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San Diego Bowen Theory conference
June 22, 2013
Featuring Kathleen Kerr, MSN, MA
- Southern California Education & Training in Bowen Theory
- San Diego YMCA Youth & Family Services
The ties that bind: Child focus in families & society
"The process through
which parental undifferentiation impairs one or more children operates within
the primary triangle…It exists in all gradations of intensity, from those in
which impairment is minimal to those in which the child is seriously impaired
for life. The process is so universal it
is present to some degree in all families." — Murray
How does it happen that families
inadvertently impair those they care about the most? Bowen theory suggests that families have a
number of anxiety-binding mechanisms for dealing with their ambient level of
immaturity. One common process involves
parents/caretakers over-focusing on their children.
Helping and caring for the
children can make parents/caretakers feel less anxious. Doing so beyond the reality needs of the
young unwittingly programs the children to look to the parents and others for
direction and support. The children can fail
to develop a robust "self" to deal with the challenges of life. Upon reaching adulthood, they tend to
replicate their intense dependent relationships with the original
caretaker(s). Society has become
increasingly anxious about children and this climate reinforces parents own
tendencies to overdue it.
This one-day conference will focus on Bowen theory’s concepts of the family projection process, child focus, society’s increasing anxiety about children (societal regression), and parents' attempts to "dent" the process by working on their own part in it (differentiation of self).
For more than 35 years, YMCA Youth & Family Services has been providing
Counseling Services across San Diego County.
Kathleen Kerr, MSN, MA was on the faculty of the Bowen Center
for the Study of the Family from 1978 - 2012.
She is a nurse clinical-specialist, and has a private clinical practice
since 1975. She currently chairs the
Research Committee and coordinates the Family History Database Project, which
collects multiple multi-generational family histories to study basic concepts
in Bowen Theory.
Her research interests include: aging and the family, applying Bowen theory to organizations, the different kinds of systems thinking, mother-offspring relationships, and healthcare and Bowen theory. She has been given access to the data from the longitudinal research on chimpanzees begun by Jane Goodall, Ph.D. She has traveled to Gombe Stream Research Centre to observe chimpanzees in the wild. Her research interest is the effect of mother-offspring relationships on adult behavior.
Annual Bowen Theory Conference
June 22, 2013
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Course approved for 6.5 CE Credits for Psychology — CPA Office of Professional Development (#SOU042) LMFT/LCSW by CA BBS (#PCE 959)
RegistrationConferences sell out; register early for conference discount!
|$150||YMCA employee Licensed Psycholgist (LMFT/LCSW/Other)|
Register by 5/15/13 (regularly $200)
|$75||Interns, trainees, students & others (regularly $140)|
Register by 5/15/13
To register: Print out YMCA Discount Conference registration form Fill out completely. Note on the form that the registrant is connected to YMCA.
Please note: Registrants eligible for the YMCA discount will not be able to register online. They must print out the registration form and mail the form in with their payment.
Non-YMCA affiliated attendees may register at So Cal Bowen Theory website: