The Professional Lecture Series focus on the family as a natural system and on knowledge from the study of other natural systems. A distinctive feature of this meeting is the length of time the presenter is given to develop and illustrate ideas and entertain discussion.

Lectures are held online via Zoom at 7:30 pm Eastern Time. The lectures are free and open to the public. We also accept donations on the Eventbrite RSVP page.

Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021

Subscribe to the email newsletter for program updates in the upcoming academic year.

Upcoming Professional Lectures

October 1, 2020

The Systems Miracle: The Case for Differentiation
Eileen Gottlieb, MEd, LMFT
Education Director of the Florida Family Research Network, Faculty Member at Bowen Theory South Florida, and Therapist in Private Practice
Miami, FL

Individual models of human functioning lack a broad examination and understanding of the immediate and historical context in which acute problems may become chronic. Focus on the broad context can contribute to more effective options for managing self with less potential for unfavorable outcomes. Ms. Gottlieb will present three case histories of trainees whose efforts toward differentiation in their family of origin and nuclear family resulted in remission of significant illness and dysfunction. How does training in Bowen theory and its application to relationship challenges make a difference in health outcomes? Does this validate Dr. Murray Bowen’s idea about a “systems miracle”?

December 17, 2020

Climate Change Anxiety: Breathing in a World in Crisis
Doug Graber Neufeld, PhD
Director of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA

As a major threat to humanity, climate change elicits emotions such as anxiety, grief and loss. As we “breathe in” (absorb) these emotions from the situation around us, they can lead to a range of adaptive and maladaptive responses. Recent research has highlighted how understanding the interplay of human emotions with the climate crisis can allow us to respond productively – to “breathe in” (exist in) an environment that challenges our ability to respond productively as a society to this threat.

RSVP on Eventbrite