Lectures are held at the Bowen Center at 7:30 pm on the 2018-2019 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.

Can’t attend the lectures in DC? The lecture and discussion are streamed 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.) Livestreamed recordings will be saved on the Bowen Center’s Facebook page to view.

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.

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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.