Programs in Bowen Theory brings some of the best practitioner/teachers of Bowen theory to its conferences in Northern California. Our meetings provide the opportunity for clinicians and others to learn about the unique perspective of Bowen theory along with up to date knowledge about pressing and age-old issues in mental health and human relationships.
Many previous conferences have been recorded and are available on DVD. The March 2018 and May 2017 conferences are available for streaming or download.
Programs in Bowen Theory's Spring Conference was held at the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Rosa on May 11, 2019. The meeting focus ed on new models for assessing family systems using Bowen theory. Speakers, Daniel V. Papero, Kathleen Sheffield, Laura Havstad, Patrick Stinson, and Mercy Burton Russell explored some of the following questions:
This meeting focuses on cutting edge knowledge about self-regulation and the other systems that regulate us, including family systems.
Daniel V Papero, PhD, and Michael Sullivan, LMSW discuss societal regression and regression in families at this conference that took place in Santa Rosa, CA in May, 2017.
Darlene Francis explores how biological, psychological and social processes interact over a lifetime to influence health and vulnerability to disease and Daniel V Papero discusses emerging research on symptom development what Bowen theory may have to add at this conference in Santa Rosa, CA in May, 2016.
Anthony Papa challenges conventional thinking about grief work and assumptions about optimal emotional patterns following loss, based on his research, and Daniel V Papero explores how relationship variables influence a family's reaction to death at this conference, held in Santa Rosa, CA in May, 2015.
The four points of the mindful compass remind one that knowledge of the emotional system is the basis for connecting with others, defining oneself, and sustaining one's own direction when the system threatens and opposes a shift to a higher level of differentiation. In this meeting, through lecture and discussion Andrea presents the mindful compass and explores how it clarifies the emotional reactions that are activated whenever one makes a decision.
Dr. Papero reviews the original research observations of the family as an emotional unit which led to development of family systems theory and family psychotherapy.
Dr. Papero leads an exploration of the interplay between self-regulatory and family development, and how the emerging knowledge of gene x environment interactions contributes to our understanding of development and change in the individual and the family.
Young adults are at a life stage (20-30 years of age) where they face the tasks of adulthood; separating from their family, gaining the education or experience to enter into employment and self sufficiency, establishing relationships which lead to a partnership later in life, and supporting themselves. Dr. McKnight looked at these questions from the point of view of Bowen family systems theory in which the young person, despite his/her efforts to gain independence, is profoundly affected by the functioning of their original family.
Dr. Daniel Papero talked about how traumatic events almost always involve others and explored the question of what the function of the family is, in coping with the effects, when extreme life events are experienced.
Kathy Wiseman presented a day of her thinking about how she uses Bowen family systems theory in her work as a family business consultant. The goal was to stimulate thinking about the field of family business consulting as seen through the lens of emotional process.
Dr. Papero unpacked what’s understood about the functioning of the brain and the psychology of self-regulation in the context of what it looks like to work on self-regulation in the family.
Dr. Laurie Lassiter demonstrated how the family regulates individuals and how a primitive social species like bacteria has social processes similar to the triangles that regulate individuals for the benefit of the group. The triangle is the way the human social group regulates the individual by exploiting individual sensitives to acceptance and rejection to maintain the system status quo, which benefits some at the expense of others.
Michael and Kathleen Kerr present information about Bowen theory's view of marriage and differentiation of self using their own marriage as an example.
Dr. Papero discusses anxious systems and current understanding of emotion. He presents Bowen’s electronic model followed by how emotion is understood today, anxiety and its effects on thinking, relationships and triangles.
A diverse panel of speakers discuss understanding the emotional system, Bowen theory, social psychology, and biology--particularly harvester ants.
Daniel Papero discusses what Bowen theory has to say about attachment, unresolved emotional attachment, the force for differentiation and the force for togetherness, anxiety, and triangles.
Dr. Papero summarizes classic attachment theory and how Bowen theory looks at symbiosis, anxiety and attachment. He then relates this information to adult attachment and marriage.
Dr. Michael Kerr explores the relationship between emotional process and the development of symptoms--in particular, cancer.
Dr. Daniel Papero discusses the family as an emotional unit within a larger multigenerational system: functioning position, anxiety, and symptoms.
Several speakers with extensive knowledge of Bowen theory discuss Bowen theory concepts including reducing emotional distance, autism and the family emotional process, and emotional cutoff.
Dr. Daniel Papero discusses marriage, relationship intensity and chronic anxiety as well as clinical processes and therapy based on Bowen theory to address marital relationships.
Lee Ross, Michael Kerr, and Daniel Papero discuss what goes into creating conflict and what can help resolve it based on their research, experience, and Bowen theory.
Dr. Daniel Papero discusses what goes into differentiation of self, including the integration of emotion and thinking.