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.
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
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
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) 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
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.
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