were started in El Paso in 1995 by Louise Rauseo with introductory courses in the study of emotional systems for professionals and families. By 1998, some interested participants requested a more formal program of training. The program was designed to include faculty from the Bowen Center in Washington, DC and from Houston. These classes met for two days four times a year. At the same time, programs were developed for families at a church in Cd. Juárez, Chih. Mx.
Early in 1999, the El Paso programs were incorporated into the Center for the Study of Natural Systems and Family, a not-for-profit organization founded in Houston by Victoria Harrison. Ms. Harrison and Mrs. Rauseo were both trained at Georgetown Family Center (The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family) and continue as faculty at the Bowen Center as well as in programs in Texas. That year an advisory committee was formed to help guide the development of Bowen Theory programs at the border. In the summer of 1999, Mrs. Rauseo returned to Maryland and now “commutes” to the border on a regular basis. Various classes, conferences, and consultation groups have evolved to meet the needs of the community. Conferences and classes are bilingual when possible.
Some members of the Advisory Committee have studied at the Bowen Center in Washington, DC and are developing their own expertise and interests in the community. Currently, Ada Luisa Trillo is providing classes and conferences in Spanish in Cd. Juárez and El Paso. The program development continues as interests and talents emerge.
Samples of Conferences Presented since 1998
Dr. Michael Kerr, Director, The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, DC
A Systems View of Anxiety
The Role of the Family in Severe Psychiatric and Behavior Problems
The Process of Differentiation
Dr. Roberta Gilbert, Clinical Faculty, The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, DC
Extraordinary Relationships in an Anxious World
Connecting With Our Children
Dr. Dan Papero, PhD, Board of Directors and Clinical Faculty, The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Leadership in Anxious Families and Organizations
Victoria Harrison, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Natural Systems and The Family, (CSNSF) Houston, TX; Clinical Faculty, The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
The Father in the Family
Louise Rauseo, Director of the Programs at the Border, CSNSF
Clinical Faculty, The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Emotional Cutoff, Migration, and Health
Presented with Katharine Donato, PhD. Rice University
Differentiation and Spiritual Development