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September 22, 2022 0 comments

Understanding and Dealing with Cutoff in Relationships

Thursday 22nd September 2022, 9:00am – 12:00pm (AEST) | On Zoom | Presented by Dr Anne McKnight


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 whether this individual will be able to again relate to her family as she continues her efforts.


Please note that because this will be an interactive online training event it will not be recorded.


Dr. Anne S. McKnight

Dr. Anne S. McKnight was appointed director of the Bowen Center in May 2010 and stepped down in Jmcknight-300.jpguly 2020. She is currently a director emeritus, continues to serve on the Center board, and is active in presenting, supervising, and organizing conferences. As director, she had special interest in supporting the development of Bowen theory around the world, including an international conference in Hong Kong and developing the Iberoamerican Institute at the Bowen Center. During her tenure, she recruited twelve new faculty and expanded training programming, while putting the Bowen Center on a solid financial footing.

Dr. McKnight has been a member of the Bowen Center faculty since 1992. Her activities have included directing, teaching, and supervising in the Postgraduate Programs, leading the internship program, organizing and presenting at conferences sponsored by the Bowen Center and at meetings nationally and internationally. As a family therapist for 40 years, she developed a special interest in families with addiction from working, teaching, and supervising students in a child and family substance abuse program in Virginia. She has written chapters in many books on Bowen theory and articles for the journal Family Systems.


$154 including GST

$132 including GST (if part of the FSI Network Group 1, Core Program Student or Organisations registering for 3 or more participants)


PD available. This workshop counts as recognised prior learning and is recommended to those enrolled in our Certificate and Advanced Certificate programs or for those wanting to enrol. For information about our in-depth training visit the certificate program homepage.


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



Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard Ticket - Cutoff in Relationships $154.00
Discounted Ticket - Cutoff in Relationships
(If part of the FSI Network Group 1, Core Program Students or Organisations registering for 3 or more participants)

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Date(s) - 22/09/2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

via Zoom

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