Last weeks of Early Bird
Last weeks with Early Bird
If you plan to participate, book now, before March 31! The conference gives you a unique opportunity to meet some of the world's foremost representatives of Bowen's theory, a theory of human behavior. If you are not familiar with it - the whole program is designed to give you an introductory understanding of the breadth and usefulness of the theory.
The conference is a unique opportunity to participate in thirty presentations by authors, researchers and educators around the topic of "Managing Relations in a Changing World".
There is good hotel-standard accommodation, with daily transfer to the conference site included in the price. In the village where the conference is held, there are still about 10 beds available in the B&B. Register here! https://bowen2022.com/register
Wednesday 16.00 – 16.45
Katherine Kott, PhD
Is an organization development consultant and librarian, now retired. She has been actively involved with the Bowen theory community för over twenty year. Her dissertation studied the way organization development consultants use Bowen theory In their work.
Challenges and Opportunities for Bowen Theory Research in Work Systems
The eight concept in Bowen theory “Societal emotional process” is a more general concept than most of the other concepts Bowen put forth in his theory. This offers both challenges and opportunities to researchers and practitioners who wish to use Bowen theory in their work. This presentation will explore barriers and offer solutions to this dilemma. The presenter will discuss these challenges and opportunities based on her experience as a researcher applying Bowen theory to work systems as well as consulting to researchers who have been frustrated in their attempts to use Bowen theory in their work.
Wednesday 10.00 – 11.00
Victoria Harrison, MA, LMF
Ms. Harrison maintains clinical practice in Houston, Texas where she also directs the Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family. She commutes to DC where she has served on The Bowen Center faculty since 1992. She used the biofeedback program established by Lilian Rosenbaum, literature in evolution and natural sciences, and relationship with scientists to study health and reproduction.
Anxiety and Adaptation in Nature and the Family
This presentation will outline lessons from human evolution about adaptation to climate changes, a common threat in the history of life. It will include examples of human adaptation and questions raised about the future of our form of life. Details about this research are published in “Understanding and Managing the Impact of Climate Changes on Anxiety: Bowen Theory and An Evolutionary Perspective”, Family Systems, Vol. 16. “Creating a Climate for Change” available through The Bowen Center.
Monday 10.00 – 11.00
Anne McKnight, PhD
Dr. McKnight is a Family Therapist in private practice in Arlington, Virginia,and at the Bowen Center, Georgetown, Washington DC, USA. Dr. McKnight has been member of the Bowen Center faculty since 1992 Her activities have included directing, teaching, and supervising in the postgraduate training. She developed a special interest in families with addiction from working, teaching and supervising students in a child and family substance abuse program in Virginia. Director of the Bowen Center, Georgetown, Washington DC, between 2011 – 2020.
The Complexity of Cutoff:
Cutoff is a concept which addresses how individuals sever contact with one another to cope with tension in the family. Bowen originally theorized that cutoff was a reaction to “unresolved emotional attachment” or dependency on the previous generation but evolved to describe superficial contact between family members. Cutoff intensifies the emotional process in the nuclear family by removing viable connections with extended family and is often a mechanism used across generations to manage tension.
The Bowen Theory is developed by Dr. Murray Bowen, an American psychiatrist and a professor in psychiatry at Georgetown University. The Systems Theory is developed through practical work with clients during several decades. Dr. Bowen analyzed families, congregations, organizations and societies as emotional units. Instead of the individual perspective, focus was set on how relations are built and changed depending on context and various levels of anxiety. Dr. Bowen begun his research during the 1940’s at the Menninger Clinic, Later he continued at the Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, where he also founded the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.
Bowen Center i Washington: thebowencenter.org.