Staying Anchored in Stormy Times: Bowen Family Systems Theory for Clergy and Clinicians

An Event for Clergy, Ministry Leaders, and Mental Health Professionals



March 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


How do you remain anchored in anxious contexts? How do you exercise calm and courageous leadership during times of unprecedented polarization? This class is a refresher for those familiar with the theory and an intro for those new to it.

Co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, with support from Desert Ministries Inc., and its founding director, the late Rev. Dr. Richard M. Cromie.


David Jones currently serves as the director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he is also an affiliate professor of pastoral theology. Born and raised in Bloomfield, N.J., and nurtured in Bethel Presbyterian Church, David was ordained a deacon at 17. He received his M.Div. degree from Princeton Seminary and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1982. His first call was as assistant pastor of Southampton Presbyterian Church (Southampton, N.Y.)—the oldest Presbyterian Church in the United States (founded 1640). He then served as solo pastor of congregations in Jeffersonville and Roscoe, N.Y. While in New York, he graduated valedictorian with a degree in drug and alcohol abuse counseling from Sullivan County Community College. David completed a year of CPE at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in 1988 and graduated from the Doctor of Theology program in pastoral counseling at Emory University in 1999, where his doctoral research focused on helping persons wounded by problem drinkers discover forgiveness. He pastored two Presbyterian Churches in Atlanta Presbytery while finishing his Th.D. degree and received Atlanta Presbytery’s Small Church Pastor of the Year Award. He also served as the executive director of the Harmony Grove Counseling Center (a Methodist Church-based pastoral counseling center). For over a decade he worked nights as an emergency room crisis counselor for several county mental health centers. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. From 2003-2012 he directed Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program and from 2008-2018 taught at the Seminary of the Southwest’s (Episcopal) master’s degree programs in chaplaincy and counseling. David has been studying and implementing Bowen family systems theory for more than 35 years and is a popular speaker/consultant on leadership development and conflict management.

Registration / Directions / CEs and CEUs


Fee: $50 (includes lunch); CE fee for mental health professionals $10

Directions to the Seminary. Free parking is available on the Seminary campus behind the chapel and library.

CEs: 6.0 CE credits will be available for licensed social workers, marriage/family therapists, and professional counselors.

CEUs: 0.6 A certificate will be provided upon request to clergy and ministry leaders.


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