October 28, 2016 9:00AM – 1:00PM, with registration at 8:30AM. Site: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Long Hall, Room 104. Single event fee is $75. Full series (All Application of Bowen Theory Series events) is $250. Single student/senior (65+) event fee is $40. The full series for students/seniors is $125. PLEASE NOTE: Attendance by Zoom is now an option. Fees are the same as attending in person. If you are interested in this option, contact Jim Smith at [email protected] before registering.
Mr. Smith will describe a personal forty-year effort at differentiating a self in his family, how this changed from being more of a formulaic “student” activity to being more of an integrated “lived” activity, and suggesting that there is a structure to this process that can be observed in all such personal efforts.
The day will begin with a description of the paradigm shift from conventional psychological theory to Bowen family systems thinking and how Mr. Smith lived this. He will argue that the family is more than a collection of individuals. It is an “emotional unit”, a biological-instinctual unit,which is the unit of study. Mr. Smith will argue that differentiating a self within the family is a biological and learned process that is already, always emerging in the “living laboratory” of one’s family over one’s family trajectory.
The morning will continue with a consideration of the question: How does one “know” differentiation of self? He will argue that “knowing” any idea involves being able to identify it in one’s own experience. This is the foundation that grounds the scientific “knowing” Bowen theory. The morning will conclude with a description of Mr. Smith’s life trajectory, how the long term process of defining a self in his family has rewritten it, and how he has come to “know” it.
James B. Smith, MS email: [email protected]. A graduate of George Williams College, Mr. Smith’s current interests include the use of genealogical and descriptive-experiential family research in the process of learning Bowen theory, and the place of Bowen theory in the history of psychology and western thought. He is a founding member of WPFC and has been its Executive Director since 2008. He pursued doctoral studies at Duquesne University and training in Bowen theory at the Family Therapy Institute at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. A presenter at local, national and international meetings and writer of articles and chapters on Bowen theory and its applications, Mr. Smith has a consulting practice in Pittsburgh.
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) The paradigm shift from conventional psychological theory to Bowen family systems theory; and, 2) Different ways of “knowing” the relationship of self and family.