Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.
May 22, 2019 0 comments

 Family Systems Clinical Case Seminar

Working with an individual with complex family of origin relationships

Dr Anne McKnight

Dr Anne McKnight

Dr. Anne S. McKnight, Director
The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family

The concept of cutoff, one concept in Murray Bowen’s family systems theory, is unique in the field of mental health. Cutoff describes distancing from or severing ties with important family relationships as a way to manage tension. He viewed bridging cutoff and developing a wide range of person-to-person relationships in the family as one of the best opportunities to address the immaturity that impedes one’s capacity to develop autonomy as an adult. Important to keep in mind, however, is that an individual pays a price for cutting off from family members and cutoff is often a last resort to prevent from feeling overwhelmed. From the individual’s point of view, cutoff is a way to preserve his or her identity. A case will be presented in which the decision to cut off from family members is a stepping stone to more thoughtful functioning. It will be interesting to explore is whether this individual will be able to again relate to her family as she continues her efforts.

 There will be opportunity for participants to discuss and ask questions.

Come to Neutral Bay to participate live and enjoy networking over refreshments

Or attend via web meeting

Dr. Anne S. McKnight, Director

The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family

Dr McKnight will present live from Washington DC via web-based meeting. She will show how she draws on Bowen theory to guide her clinical work and in preparing a clinical case presentation. As at faculty case conferences that have been running at the Bowen Centre for decades, she will facilitate a discussion of the case that opens up systems hypothesizing drawing on objective family data.

(Dr McKnight will present till 11. – The final hour will allow for further processing about the case over refreshments)

Date: Wed 22nd May 9:30 – 12:00

Venue: At the FSI Neutral Bay

Cost: $180 (incl GST)

*Please let us know if you wish to participate LIVE onsite at the FSI or online via web meeting.

Limited paces available.

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Please Note: All FSI events, unless otherwise stated are subject to our cancellation policy.


Bookings are closed for this event.

Date(s) - 22/05/2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm



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