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 Series fee: $140; Single lecture student fee:$55. Social Work CEUs fee: $20; Psychology CEs: $35.
You may elect to attend this lecture by Dr. Papero by ZOOM for the same fee. After registering online inform Rebecca Keller at [email protected] You will then be contacted by email between 8:30-9AM the day of the Lecture.
Bowen essentially laid out a framework for his concept of societal regression (later renamed emotional process in society) but left the details for others to fill in. He hypothesized that intensifying anxiety in broader societies led to an increased togetherness pressure. In the face of that pressure, leaders became uncertain, structures of principles were abandoned, and a focus on individual rights prevailed over a focus on individual responsibility. Further examination of the concept has led me to conclude that the above noted markers of societal regression are symptoms of a more fundamental regression, the erosion of the basic processes by which families and social groups respond and adapt to change effectively and efficiently. In response to repeated challenges over time, greater inefficiency and ineffectiveness creep in the response processes. The processes themselves become strained, and work-around mechanisms appear that provide a way to temporarily address the challenge. These temporary mechanisms incur a growing cost, as the effort to maintain them becomes more difficult and the underlying challenge becomes more pronounced. This theory day will serve as a forum to develop more fully these ideas and their implications for society.
After graduate training in social work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Dr. Papero entered postgraduate training in family systems theory and psychotherapy at the Georgetown University Family Center. In 1982, Dr. Bowen invited him to join the faculty of the Georgetown University Family Center. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of family systems theory and family psychotherapy and, in 1990, published a basic introduction to family systems, Bowen Family Systems Theory. He serves on the editorial board of Family Systems and of the Family Business Client. He currently gives between fifteen and twenty invited presentations yearly to various professional groups across the country on topics related to family systems theory, family psychotherapy, and the functioning of corporations and organizations. In recent years he has consulted increasingly with organizations in both the private and public sectors about the impact of relationships on functioning and about the emotional process of organizations. Dr. Papero maintains his consulting practice in Washington, DC.
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 with prior of 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) aspects of Bowen’s framework for his concept of societal regression, namely, his hypothesis that intensifying anxiety in broader societies leads to an increased togetherness pressure; 2) that in the face of that pressure, leaders become uncertain, structures of principles are abandoned, and a focus on individual rights prevail over a focus on individual responsibility; and, 3) Papero’s conclusion that the above noted markers of societal regression are symptoms of a more fundamental regression, the erosion of the basic processes by which families and social groups respond and adapt to change effectively and efficiently.