Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 10 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • DePelchin Children's Center, 4950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
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    Family Research in Differentiation of Self: The Basis for Bowen Family Systems Psychotherapy

    Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT

    This workshop is based on Victoria Harrison’s popular new book, The Family Diagram and Family Research: Tools for Differentiation of Self. She will discuss and illustrate ways that family research is central for therapy and for the therapist who is working toward differentiation of self as the basis for change.

    Workshop Objectives

    Participants will:

    • strengthen their understanding of family research as part of therapy based in Bowen theory

    • realize the importance of ongoing work on family research as part of differentiation of self for the therapist

    • discuss challenges and overcoming challenges in family research.

    Presenter will:  

    • review Differentiation of Self as the basis for change,
    • review Steps Toward Differentiation of Self,
    • discuss and illustrate family research as part of therapy, and
    • discuss challenges and overcoming challenges in family research.

    Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT began coaching in Bowen theory “to take responsibility for her own miserable situation” in 1975 and started as a student in the Georgetown Family Center Postgraduate Training Programs in 1976 and became involved there as a teacher, supervisor, directing programs and conducting research.  She moved to Houston, TX in 1990 where she established a clinical practice and an educational program, Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family. She joined the Bowen Center faculty in 1991 and continues to commute to DC where she has directed the Postgraduate Training Program and developed the Online Introduction to Bowen Theory.   

    She recently published a book on the family diagram and family research for people who are working on differentiation of self.  Her other articles and book chapters can be found online at either www.csnsf.org or www.thebowencenter.org.   You can order copies of The Family Diagram and Family Research at www.csnsf.org.  

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • DePelchin Children's Center, 4950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
    • 55

    Working with LGBTQ Youth and Their Families

    Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D

    This workshop will provide an overview of treatment considerations when working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The presenter will review common factors related to increased risk for development of mental health conditions in LGBTQ youth as well as protective factors that may mitigate these concerns. Further, principles of best practice in mental health care including creating a more affirming and welcoming treatment environment for LGBTQ youth will be reviewed. This will be an interactive and engaging workshop to help participants consider their current practices and how they can increase/improve their ability to serve LGBTQ youth.


    1. Participants will learn basic vocabulary and common terms used by LGBTQ youth.
    2. Participants will identify common challenges to supporting LGBTQ youth and families in treatment.
    3. Participants will identify at least 2 risk factors to and 2 protective factors for mental health for LGBTQ youth.
    4. Participants will learn principles of best practices in working with LGBTQ youth and their families.
    5. Participants will identify ways to make their treatment environment more welcoming and affirming.

    Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children and families. Dr. Mooney’s undergraduate degree is from Vanderbilt University and her doctorate degree is from the University of Arkansas. She completed her internship in professional psychology with the Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Mooney is the President Elect Designate for the Texas Psychological Association and is also a member of the Houston Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mooney has focused on serving traumatized children and families for 15 years and she has a specialty interest in working with LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately impacted by a variety of traumatic experiences. Dr. Mooney is currently in private practice in Houston, Texas, providing therapy and psychological assessments for children and adolescents. She has presented locally and nationally about trauma, treatments for trauma in children and families, and ways to prevent and treat trauma in LGBTQ youth.  Dr. Mooney is a co-founder of Gender Infinity, a non-profit that hosts an annual conference as well as trainings and family gatherings in support of gender diverse individuals. In 2017, Dr. Mooney was named one of OutSmart Magazine’s Leading Ladies because of her work with LGBTQ youth.

Check in and on-site registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Light breakfast bites and coffee will be served. 


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