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.
† For information on CEU/CEs for organizations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for the Academic Year 2019-2020
September 24, 2018
The Family Diagram and Family Research: Tools for Working on Differentiation of Self
Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT
This presentation will illustrate ways that working on family research and developing family diagrams contribute toward observing and managing reactivity, increasing objectivity, and taking responsibility for self. The examples for discussion will include one’s own family and clinical practice.
October 22, 2018
A Systems View of Ethical Challenges in the Workplace: Managing Self in the Triangles
Kathleen Cotter Cauley, MEd, LMFT
This presentation will cover theoretical ideas about defining self, moving amidst the triangles, and keeping principles in mind. A case study will be used to illustrate the application of theory in an organization.
November 19, 2018
Nuclear Family Emotional Process and Organizations
Stanley Proffitt, BS
This discussion will explore the impact that working toward Differentiation of Self can have on one’s leadership effectiveness. Questions for exploration during the discussion include:
- How does multigenerational family history influence one’s leadership functioning?
- What leadership advantages can emerge from working on Differentiation of Self in one’s family of origin?
- How does leading from a defined self differ from more mainstream ways of thinking about leadership?
- How might one operationalize principles that undergird Differentiation of Self in family, organizational, and community leadership?
Note: CEs are not offered in Counseling for this meeting. Social Work CEUs are available.
December 17, 2018
The Family Emotional System and the African American Family
Mignonette N. Keller, PhD
This study applies Bowen family systems theory to investigate the factors influencing the functioning of slave owners, slaves, and their descendants from a systems perspective. The findings in this investigation reveal the extent to which there is a direct correlation between the quality of a person’s family relationships and how that person functions. In effect, it is an attempt to answer a basic question asked by Murray Bowen in the late 1970’s: “How does a slave develop a self in an oppressive, dehumanizing system forcing him in a no-self position?” Bowen was convinced the answer would best be found by shifting the focus from the atrocities of slavery to the ability of slaves to survive and thrive.
January 28, 2019
The Childhood Adversity and Adult Functioning of Alexander Hamilton
Robert J. Noone, PhD
Alexander Hamilton was one of the principal contributors to the founding of the United States. His childhood was highly unstable with a significant number of early losses. His development, as reported by Ron Chernow in Alexander Hamilton, raises interesting questions related to his level of differentiation of self and his level of functioning, both in public and in his family. In this presentation, Dr. Noone will present Alexander Hamilton’s family diagram and a timeline of events in his life. Factors contributing to his functioning will be discussed.
February 25, 2019
What Difference Does It Make to Think Systems?
Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW
This presentation is an overview of family systems theory, in particular the importance of understanding the family as a basis for applying the 8 concepts of Bowen theory. The presenter traces the family history of her mother’s father’s family, discussing how applying systems ideas allowed her to better understand the family over the generations and her part in it.
March 25, 2019
Operationalizing the Concept of Differentiation
Randall T. Frost, MDIV
Social scientists have conducted thousands of studies on overlapping concepts like resiliency, self-esteem, coping, and adaptation. Reviews of the literature identify many similar challenges for research on each of these concepts. Bowen theory can help to address such challenges.
April 22, 2019
Taking the Focus off the Problem Child Using a Bowen Family Systems Theory Approach
Carrie E. Collier, PhD, LPC, CRC
Dr. Collier’s experience as a mental health specialist in Head Start afforded her the opportunity to shift the primary anxiety focus off the child. Typically, the helping professional’s priority and energy centers on the symptoms in the child and his/her behavioral problems. The presenter’s focus on differentiation of self in the classroom, coupled with increasing parent and teacher awareness of differentiation of self, promoted more opportunities for flexibility and maturity in the system.
June 3, 2019
Differentiation of Self and Creative Writing
Kathleen Smith, PhD, LPC
This conversation will explore how individuals can work on differentiation of self and engage their curiosity about family functioning through the practice of writing. It will also present ideas for writing about Bowen theory for a wider audience.
June 24, 2019
Ongoing Efforts to Apply Bowen Theory to Work Systems
Amie Post, MA, LCMFT
Bowen family systems theory has added a great deal to Ms. Post’s personal and professional life. It has formatted the way she works with clients, and how she has approached challenges in her own family. It is a rich resource for living an examined life. Lately, Ms. Post is interested in sharing the ideas in Bowen theory not just as a way to handle problems but rather as a way to understand the automatic actions of a family. Presenting family systems theory as the “magic of family” has been an interesting and worthwhile endeavor. This presentation will explore this way of thinking systems.
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.
- Approved provider of continuing education by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work for licensed social workers #SW-0419.
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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Online registration has closed. Please check back for the 2019-2020 Conversations with the Faculty. Recordings of past Conversations are available for purchase.