Basic Seminar in

Bowen Theory

Tuesdays, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Online via Zoom platform*



The Basic Seminar in Bowen Theory is a seven-month intensive forum for learning and studying the fundamental ideas and concepts of Bowen’s natural human systems theory.  Past learners have included therapists, organizational and family business consultants, life coaches, leaders in communities of faith, attorneys, financial advisors, non-profit leaders, teachers and trainers, business managers, and others motivated to learn about their own functioning in relation to their significant family, organizational, or community systems.  The curriculum is designed both for those new to the theory and for those who have been studying it for longer.  As such, participants may enroll for successive years if they wish.  Consistent with Bowen theory, the emphasis in the seminar is on self-directed learning through attending presentations by faculty, reading and writing, accessing audiovisual resources, completing an observation project, and applying the theory by studying one’s own relationship system—family, workplace, or community.

*Given current health considerations, the Basic Seminar will run online for the full year via the Zoom platform, which all participants can easily download for free to their computers.


CEUs: Though not offered for the seminar itself, CEUs are available by attending the other WPFC offerings included in the tuition with the addition of an administrative fee for each CEU certificate.

Tuition fee: $1,450.00, discounted from our regular fee given the impacts of Covid-19.  The tuition also covers attendance at other WPFC offerings for the academic year, which might include the annual conference & symposium, the Lecture Series on Bowen Theory, and the Application of Bowen Theory Series.  Note: Payment plans are available by contacting WPFC’s Office Administrator / (412) 362-2295.



Each year the seminar accepts between 4 and 7 learners.

Those taking the seminar for the first time will complete the Basic Seminar 2020-2021 Application Form, which they will submit to the WPFC office ( any time before August 1, 2020.  Then, after meeting with the course organizer, the nonrefundable $100 application fee will be due before August 15, 2020, to reserve a place in the seminar.  That application fee will be applied toward tuition, with payment of the tuition balance arranged with the WPFC office ( / (412) 362-2295).

Learners who have taken the seminar before will complete the Continued Basic Seminar 2020-2021 Application Form, which they will submit, along with the nonrefundable $100 application fee, to the WPFC office ( any time before August 15, 2020.  By that date, they must also make payment arrangements with the WPFC office ( / (412) 362-2295) to reserve their place in the seminar.

Course Organizer: N. Michel (Mick) Landaiche, III, PhD


Cancellation and Early Course Withdrawal Policy: Cancelling enrollment in or withdrawing early from the Basic Seminar must be communicated in writing to the WPFC main office.  Cancellations submitted prior to the start of the seminar will result only in forfeiture of the nonrefundable $100 application fee.  Notice given of early withdrawal within the first six weeks of the seminar will result in a prorated refund, with full payment expected for the first six weeks plus a 20% administrative fee on the remaining twenty weeks of the seminar.  Participants withdrawing after the six-week “drop period” will not receive a refund.

Amounts to be refunded to or still to be paid by the participant will depend on whether the full tuition fee was paid up front or whether other payment arrangements were made. For example, participants in the Basic Seminar who withdraw within the first six weeks—mid-September into October—will be required to pay $558, which reflects a prorated tuition fee covering the first six weeks of the seminar ($335) plus a 20% administrative fee based on the balance of the tuition fee for the remaining 20 weeks ($223). Participants who give notice of early withdrawal within the first six weeks and who have already paid more than $558 will be refunded that overage.