Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00AM – 4:00PM, with registration at 8:30. Site: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Long Hall, Room 104. Single lecture fee: $120; Student/Senior (65+) Single lecture student/senior fee: $60. This is a reminder that you can attend this by ZOOM! First, register for it below and then contact Office Manager Rebecca Keller at [email protected] and let her know. You will then be contacted shortly before the event starts. PLEASE NOTE: Social Work credits are only provided to those attending the live-stream in the state of Pennsylvania.
Human relationships function as if they are governed by two counterbalancing life forces: a built-in life growth force toward individuality and the differentiation of a separate “self,” and an equally intense force for emotional closeness. Variations in the interactions between the two forces are the primary influences on the degree of adaptive capacity a growing child develops.
Bowen theory is based on observational research conducted at the Menninger Clinic, the NIMH, and Georgetown University Medical School for over 45 years. At Menninger’s, Bowen concluded that little resolution had occurred by the time of adulthood in the normal early life symbiotic relationship between mothers and their schizophrenic offspring. It also held for patients with other significant impairments.
He went to NIMH to conduct a study of symbiosis. It shifted after a year to a study of the family. A mother and her schizophrenic offspring were only a fragment of a larger family dynamic. Interestingly, parents could raise one schizophrenic offspring and also a relatively normal child. The family emotional climate for each child was different. A method of therapy for the family resulted in improvement of the schizophrenic
The Georgetown period was marked by innovations and refinements in theory and therapy. Among the key insights were the following: (1) the emotional forces and patterns observed in families with schizophrenia were only a more intense version of what played out in all families, (2) emotional programming was found to be the principal mechanism for transmitting family emotional strengths and weaknesses to the next generation, (3) a child’s development in the current generation was powerfully influenced by the multigenerational transmission process that preceded him or her, and (4) a therapeutic innovation termed differentiation of self in one’s own family shifted therapy from the therapeutic relationship to the real world.
A summary of a theory of development is that a life course is determined by the degree of unresolved attachment to 0ne’s family, a degree of which exists in all people, the amount of anxiety associated with the lack of resolution, and the way that anxiety is coped with.
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 goal for this presentation is that participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of (1) How human relationships function as if they are governed by two counterbalancing life forces; (2) Bowen’s observational research conducted at the Menninger Clinic, the NIMH, and Georgetown University Medical School for over 45 years; and, (3) A summary of a theory of development based in Bowen theory.
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