Lectures are held at the Bowen Center at 7:30 pm on the 2017-2018 calendar dates shown below. The Lectures are free and open to the public. On-street parking is available. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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.

Dates for the Professional Lecture Series for 2017-2018

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February 1, 2018

March 8, 2018

April 11, 2018

May 17, 2018

June 7, 2018

Past Lectures

October 5, 2017

Why We Snap: The Neuroscience of Sudden Aggression
R. Douglas Fields, PhD
Neuroscientist and Author, Bethesda, MD

Dr. Fields will be speaking about the mechanisms of sudden acts of anger and violence – from the everyday to the extreme – from a neuroscience perspective. Daily headlines are filled with examples of rational people with no history of violence or mental illness suddenly snapping in a domestic dispute, bar room brawl, or road-rage attack. It is natural for humans to want to be in control of ones’ actions, but the truth is that the right trigger in the right circumstances can unleash a fit of rage in almost anyone. As explained in his latest book, Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in the Brain (Dutton/Penguin), the neuroscience of threat detection is responsible for both sudden aggression and heroism. Dr. Fields will discuss the nine triggers that cause people to snap and how one can defuse them.

December 7, 2017

Navigating the Waters of Adolescence – Moving from Surviving to Thriving in the Education Experience
Amie Post, MA, LCMFT
Executive/Clinical Director of the Family Crisis Center, Baltimore County, MD
Administrator and Faculty Member at the Bowen Center, Washington, DC

Like a small rowboat in a big ocean, parenting an adolescent can leave adults feeling like they are far from safe harbor with no oars. Spend any time on Facebook and a parent will encounter advice, cajoling, and even criticism about how to parent. Carpool lines and soccer field sidelines are full of stories of how parents navigate the challenges of raising children. Through case study presentations and conversations with parents, grandparents, and educators (and anyone else who encounters adolescents on the loose), one can develop ways to think about their responsibilities to youth in their teen years for navigating the waters of this stage of human development.

January 11, 2018

Operationalizing the Concept of Differentiation of Self for Family Research
Randall Frost, MDiv
Family Therapist and Pastoral Counsellor
Director of Training and Research at Living Systems, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Faculty Member at the Bowen Center, Washington, DC

The multi-faceted concept of differentiation of self includes numerous variables which, taken together, describe variation in lifestyle of individuals and families. This presentation will review and evaluate some of the ways in which the concept has been operationalized for purposes of family research. Other concepts such as resilience, coping, adaptation, and self-esteem will also be examined for their possible relevance to research on differentiation of self.