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Speaker: Carrie E. Collier, PhD, LPC, CRC

The speaker’s clinical experiences with families with higher levels of member interdependency show that family members benefit from learning about emotions in self that are situated in the family emotional unit (Bowen, 1978). Emotional energy fuels the family’s capability and effort to adapt successfully to life challenges. Bowen categorized four mechanisms of how families manage, react to, and share emotion to adapt and survive. He posited a way for one to systematically view the emotional mechanisms and energy as a life force in the family emotional unit. An example of couples coaching will be presented with a focus on the relation between the intensity of fusion in the marriage and the family of origin.

A maximum of 1.5 CEU/CEs are available.

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The Bowen Center offers webcasting to individuals and organizations who are interested in thinking about the challenges they face through the lens of Bowen family systems theory. Individual faculty of the Bowen Center present monthly on a variety of topics derived from their thinking and work with Bowen theory and provide an opportunity for those in the audience to respond. Recordings of the webcast are available with pre-registration.