June 8, 2019, 9:00AM – 4:00PM, with registration at 8:30; Site: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Long Hall, Room 104. Single event fee: $110. Student and senior single event fee: $55.
Sign-up & payment for Social Work CEU’s will be available at the registration table. Social Work Credits are $20.00 – Psychology CE’s are not available at this time.
LIVE STREAM: 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!
Four Interrelated Topics for Dr. Kerr’s Presentation
“TOFT (Tissue Organization Field Theory): Relevance to Cancer and Bowen Theory”
I recently discovered the existence of Tissue Organization Field Theory. This new theory helped me answer a question about cancer that has dogged me for more than forty years: “What is Cancer?” TOFT defines cancer an as emergent property. This means it is a system phenomenon, not a pathology. Cancer is a pathology in the sense that it kills people, but thinking about it as a pathology obscures understanding how it comes to be. Cancer is not caused by genetic mutations that begin in a single cell; it emerges from a disturbance in tissue architecture. This new idea (actually e revitalization of an old idea) guides a whole different approach to cancer research and potentially more effective treatment strategies.
What I think is also important about TOFT is that it supports an idea in Bowen Theory that the processes governing human emotional functioning have deep roots in evolution. Systems thinking is key to discerning these roots. It is incredibly exciting to see the sciences begin to catch up with Bowen Theory. The goal of this day is to avoid getting overwhelmed by the facts discovered in research, but to see how a way of thinking applies to many levels of organization. It attempts to bridge the organicism vs. reductionism debate.
“Illustration of Changes in Emotional Process Preceding the Emergence of a Cancer”
Dr. Kerr will discuss material from the novel “Stoner”, by John Edward Williams. This is a good companion piece to follow the TOFT presentation because it nicely illustrates changes in the larger family and social systems that occurred leading up to the surfacing of a cancer in “Stoner”.
“Assessing Basic Level of Differentiation of Denis Diderot?”
This section is based on a recently published biography (2019) on his life by Andrew Curran. It is an absolutely fascinating read. Dr. Kerr will begin with a challenge to the audience to assess Diderot’s basic level and explain how the person arrived at his or her conclusion.
“New Developments in Bowen Theory”
For the final section of the day, Dr. Kerr will review the developments in Bowen Theory since Dr. Bowen died.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors: “This program is offered for 6 hours of continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’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.
Learning Objectives: As a result of participation, participants will be more able to; 1) avoid getting overwhelmed by the facts discovered in research; and, 2) see how a way of thinking applies to many levels of organization.
MICHAEL KERR TOFT
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