February 9, 2018, 9:00AM – 1:30PM, with registration at 8:30AM. Site: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Long Hall, Room 104. Single event fee is $80. Full series (All Application of Bowen Theory Series events) is $275. Single student/senior (65+) event fee is $50. The full series for students/seniors is $140.
There is wide variation in political and religious beliefs. Depending on the topic, individuals fall somewhere on a continuum of views. As tension in a community rises and fear increases, groups coalesce to promote polarized views. Compromise, collaboration, and cooperation are replaced with confrontation, obstinacy, and resistance. Rhetoric and behavior escalates.
Polarization takes a toll on communities and creates additional problems for institutions. Police departments, governments, not-for-profits, and religious institutions, among others, may become the target of controversy as they provide routine services to their constituents. Community leaders may become hopeless and stuck when working with a fearful public.
Anxiety overrides the capacity to thoughtfully engage others. When anxiety escalates, functioning becomes more automatic, with some trying to control the thinking, feeling and behavior of others, and with others reactively desiring distance. The application of Bowen Theory can assist motivated individuals in finding more productive and effective ways to engage their communities.
This presentation will explore how the theory and practice of Bowen Theory addresses the challenge of polarization and suggests how motivated individuals can engage their communities in ways that promote thinking.
PLEASE NOTE: Attendance by Zoom is an option. Fees are the same as attending in person. If you are interested in this option, contact Rebecca Keller ([email protected]).
John Bell, M.Div. is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church where he has served for 24 years and is a faculty member for the Center for Family Consultation in Chicago. He has been teaching and applying the principles of Bowen Family System Theory for more than 17 years. John finished a three-year post-graduate program in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Its Applications at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family at the Georgetown Family Center in Washington, DC.
In addition to his work in his local church, John’s effort to understand BFST continues through research, writing, blogging, teaching, and coaching individuals, families and congregations. His interests include:
- Transition and its effect on a system
- Homelessness and the role of the family
- Reactivity as a response to anxiety
- Congregational and work systems
John is married with three children and is currently serving Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora, IL.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors: “This program is offered for 4 hours of continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Piitsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call 412-624-3711.” Fee is $20.
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. 4 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 goal for this presentation is that participants will be able to: describe how the theory and practice of Bowen Theory addresses the challenge of polarization and suggests how motivated individuals can engage their communities in ways that promote thinking.