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
Individual at the Bowen Center screening: $30
CEU/CEs: $5 per webcast
The webcasts are held on one Monday a month from 2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern Time, 7:00pm – 8:30pm GMT. Members of the public are invited to attend screenings at the Bowen Center for $30/meeting.
For Further Information
Interested subscribers should contact Douglas C. Murphy.
* Please note that organizations are not permitted to sign up for single sessions.
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Dates for the Academic Year 2019-2020
April 27, 2020
Individuality and Togetherness in Prairie Dogs and People
In recent years, in efforts to save the species, black-tailed prairie dogs have been translocated to new environments; enhanced survival rates for prairie dogs moved as family groups have been reported. Here, I will review the prairie dog family response to the challenge of moving according to Papero’s (2018) systems model for family assessment. The dynamic process of Individuality and Togetherness, along with implications for public policy, will be explored.
May 18, 2020
The Study of Physiological Reactions and the Family System
Murray Bowen established a biofeedback program, directed by Lilian Rosenbaum, at The Bowen Center (at the time known as The Family Center) in order to study physiological reactions and relationships. This presentation will discuss what the study of physiological reactions between parents and children teaches about the way that family triangles distribute anxious reactions between family members and contribute toward stability in the system at the expense of symptom development for some. The clinical example will include the difference it made for the family to be able to observe the patterns of anxious physiology.
June 22, 2020
Differentiation of Self: Antidote to Societal Regression
Human communities vary in their responses to similar environmental challenges. Mr. Frost will compare several different countries’ responses to crises in their fisheries and examine how different levels of differentiation in such communities helps to account for both the variation in response and for the variation in outcome.
September 23, 2019
I Positions: Operationalizing Differentiation of Self
This dialogue will explore nuances of the “I” Position as a principle feature of the differentiating force. Points for discussion include internal clarity, differences between a responsible “I” and an irresponsible “I”, external affirmation of internal clarity and a distinction between the “I” Position and I Statements.
Note: CEs are not offered in Counseling for this meeting. Social Work CEUs are available.
October 21, 2019
Adoption and the Multigenerational Transmission Process
This presentation will include a brief description of Bowen’s concept of the multigenerational transmission process. Data from two participant families in the Adoptive Family Study describes predictability of adaptive patterns from one generation to the next. The outcomes for individual family emotional units will be reviewed.
November 25, 2019
The Empty Nest: How Does a Family Function During Transition?
December 16, 2019
Togetherness and the Family Emotional Unit
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.
January 27, 2020
The Preservative Nature of Cutoff: A Case Presentation
This presentation will discuss Bowen’s concept of cutoff, which addresses the unresolved emotional attachment that resides in an individual when separating from his/her family of origin. Cutoff addresses the emotional dependency on the previous generation in individuals as they move toward adulthood. The dependency can result in never leaving home, rebelling, or maintaining a superficial distance from family, resulting in isolation and symptoms. However, cutoff can also play a preservative role in managing anxiety for an individual and can appear in a process of defining self. These ideas will be explored through a case presentation.
February 24, 2020
Triangles: How One Person Can Make a Difference
Kathleen Cotter Cauley, MEd, LMFT
If people engage in ongoing practice with navigating triangles in their family, it can be a bridge to seeing triangles in other areas of life, such as organizations, churches, and the clinical setting. This presentation will cover how one person can make a difference when triangles activate, alongside highlighting the importance of the consultant’s work on differentiation of self.
March 23, 2020
Emotional Cutoff as a Multigenerational Process
The concept of emotional cutoff was originally developed by Dr. Murray Bowen to describe the emotional process between the generations, or how individuals manage their unresolved emotional attachment to their parents. This process does not begin anew with each generation, as it is influenced by the parents’ degree of cutoff with the previous generation, as well as the emotional cutoff occurring in prior generations. Each generation has the opportunity to lessen the degree of cutoff for themselves and for future generations.
Continuing Education Credits
The following information pertains to CEU/CEs for individuals.
The Georgetown Family Center is approved as a(n):
- Independent provider of continuing education credit by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners and the District of Columbia Board of Social Work.
Georgetown Family Center/Bowen Center for the Study of the Family has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6225. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Georgetown Family Center/Bowen Center for the Study of the Family is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Each conference day provides a maximum of 1.5 hours of Category I continuing education credit for social workers and for counselors.
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
Return policy: If you miss the live session, you will receive a copy of the recording.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts in Bowen theory.
- Demonstrate the use of strategies employed in Bowen theory.
- Demonstrate the capacity to maintain a family focus in all phases of the treatment process.
- Demonstrate the ability to address a wide range of social, emotional and physical problems when using Bowen theory.
Georgetown Family Center, Inc.
ACEP No. 6225
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