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.
For the Year: $1000
For the Year: $500
For One Session: $65
CEU/CEs: $5 per webcast
Dates for 2016-2017
Time: The webcasts are held on one Monday a month from 2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern Time, 7:00pm – 8:30pm GMT.
For Further Information
Interested subscribers should contact Douglas C. Murphy for further information about the webcast schedule and the terms of subscription.
* Please note that organizations are not permitted to sign up for single sessions.
† For information on CEU/CEs for organizations, please contact Kimberly Capehart.
‡ Since confidential information could be used during the Conversations, we require participants to sign and return the terms and use agreement. Please e-mail Douglas Murphy if you have any questions about the form.
May 15, 2017
Managing the “Urge to Fix” – Bowen Theory and Organizational Consulting
In the business world consultants are often paid to provide the answer to a technical and/or a human problem. The consultant who has the expertise and the experience “tells” the client what to do and the problem is solved. Consulting to organizations with Bowen theory as the theoretical framework adopts another approach. This Conversation will address the difference between solving a problem for another and helping another think. This webinar will also address the natural, automatic tendency to “help.” Case examples will be presented.
Note: CEs are not offered in Counseling for this meeting. Social Work CEUs are available.
June 19, 2017
Bowen Theory and Female Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
This Conversation will present initial findings of a six-month study of families experiencing the impact of domestic violence. The study will report on the facts of functioning for the families, how Bowen theory contributes to the understanding of domestic violence, and how Bowen theory can inform how abuser intervention programs are best organized.
September 19, 2016
Discovering Emotional Cutoff
This Conversation will discuss the use of theory in discovering emotional cutoff in one’s family and the value of bridging cutoffs.
October 17, 2016
Marriage, Therapy, and Bowen Theory
What did Bowen say about working with a couple? This presentation will explore “couples counseling” from the perspective of Bowen theory.
November 21, 2016
Societal Emotional Process: How Does Bowen Theory Relate to How Society Functions?
Societal emotional process is the eighth concept in Bowen theory. This presentation explores how Bowen theory can be applied to social issues. The projection process, triangles, multigenerational transmission process, and differentiation of self are examples of how theory can illuminate how reactivity is managed in societies and nations.
December 12, 2016
The Multigenerational Family Process in the Adoptive Family
The impact of the multigenerational emotional process on the nuclear family will be described in a case study of an adoptive family.
January 9, 2017
The Differentiated Family System
Bowen’s remarkable idea of family diagnosis versus individual diagnosis provides a useful framework for understanding the underpinnings of family ethical readiness and the differentiated family system. This presentation entails a literature review of Bowen’s writing and videos that describe his ideas regarding defining a self in the family and the differentiated family coupled with the presenter’s research on the relation between wisdom and ethical maturity.
February 6, 2017
The Importance of Extended Family Work in Differentiation of Self
Victoria Harrison will draw upon what Bowen wrote and said about extended family work, upon the Observations of Change Research Project and on work in her own family to describe the ways this work contributes toward differentiation of self. She will discuss common challenges encountered and overcome. This presentation will consider changes in light of epigenetic influences and adverse childhood experience research.
March 13, 2017
Differentiation of Self, Anxiety, and Leadership
If one is a leader, therapist, minister, parent, or family member, this conversation will be relevant. Differentiation of self is at the heart of the matter in any leadership position where relationships are important. The presentation will discuss the application of Bowen theory in these areas and a description of what it means to lead self while relating to others in any group.
April 3, 2017
The Disease Process from a Systems Perspective
This presentation will identify the mechanisms influencing the development and course of disease from a systems perspective. The literature suggests that most diseases are caused by multiple processes. However, a systems framework for understanding the disease process suggests that it is not the presence of specific factors but rather a disturbance in the balance of the relationship system between them. Families from my study on Alzheimer’s will be used to illustrate factors within the relationship system that trigger the onset and course of this disease process.
Continuing Education Credits
The following information pertains to CEU/CEs for individuals.
The Georgetown Family Center is approved as an independent provider of continuing education credit by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners, the District of Columbia Board of Social Work, and the National Board of Certified Counselors. Each conference day provides a maximum of 1.5 hours of Category I continuing education credit for social workers and for counselors. The Georgetown Family Center is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
Return policy: If you miss the live session, you will receive a copy of the recording.
If you plan to participate in the CEU/CE process, it is necessary to:
- Pay the CEU/CE fee of $5 per conference
- Sign CEU/CE registration form the day of conference
- Prepare to stay for the entire conference
- Submit a completed evaluation at day’s end
For information on CEU/CEs for organizations, please contact Kimberly Capehart.