Laura Havstad was interviewed by Katherine Kott about a recently published book chapter Dr. Havstad wrote on death and the family system. Here is an edited transcript of the interview.
What happens in society when intensifying anxiety leads to an increased togetherness pressure? Download or stream the May 2017 Programs in Bowen Theory conference on Emotional Process in the Family and Society to find out.
Dr. Laura Havstad and Kathy Sheffield, LMFT, have published a research paper, “Study of Weight Loss as a Model for Clinical Research: Shifts in the Family System and the Course of Clinical Symptoms” in the April 2018 edition of the journal Family Systems. Here is a synopsis of the project:
Programs in Bowen Theory is pleased to announce a new service—streaming video of past conferences! Video recordings may now be rented or purchased for the March 2018 conference, Functioning Up: Self Regulation in Families Under Stress.
By Laura Havstad
With another terrifying school shooting in Florida this week I thought I’d try and address mass shootings based on emotional process in the family and in society.
When life threatens us with losses, we are first faced with acute threats to immediate well-being and then with the ongoing stresses of dealing with the changes we must make and adjust to. The October fires in Sonoma County are a case in point. The ability to respond effectively to the immediate and long-term problems matters for the future and can be threatened by the impacts of stress on the functioning of individuals and families.
There are new developments in Programs in Bowen Theory to report on. We have two new board members, an updated website and we are newly active on social media.
We are happy to announce that with some conversation about Programs in Bowen Theory and how it might grow, Katherine Kott, PhD, and Kathleen Sheffield, MFT agreed to help out and accepted the invitation to join our Board of Directors. With Jan Beaulyn, MFT, Daniel V Papero, LCSW, and myself we are now five. Our board members all have invested many years in learning and applying Bowen theory. You can read their brief biographies on the About page of the website.
Katherine Kott and Laura Havstad continue their conversation about emotional cutoff and bridging it. Part 2 focuses on principles for bridging cutoff and begins with a discussion of knowing triangles and getting outside the emotional system.
On September 11, 2017, Katherine Kott interviewed Laura Havstad about the concept of emotional cutoff in Bowen theory. The topic came up in clinical practice for Dr. Havstad, trying to think about a parent stymied in a cutoff with an adult child. Katherine Kott agreed to try and help lay out some thinking about cutoff and bridging it in this interview. Here's part 1 of the conversation which begins by defining cutoff between the generations. The conversation then begins to address some principles for bridging cutoff that emerge from understanding crucial aspects of the emotional system. Principles for bridging cutoff will continue in Part 2, which will be the next post here.