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Goal Direction and Family Functioning

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. Phillip Klever, MSW maintains a private practice in Kansas City, MO. This lecture was recorded live on January 17, 2019.

-1 sMAY 7
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Goal Direction and Family Functioning

What Are the Differences Between Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory?

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. Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW is the Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live on December 13, 2018.

-1 sMAY 7
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What Are the Differences Between Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory?

The Special Education Process: Trying to Apply Bowen Theory Surrounded by ‘Individual Thinking’

Robert 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. Robert Felton, MEd is an educational consultant located in Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live on October 4, 2018.

-1 sMAY 4
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The Special Education Process: Trying to Apply Bowen Theory Surrounded by ‘Individual Thinking’

Application of Theory: Toward Resolving Degrees of Unresolved Emotional Attachment

Dr. Murray Bowen stated: “The degree of unresolved emotional attachment to the parents is equivalent to the degree of undifferentiation that must somehow be handled in a person’s own life and in future generations” (Bowen, 1978, p. 382). He observed that all people have some degree of unresolved emotional attachment from their parents. These emotional attachments in the parental triangle formed at birth are initially necessary for survival. In the process of growing up and moving toward increasing independence, individuals come up against degrees of unresolved emotional attachment, or as Bowen sometimes described it, emotional dependencies. This presentation describes one person’s effort over time to apply Bowen Family Systems Theory to resolve degrees of unresolved emotional attachment in the parental triangle. Selden Dunbar Illick, LCSW is a Bowen family systems consultant. This lecture was recorded live in Washington, DC on June 7, 2018.

-1 s2018 JUN 28
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Application of Theory: Toward Resolving Degrees of Unresolved Emotional Attachment

A Partnership, a Marriage, the Search for Cures and How Bowen Theory Helped Chart the Course

Dr. Ruff was both a partner in life through marriage and in research with Candace B. Pert, PhD., with their discovery of Peptide-T which controlled the pain and extended thousands of lives in the treatment of the HIV virus. This discovery opened the door to a non-opioid treatment for pain. Dr. Pert contributed to the founding of the field of MindBody (her term) medicine in the mid-1980’s. Her sudden death in September 2013 created a whirlpool of reactivity in the family and their business requiring significant changes for Dr. Ruff in the last 5 years. These included a successful court action to give credit to Dr. Pert for her discoveries and his creation of a new business, Creative Bio-Peptides, Inc. Michael R. Ruff, PhD is the CEO and President of Creative Bio-Peptides, Inc. This lecture was recorded live in Washington, DC on May 17, 2018.

-1 s2018 JUN 1
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A Partnership, a Marriage, the Search for Cures and How Bowen Theory Helped Chart the Course

How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog

For the last six decades a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time. Lyudmila Trut has been lead scientist on this work since 1959, and together with biologist and historian of science, Lee Dugatkin, she tells the inside story of the science, politics, adventure, and love behind it all. Together these two risked not just their careers, but to an extent their lives, to make scientific history. If you go one level deeper, you find yourself lost in the magical tale of how some hardscrabble but openhearted humans and the wild animals which they domesticated developed such deep attachments to each other that both seemed to forget the species divide between them. Lee Alan Dugatkin, PhD, a biologist and historian of science, as well as a Professor and University Scholar in the Department of Biology at The University of Louisville in Kentucky. This lecture was recorded live at George Mason Univerity’s Arlin...

-1 s2018 MAY 1
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How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog

Bowen and Friedman: Two Systems Thinkers

Rabbi Edwin Friedman was a colleague and student of Murray Bowen’s family systems theory. As a dynamic speaker and brilliant thinker, he applied systems theory to the lives of clergy and the work of congregational life. Although he adopted some of Bowen’s concepts taken from natural systems, he added his own ideas in distinctive ways. The two speakers will address their different perspectives about their similarities and differences in their ideas. Slides for Dr. Jeunnette’s talk Slides for Dr. McKnight’s talk Carol P. Jeunnette, MDiv, PhD, Lutheran minister and a leader in the Voyageurs clergy group, and Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW, Director of The Bowen Center. This lecture was recorded live at The Bowen Center in Washington, DC on February 1, 2018.

-1 s2018 MAR 2
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Bowen and Friedman: Two Systems Thinkers

Operationalizing the Concept of Differentiation of Self for Family Research

The multi-faceted concept of differentiation of self includes numerous variables which, taken together, describe variation in lifestyle of individuals and families. This presentation will review and evaluate some of the ways in which the concept has been operationalized for purposes of family research. Other concepts such as resilience, coping, adaptation, and self-esteem will also be examined for their possible relevance to research on differentiation of self. Randall Frost, MDiv is a family therapist and pastoral counsellor; the Director of Training and Research at Living Systems in Vancouver, BC, and a Faculty Member at the Bowen Center in Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live at The Bowen Center in Washington, DC on January 11, 2018.

-1 s2018 JAN 30
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Operationalizing the Concept of Differentiation of Self for Family Research

Navigating the Waters of Adolescence – Moving from Surviving to Thriving in the Education Experience

Like a small rowboat in a big ocean, parenting an adolescent can leave adults feeling like they are far from safe harbor with no oars. Spend any time on Facebook and a parent will encounter advice, cajoling, and even criticism about how to parent. Carpool lines and soccer field sidelines are full of stories of how parents navigate the challenges of raising children. Through case study presentations and conversations with parents, grandparents, and educators (and anyone else who encounters adolescents on the loose), one can develop ways to think about their responsibilities to youth in their teen years for navigating the waters of this stage of human development. Amie Post, MA, LCMFT is the Executive/Clinical Director of the Family Crisis Center in Baltimore County, MD and the Administrator and Faculty Member at the Bowen Center, Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live at The Bowen Center in Washington, DC on December 7, 2017.

-1 s2017 DEC 14
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Navigating the Waters of Adolescence – Moving from Surviving to Thriving in the Education Experience

An Archival Approach to Preserving Murray Bowen’s Legacy

This presentation will describe the approach to preserve Dr. Bowen’s original letters and videotapes at the National Library of Medicine where they will be available for the ages and to also create an online digital database so that researchers can do their primary work. To enable both NLM researchers and the public to explore how Bowen developed his theory in his own words, The goal is to recreate the totality of each of his “laboratories,” including his family, genealogical records, and his professional world into a searchable, online database. Discussion will focus on how an archivist can select records that have the breadth and depth to replicate Bowen’s odyssey toward science as he documented the evolution of his thinking. Joanne Bowen, PhD is the Retired Senior Curator, Environmental Collections at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Research Professor in Anthropology at The College of William and Mary; and Current Director, Founder, and First President of The Murray Bow...

-1 s2017 JUL 12
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An Archival Approach to Preserving Murray Bowen’s Legacy

Latest Episodes

Goal Direction and Family Functioning

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. Phillip Klever, MSW maintains a private practice in Kansas City, MO. This lecture was recorded live on January 17, 2019.

-1 sMAY 7
Comments
Goal Direction and Family Functioning

What Are the Differences Between Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory?

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. Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW is the Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live on December 13, 2018.

-1 sMAY 7
Comments
What Are the Differences Between Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory?

The Special Education Process: Trying to Apply Bowen Theory Surrounded by ‘Individual Thinking’

Robert 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. Robert Felton, MEd is an educational consultant located in Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live on October 4, 2018.

-1 sMAY 4
Comments
The Special Education Process: Trying to Apply Bowen Theory Surrounded by ‘Individual Thinking’

Application of Theory: Toward Resolving Degrees of Unresolved Emotional Attachment

Dr. Murray Bowen stated: “The degree of unresolved emotional attachment to the parents is equivalent to the degree of undifferentiation that must somehow be handled in a person’s own life and in future generations” (Bowen, 1978, p. 382). He observed that all people have some degree of unresolved emotional attachment from their parents. These emotional attachments in the parental triangle formed at birth are initially necessary for survival. In the process of growing up and moving toward increasing independence, individuals come up against degrees of unresolved emotional attachment, or as Bowen sometimes described it, emotional dependencies. This presentation describes one person’s effort over time to apply Bowen Family Systems Theory to resolve degrees of unresolved emotional attachment in the parental triangle. Selden Dunbar Illick, LCSW is a Bowen family systems consultant. This lecture was recorded live in Washington, DC on June 7, 2018.

-1 s2018 JUN 28
Comments
Application of Theory: Toward Resolving Degrees of Unresolved Emotional Attachment

A Partnership, a Marriage, the Search for Cures and How Bowen Theory Helped Chart the Course

Dr. Ruff was both a partner in life through marriage and in research with Candace B. Pert, PhD., with their discovery of Peptide-T which controlled the pain and extended thousands of lives in the treatment of the HIV virus. This discovery opened the door to a non-opioid treatment for pain. Dr. Pert contributed to the founding of the field of MindBody (her term) medicine in the mid-1980’s. Her sudden death in September 2013 created a whirlpool of reactivity in the family and their business requiring significant changes for Dr. Ruff in the last 5 years. These included a successful court action to give credit to Dr. Pert for her discoveries and his creation of a new business, Creative Bio-Peptides, Inc. Michael R. Ruff, PhD is the CEO and President of Creative Bio-Peptides, Inc. This lecture was recorded live in Washington, DC on May 17, 2018.

-1 s2018 JUN 1
Comments
A Partnership, a Marriage, the Search for Cures and How Bowen Theory Helped Chart the Course

How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog

For the last six decades a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time. Lyudmila Trut has been lead scientist on this work since 1959, and together with biologist and historian of science, Lee Dugatkin, she tells the inside story of the science, politics, adventure, and love behind it all. Together these two risked not just their careers, but to an extent their lives, to make scientific history. If you go one level deeper, you find yourself lost in the magical tale of how some hardscrabble but openhearted humans and the wild animals which they domesticated developed such deep attachments to each other that both seemed to forget the species divide between them. Lee Alan Dugatkin, PhD, a biologist and historian of science, as well as a Professor and University Scholar in the Department of Biology at The University of Louisville in Kentucky. This lecture was recorded live at George Mason Univerity’s Arlin...

-1 s2018 MAY 1
Comments
How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog

Bowen and Friedman: Two Systems Thinkers

Rabbi Edwin Friedman was a colleague and student of Murray Bowen’s family systems theory. As a dynamic speaker and brilliant thinker, he applied systems theory to the lives of clergy and the work of congregational life. Although he adopted some of Bowen’s concepts taken from natural systems, he added his own ideas in distinctive ways. The two speakers will address their different perspectives about their similarities and differences in their ideas. Slides for Dr. Jeunnette’s talk Slides for Dr. McKnight’s talk Carol P. Jeunnette, MDiv, PhD, Lutheran minister and a leader in the Voyageurs clergy group, and Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW, Director of The Bowen Center. This lecture was recorded live at The Bowen Center in Washington, DC on February 1, 2018.

-1 s2018 MAR 2
Comments
Bowen and Friedman: Two Systems Thinkers

Operationalizing the Concept of Differentiation of Self for Family Research

The multi-faceted concept of differentiation of self includes numerous variables which, taken together, describe variation in lifestyle of individuals and families. This presentation will review and evaluate some of the ways in which the concept has been operationalized for purposes of family research. Other concepts such as resilience, coping, adaptation, and self-esteem will also be examined for their possible relevance to research on differentiation of self. Randall Frost, MDiv is a family therapist and pastoral counsellor; the Director of Training and Research at Living Systems in Vancouver, BC, and a Faculty Member at the Bowen Center in Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live at The Bowen Center in Washington, DC on January 11, 2018.

-1 s2018 JAN 30
Comments
Operationalizing the Concept of Differentiation of Self for Family Research

Navigating the Waters of Adolescence – Moving from Surviving to Thriving in the Education Experience

Like a small rowboat in a big ocean, parenting an adolescent can leave adults feeling like they are far from safe harbor with no oars. Spend any time on Facebook and a parent will encounter advice, cajoling, and even criticism about how to parent. Carpool lines and soccer field sidelines are full of stories of how parents navigate the challenges of raising children. Through case study presentations and conversations with parents, grandparents, and educators (and anyone else who encounters adolescents on the loose), one can develop ways to think about their responsibilities to youth in their teen years for navigating the waters of this stage of human development. Amie Post, MA, LCMFT is the Executive/Clinical Director of the Family Crisis Center in Baltimore County, MD and the Administrator and Faculty Member at the Bowen Center, Washington, DC. This lecture was recorded live at The Bowen Center in Washington, DC on December 7, 2017.

-1 s2017 DEC 14
Comments
Navigating the Waters of Adolescence – Moving from Surviving to Thriving in the Education Experience

An Archival Approach to Preserving Murray Bowen’s Legacy

This presentation will describe the approach to preserve Dr. Bowen’s original letters and videotapes at the National Library of Medicine where they will be available for the ages and to also create an online digital database so that researchers can do their primary work. To enable both NLM researchers and the public to explore how Bowen developed his theory in his own words, The goal is to recreate the totality of each of his “laboratories,” including his family, genealogical records, and his professional world into a searchable, online database. Discussion will focus on how an archivist can select records that have the breadth and depth to replicate Bowen’s odyssey toward science as he documented the evolution of his thinking. Joanne Bowen, PhD is the Retired Senior Curator, Environmental Collections at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Research Professor in Anthropology at The College of William and Mary; and Current Director, Founder, and First President of The Murray Bow...

-1 s2017 JUL 12
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An Archival Approach to Preserving Murray Bowen’s Legacy