Carol Jeunnette is first executive director
In December, 2014, the LFT board voted to appoint the Rev. Dr. Carol P. Jeunnette as its first
Executive Director. Moving forward with this restructuring of LFT is a momentous step in achieving our mission
of giving Bowen Theory to the world.
As a pastor and licensed counselor, Carol brings an exceptional background and experience to her position. First
introduced to Bowen theory in 1996 by Rabbi Edwin Friedman, she has been a student of Bowen theory
ever since, including a 5-year stint in the Bowen Center’s Special Post-Graduate Program.
Since her introduction to LFT and The Murray Bowen Archives Project early in 2013, Carol has helped with
the Williamsburg Collection and served as an editor of LFT’s first Project Update issued in March,
2014. Glimpses of the “Treasure Trove” convinced Carol of the importance of the Archives Project on multiple levels.
As she describes it,
“First, the Archives allow insight into a theory that is rooted, tested and developed in the complex, messy
realities of life. Seeing the contexts from which concepts grew brings them to life – allowing greater depth,
breadth and understanding.
Second, Dr. Bowen was a real person who developed the theory as he tried to live it in the midst of
a real family, real work situations, with real patients and clients. The letters of the Williamsburg Collection
record this reality.
Third, Dr. Bowen knew it would take decades for this theory to be recognized and accepted. As that happens,
the availability of this much larger body of work becomes more and more important—both as an historical
record, and an aid to deeper understanding and ongoing development of the theory.
Fourth, as many who have spent time in the Williamsburg Collection will attest, just reading through boxes seems
to settle anxiety and promote clear-headedness – it is something about being in the presence of one working
on differentiation, even if that presence comes through the written word.
And fifth, (definitely not last), in an increasingly complex, anxious, and reactive world, Bowen theory
offers a way of thinking that shapes a way of being that is on the side of life. Opening the Murray
Bowen Archives is one way of increasing exposure and accessibility to what truly can
be a gift to the world.”
Carol and her husband, John, plan to relocate to Williamsburg during the summer or fall of 2015. In the
meantime, much of her work will be from her home in New Hampshire.
Contact Carol at email@example.com