Lectures are held at the Bowen Center at 7:30 pm on the 2018-2019 calendar dates shown below, unless otherwise stated. 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.

Can’t attend or missed the lecture? The lecture and discussion are streamed and saved on our Facebook Live page. (Please note that if you participate in the discussion portion, your questions/comments will be streamed during the live broadcast, as well as recorded and saved onto Facebook.)

You can also listen to the audio recordings on our website or on Apple Podcasts. Search “The Bowen Center” to find The Professional Lecture podcast.

Dates for the Academic Year 2019-2020

October 3
January 23
February 13
March 19
April 22
May 28

Past Lectures

October 4, 2018

The Special Education Process: Trying to Apply Bowen Theory Surrounded by ‘Individual Thinking’
Robert Felton, MEd
Educational Consultant, Washington, DC

Mr. Felton will describe how he attempted to use Bowen Theory as a Supervisor of Special Education in a major school system where individual thinking was pervasive. The process for defining a child’s problem for special education services was based on a medical model which tended to increase anxiety in the system and child focus. Mr. Felton will address his ability to manage self using principles of Bowen Theory in working with the triangles as the system focused on the symptomatic child, parents and educational institution.

December 13, 2018

What Are the Differences Between Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory?
Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW
Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, DC

John Bowlby and Murray Bowen were contemporaries, each basing their ideas about relationships on clinical observations influenced by evolutionary thinking. Bowlby focused on the interactions between the mother and the infant while Bowen examined the multigenerational family system. This evening will highlight the parallels and differences in their ideas.

January 17, 2019

Goal Direction and Family Functioning
Phillip Klever, MSW
Clinical Private Practice, Kansas City, MO

How much energy and attention does a family require of its members to sustain stability? How much room does the family allow for its members to pursue their individual interests and directions over time? This presentation explores variation in goal direction and its impact on the functioning of the nuclear family by examining the findings of a longitudinal family study.

April 11, 2019

Family, the Brain and the Intellectual System
Robert J. Noone, PhD
Co-founder of the Center for Family Consultation, Evanston, IL and Faculty Member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, DC

The course of individual development involves not only reciprocal signaling among cell types, but interactional processes occurring in the social environment, principally the family. In this process, the family is seen to play a major role in shaping individual development leading to a range of functioning observable in adulthood. The emerging field of social neuroscience is establishing the significant role the social environment plays in brain development as a process of the differentiation of individuals in the context of the family unit. The process is viewed as resulting in both varying degrees of emotional autonomy and the differentiation of the functioning of higher cortical systems and their role in self-regulation.

Location: GMU Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Dr. #120
Arlington, Virginia 22201

May 2, 2019

The Brain, Food and the Family
Sam Pappas, MD
Private Practice, Tysons Corner, VA

The Mediterranean diet has received wide acclaim for the many positive health effects it exerts. Adherence to this traditional diet has been shown to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment, dementia and neurodegenerative diseases overall. This talk will explore the multiple benefits a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle has on mood, cognitive function and overall brain health.

June 6, 2019

Systems Thinking and Leadership
Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW
Faculty Member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, DC

Like families, organizations have an emotional side to them that is predictable. In today’s anxious world, filled with stressed people and anxious organizations, systems ideas can help a leader understand the terrain of leadership, the forces at work within that terrain and provide some guidance for managing oneself effectively as a leader and a follower. This talk explores the implications of Bowen theory for organizational leadership.