The Western Pennsylvania Family Center (WPFC) is a non-profit educational and training membership organization [501(c)(3)], founded in September, 1985 for the purpose of advancing Bowen family systems theory with it’s emphasis on responsible individual functioning in the context of personal and professional relationships. Bowen theory is taught in workshops, lectures, and conferences, in formal training and education, and in coaching and consultation services for individuals, groups, and organizations.
CALL FOR PAPERS for “Implicit Bias in Self and Society, Science and Bowen Theory”, the 39th Pittsburgh Family Systems Conference and Symposium, a two day event on October 5-6, 2018, featuring Dan Papero, Walter Smith, Mignonette Keller and others: “Measured by the amount of research and the number of articles in the popular press racism, sexism, ageism, obesity and a host of other isms are more proliferate and intense in society now than in the recent past. In a recent article in Scientific American (“How to Think About ‘Implicit Bias’” March 27, 2018), Keith Payne, Laura Niemi and John M. Doris affirm that “stereotype-confirming thoughts pass spontaneously through (the) minds” of most people, while also saying that ‘this doesn’t make you a racist, sexist, or what-ever-ist’. It just means your brain is working properly, noticing patterns, and making generalizations”. Also acknowledging that this can lead to over-generalization and discrimination, they observe that some studies have drawn criticism from those who think that studies of implicit bias see injustice under every unturned rock while others think that studies on implicit bias diverts attention from explicit bigotry and other forms of bias. Elsewhere, in the cover story of the February, 2018 issue of Association for Psychological Science magazine, Observer, entitled “The Bias Beneath: Two Decades of Measuring Implicit Associations”, Scott Sleek reports on how the Implicit Association Test (IAT) has “inspired a wealth of research on implicit biases related to age, weight, political leanings, disability, and much more”. What, if anything, does Bowen theory add to the understanding and study of implicit bias? That is the focus of this meeting.” You are invited to submit an abstract for a 15-minute or 30-minute presentation in which you view some aspect of implicit bias in self and/or society through the lens of Bowen theory. The presentation may be theoretical, based in research or in the application of Bowen theory in your family or clinical families, and will involve race, sex, gender, age, weight, disability, political leanings, etc. The deadline for abstracts is August 24, 2018.
WPFC MEMBERSHIP: Now is a good time to Join or Renew! We welcome both new members and continuing members for the program year, which runs from September 1 – August 31. WPFC is a membership organization. Your support is necessary to offer the many education and training programs we do. Different membership levels come with different benefits. Click on the Contributions/Membership link for details. You can join or renew online by PayPal there or by sending a check to WPFC.
Attendance by Zoom is an option for Lecture Series on Bowen Theory and Application of Bowen Theory events. Fees are the same as attending in person. If you are interested in this option, contact Rebecca Keller ([email protected]). ***Continuing education credits are only available for those using Zoom in the state of Pennsylvania.*** – New to Zoom? Check out this instructional video on how to join a conference!
ANNOUNCING A NEW COURSE:“Thinking Theory: Peer Discussion/Consultation Group.” Organized by Dr. Cynthia Larkby, these quarterly 4 hour seminar meetings are for students who have completed a post-graduate course in the study of Bowen family systems theory and have five years of post study experience.
Cancellation Policy for On-Line Registration: Cancellations must be done in writing. Cancellations received no less than one week prior to the program date will receive a refund of the program fee minus a 20% administrative fee. There will be no refunds for cancellation requests within one week of the program. If the program is cancelled by WPFC, every registrant will receive a full refund.