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This bibliography has been arranged into sections that divide the entries into the following categories:

Bowen Family Systems Theory

Bowen, Murray. Family Therapy in Clinical Practice. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1986. A collection of Bowen’s lectures, articles, etc. from 1957-1977.

Bowen, Murray & M. Kerr. Family Evaluation. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1988.

Bregman, Ona Cohn & While, Charles M. (eds). Bringing Systems Thinking to Life, Expanding The Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory. Routledge, 2011.

Family Systems, a Journal of Psychiatry and the Natural Sciences.
Order from: The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (202.965.4400).

Friedman, Edwin H. Generation To Generation. New York: Guilford Press, 1985.

Friedman, Edwin H. Friedman’s Fables. New York: Guilford Press, 1990.

Friedman, Edwin H. A Failure of Nerve. Maryland: The Edwin Friedman Estate, 1999.

Freidman, Edwin H. “Bowen Theory and Therapy”, a chapter in the revised edition of The Handbook of Family Therapy, edited by A.S. Gurman and D.P. Kniskern, Brunner-Mazel, NY, 1991.

Freidman, Edwin H. The Myth of the Shiksa and Other Essays. New York: Seabury Books, 2008

Gilbert, Roberta Connecting With Our Children. New York: Wiley.

Gilbert, Roberta. Extraordinary Relationships. New York: Chronimed Publishing, 1992.

Gilbert, Roberta. Extraordinary Leadership. Falls Church, VA: Leading Systems Press, 2006

Gilbert, Roberta. The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory. Leading Systems Press, Basye and Falls Church, VA, 2004

Hall, Margaret. Bowen Family Systems Theory and its Uses. Jason and Aronson, New York.

Lerner, Harriet. The Dance of Connection: How to Talk to Someone When You’re Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate. Harper Collins Publishers, 2001.

Lerner, Harriet. The Dance of Anger. Harper & Row, 1985.

Lerner, Harriet. The Dance of Intimacy. Harper & Row, 1989.

Lerner, Harriet. The Dance of Deception, A Guide to Authenticity and Turth-telling in Women’s Relationships. Harper Collins, 1993.

Kerr, Michael E. Obstacles to Differentiation of Self. Reprint from Casebook of Marital Therapy, Gurman, Alan S. (ed). New York: The Guilford Press, 1985.

Kerr, Michael E. One Family’s Story: A Primer on Bowen Theory. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown Family Center, 2003.

Noon, Robert J., Papero, Daniel V., Editors. The Family Emotional System, An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science, and Practice. Lexington Books, 2017.

Papero, Daniel. Bowen Family Systems Theory. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1990.

Papero, Daniel V. Bowen Family Systems Theory. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1990.

Perelli, Robert J. Ministry to Persons with AIDS, A Family Systems Approach. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Press, 1989.

Regina, Wayne F. Applying Family Systems Theory to Meditation, A Practitioner’s Guide. University Press of America. 2011

Riley, Ruth & Wisemann, Kathleen Klaus. Understanding Organizations: Application of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Washington, DC. The Georgetown Family Center, 1982.

Rosenbaum, Lillian. Biofeedback Frontiers. AMS Press, New York, 1989.

Runkel, Hal Edward. ScreamFree Parenting, The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool. New York: Broadway Books, 2007.

Runkel, Hal Edward with Runkel, Jenny. ScreamFree Marriage, Calming Down, Growing Up and Getting Closer. New York: Crown Archtype, 2011.

Sager, Ruth Riley (Editor). Bowen Theory and Practice. Georgetown Family Center, 1997. [ISBN 0-9658540-0-0]Sager, Ruth (Editor). Understanding Organizations, The Bowen Center. Order from: 202.965.4400 or

Sager, Ruth (Editor). The Emotional Side of Organizations, Applications of Bowen Theory. Georgetown Family Center

Schnarch, David. Passionate Marriage: Love, Sex and Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships. Owl Books (NY). Reprinted edition, 1984.

Titelman, Peter (Editor). The Therapist’s Own Family: Toward Differentiation of Self, Aronson, 1987.

Titelman, Peter (Editor). Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory, Haworth, 1998.

Titelman, Peter (Editor). Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Perspectives, Haworth, 2003.

Toman, Walter. Family Constellation, Its Effect of Personality and Social Behavior. Springer Publishing Co., New York, 1961.

Family Systems Theory in General

Becvar, Dorothy and Raphael Family Therapy: A Systemic Integration. Allyn and Bacon.

Brock, Gregory W. and Barnard, Charles P. Procedures in Family Therapy. Allyn and Bacon.

Everett, Craig et al. Treating the Borderline Family: A Systemic Approach. Allyn and Bacon.

Fossum, Merle & Mason, Marilyn Facing Shame, Families in Recovery. NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

Goldberg, Irene and Herbert Family Therapy, An Overview (Second Edition). Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1985.

McGoldrick, Monica Ethnicity & Family Therapy. New York: Guilford Press, 1982 (First Edition), 1996 (Second Edition).

McGoldrick, Monica You Can Go Home Again, Reconnecting with Your Family. New York: Norton Press, 1995.

McGoldrick, Monica and Carter, Betty The Changing Family Life Cycle: A Framework for Family Therapy (Second Edition). Allyn and Bacon.

Mirkin, Marsha Pravder The Social and Political Contexts of Family Therapy. Allyn and Bacon.

Napier, Augustus The Family Crucible. New York: Harper & Row, 1978.

Seligman, Milton The Family With A Handicapped Child (Second Edition). Allyn and Bacon.

Family Systems Theory and Communities of Faith

Bagby, Daniel Understanding Anger in the Church. Broadman Press. 1979.

Boers, Arther R. Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Response to Difficult Behavior. Washington, D.C.: Alban Institute, 1999.

Cosgrove, Charles H., and Hatfield, Dennis D. Church Conflict: The Hidden Systems Behind the Fights. Nashville: Abingdon, 1994.

Galindo, Israel The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics, The Alban Institute, 2004.

Galindo, Israel et al. A Family Genogram Workbook. Educational Consultants, 2006.

Herrington, R. Robert Creech, and Trisha Taylor. The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Hoffman, Virginia Curran. The Codependent Church. New York: Crossroad, 1991

Lawson, Paul “Systems Theory and Centering Prayer”, in Centering Prayer in Daily Life and Ministry, Gustave Reininger (Ed.), Continuum, 1998.

Oates, Wayne E. Behind the Masks, Personality Disorder in Religious Behavior. Westminster Press. 1987

Oates, Wayne E. The Care of Troublesome People. Wayne E. Oates Institute. 2008

Pattison, E. Mansell. Pastor and Parrish: A Systems Approach. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. 1977

Richardson, Ronald W. Family Ties that Bind: A Self-Help Guide to Change Through Family of Origin Therapy, International Self-Counsel Press Ltd., 1984. (Self-Counsel Press Inc. 1704 N. State St., Bellingham WA 98225)

Richardson, Ronald W. and Richardson, Lois A. Birth Order and You: How Your Sex and Position in the Family Affects Your Personality and Relationships. International Self-Help Counsel Press Ltd., 1990.

Richardson, Ronald W. Becoming a Healthier Pastor: Gamily Systems Theory and the Pastor’s Own Family, Fortress Press, 1996.

Richardson, Ronald W. Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life, Fortress Press, 2005.

Richardson, Ronald W. Polarization and the Healthier Church, Applying Bowen Family Systems Theory to Conflict and Change in Society and Congregational Life. Self-published. 2012.

Steinke, Peter L. How Your Church Family Works, Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems. Alban Institute, 1993

Steinke, Peter L. Healthier Congregations: A Systems Approach. Alban Institute, 1996.

Steinke, Peter L. Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times, Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What. The Alban Institute, 2006

Stenike, Peter L. A Door Set Open, Grounding Change in Mission and Hope. The Alban Institute, 2010.

Stevens, R. Paul, and Collins, Phil. The Equipping Pastor. Bethesda, MD: Alban Press. 1993.

Weiser, Conrad W. Healers – Harmed and Harmful. Fortress Press. 1994

Family Systems Theory and Business

The Family Business Leadership Series:

“How Families Work Together”
“Family Business Succession: The Final Test of Greatness”
“Family Meetings: How to Build a Stronger Family & a Stronger Business.”
“Another Kind of Hero: Preparing Successors for Leadership.”

Order from:
Business Owner Resources
P.O. Box 4356
Marietta, Georgia 20061-4356

Miller, Jeffrey A. The Anxious Organization: Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things. Tempe, AZ: Facts on Demand Press, 2002.

Sager, Ruth (Editor) Understanding Organizations, The Bowen Center. Order from: 202.965.4400 or

Sager, Ruth (Editor) The Emotional Side of Organizations, Applications of Bowen Theory. Georgetown Family Center

Resources for creating your Genogram

Although the following web sites were not developed by experts in the field of Family Systems Theory, they can be invaluable in helping you find the data you need to complete your genogram.

National Genealogical Society, Washington, D.C.

Family History Library: Salt Lake City

Allen County Public Library: Fort Wayne

Library of Michigan, Lansing

California State Library, Sutro Library, San Francisco

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston

Cleveland Public Library History and Geography Department

Dallas Public Library Genealogy Section

Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington, DC

Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy

Detroit Public Library Burton Historical Collection

Los Angeles Public Library History and Genealogy Department

Mid-Continental Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO

Newberry Library Genealogy & Local History Collection, Chicago

New England Historical Genealogical Society Library, Boston

New York Public Library, Division of U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy, New York City, NY

Seattle Public Library Genealogy Collection

The Library of Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland