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May 4 & 5, 2018

The Family Emotional System:
Its Influence on Behavior, Relationships, and Symptom Development

WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Michael E. Kerr, M.D.
Peter J. Gianaros, Ph.D.

 


Friday, May 4
9am – noon

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.
Part 1: Bowen Theory’s Unique View of Human Development
Part 2: First You Start to Die, then You Get the Disease that Kills You

There is significant research which demonstrates that adverse environments and experiences in early childhood can contribute to the development of chronic emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms in adult life. Much of the adversity focused on in this research is that of abuse and neglect. In this first presentation Dr. Kerr will present a perspective which accounts for resilience and vulnerability in response to adversity during childhood based on Bowen Family Systems Theory.
In his second presentation Dr. Kerr will emphasize the kinds of variables that Bowen Family Systems Theory defines which generate the level of emotional disequilibrium that can manifest in a serious illness.


Michael E. Kerr, M.D. Dr. Kerr is President of the Bowen Theory Academy in Islesboro, Maine and Director Emeritus of the Bowen Center for Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Family Evaluation and has just completed a second book, The Hidden Life of Families.

Dr. Kerr’s research interests include cancer and family emotional process, the development of a unidisease concept, and the process of differentiation of self. His primary research interests have been the relationship of physical, emotional and social symptoms to family emotional process, and the process of differentiation in clinical work.
 


FRIDAY AFTERNOON PRESENTATIONS

1:15pm
Interpersonal Pathways of Stress
Daniel V. Papero, Ph.D.

2:00pm
Family and the Development of Adaptive Capacity
Robert J. Noone, Ph.D.

2:30pm
Panel Discussion with Drs. Gianaros and Kerr

3:00pm
BREAK

3:20pm
Variation in Levels of Differentiation for Families Facing Death
Peter Titelman, Ph.D.

3:40pm
Low Differentiation Family Reaction to Grandparent Death
James E. Jones, Ph.D.

4:00pm
The Family Emotional System and the Functioning of Slave Owners, Slaves, and Their Descendants
Mignonette N. Keller, Ph.D.

4:20pm
Panel Discussion with Drs. Gianaros and Kerr

4:45pm
Adjourn

 


Saturday, May 5
9am – noon

Peter J. Gianaros, Ph.D.
Neurobiology of Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Health

Research by Dr. Gianaros and his colleagues uses human functional and structural neuroimaging methods to understand how the brain links stressful experiences with risk for developing illness. Among his many publications is “Central role of the brain in stress and adaptation: Links to socioeconomic status, health, and disease.” McEwen, B.S. and Gianaros, P.J., 2010.


Peter J. Gianaros, Ph.D. Dr. Gianaros will present current research which sheds light on how adverse environmental conditions over the course of development can influence the capacity of individuals to respond to stress and their vulnerability for developing physical and emotional symptoms in adult life. His presentation will present evidence for understanding how the brain embodies multiple dimensions of disadvantage to influence health disparities throughout life.
 


SATURDAY AFTERNOON PRESENTATIONS

1:00pm
Bowen Theory in Organizations: Personal Use of Bowen Theory to Thrive (or at Least Survive) During Mergers and Acquisitions
Patty Sheridan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

1:20pm
A Swerve Toward Systems Thinking in Cancer Research: What is Still Missing?
Cecilia Guzman, MS, LCPC

1:40pm
Living in the Triangles: Learning from Our Parents over a Lifetime
Carrie E. Collier, PhD, LPC

2:00pm
Panel Discussion with Drs. Gianaros and Kerr

2:30pm
BREAK

2:50pm
Expulsion Events
John Bell, M.Div.

3:10pm
Ideas about Chronic Anxiety in Society
Gina Ferrera, MSW

3:30pm
Teaching Bowen Theory Cross Culturally: Contrasting Systems Thinking and Conventional Thinking
James B. Smith, MS

3:50pm
Panel Discussion with Drs. Gianaros and Kerr

4:15pm
Adjourn

  

Date, Time & Location


May 4 & 5 2018

8:30 am: Registration
9:00 am–4:30 pm: Friday Conference Hours
9:00 am–4:15 pm: Saturday Conference Hours

Location

The Lakeview Center
Gilson Park, Wilmette, Illinois

  

Registration


The registration deadline is Friday, April 27, 2018. Please arrive at 8:30 am on the day of the event.

Registration Fees

Both Days
Individual: $285
Organizational (3 or more): $210 per person
Student with valid ID: $160

Single Day (Friday or Saturday)
Individual: $195
Organizational: $170 (per person)
Student with valid ID: $95

Fee includes CEUs and lunch
12 credit hours will be offered for the 2 days. Approved for social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and professional counselor education credits.
 

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