9:00AM – 4:00PM, with registration at 8:30. Site: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Long Hall, Room 104. Lecture Series on Bowen theory Series fee (Three lectures): $275. Single lecture fee: $110; Student/Senior (65+) Series fee: $140; Single lecture student/senior fee:$55.
You may elect to attend this lecture by Dr. Kerr by ZOOM for the same fee. After registering online inform Jim Smith at [email protected]. You will then be contacted by email between 8:30-9AM the day of the Lecture.
“Recently it occurred to me that one of the most important discoveries in the history of science has occurred in my lifetime. That discovery is that emotion is the most dominant force in human behavior. The taxonomic classification of our species as Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man) by Carl Linneaus in 1758 is unfortunate. Aristotelianism gave rise to the term man as the “rational animal.” Aristotle proclaimed the human species to be the only species capable of rationally based behavior, but he recognized that human beings did not act rationally all the time. Keith Stanovich, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Toronto, has done two decades of research showing that IQ tests do not measure rationality. A high IQ does not necessarily correlate with a strong capacity for reflection and rationality, nor does a lower IQ equate with a weak capacity for rational decision-making. Furthermore, Stanovich has demonstrated significant variation between human beings in their capacity to be rational. Bowen theory, differentiation of self, and the power of the emotional system can explain Stanovich’s findings. Stanovich coined the term “dysrationalias” about twenty years ago. I am persuaded that the human species needs a new taxonomic handle and propose Homo dysrationalis. The new species name refers to difficulty thinking rationally. The presentations for this conference will include a more detailed discussion of what I have just described and then use clinical case studies to illustrate the obstacles to differentiation of self and the processes involved in overcoming those obstacles. The major role of evolutionary derived emotional process in human family interactions is hidden from view to the point of being a secret. Bowen theory is the lens for revealing that secret. Thus the title of the day.”
Michael E. Kerr, M.D. is a family psychiatrist. He trained under and worked with Murray Bowen for more than twenty years, and then succeeded Dr. Bowen as Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (originally the Georgetown University Family Center) upon his death in 1990. He has been Emeritus Director of the Bowen Center since January 2011 and is now living in Maine. He continues a clinical practice, presents at conferences around the country, and writes about Bowen theory and its applications. He is co-author with Murray Bowen of, Family Evaluation, which was published in 1988 (excerpted in The Atlantic Monthly in September 1988), and is writing a second book, Bowen Theory: Defining a Self in Context. His research interests include cancer and family emotional process, the development of a unidisease concept, the relationship between human emotional process and emotional process in other species, and the process of differentiation of self. [email protected]
Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists: Allegheny General Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Allegheny General Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 6 CEs, Fee is $35.”The information presented in this CE offering reflects the opinion of the presenter. Open to all, it is especially intended for those newer to Bowen theory. As with all science, there may be multiple explanations for the data and multiple reasonable conclusions. Program content has obtained credibility, as demonstrated by the involvement of the broader psychological practice, education, and science communities in studying or applying the findings, procedures, practices, or theoretical concepts. The goals for this presentation are that participants will be able to describe: 1) How the major role of evolutionary derived emotional process in human family interactions is hidden from view to the point of being a secret; and, 2) How Bowen theory is the lens for revealing that secret.
2016-17 LECTURE ON BOWEN THEORY #1
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