Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.

PROGRAM for 2017 Conference: The Self, How much autonomy is possible


Program – Thursday 15th June 2017

The first 2 keynote presentations by Dr Kerr will be live streamed from 9:00 to 12:30

9:00am Welcome & conference opening

9:10am Dr Michael Kerr – Core Ideas in Bowen Family Systems Theory

10:30am Morning tea

11:00am Dr Michael Kerr – Bowen Theory: Reaching towards Neuroscience

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Invited Clinical Researcher – Jenny Brown

Parents Recovering Self: exploring indicators of parents losing and gaining self during their adolescent’s mental health treatment.

3:00 – 3:30pm Afternoon tea

3:30pm Dr Michael Kerr –DVD interview with a client as she describes her efforts to function with more “self” in her nuclear and extended family.

4:30 – 5:00pm Summary of themes from the day; Discussion & Questions

Program – Friday 16th June 2017

9:00am Welcome & Invited Scientific Researcher – Dr Stephen Suomi (via zoom from USA). Autonomy and Attachment – what can be learned from research with primates?

10:30-11:00am Morning tea

11:00am Dr Michael Kerr – Applying Bowen Theory to the Sandy Hook Shooter and his Family 

12:30- 1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:45pm Workshop options:

  • Annemarie Bickerton – Managing self in complex and demanding work setting
  • Jo Wright – Self of the Therapist: Developing capacity for emotional autonomy in the face of systems arousal
  • Linda MacKay – Bowen Family Systems Theory: A focus on self and family
  • Lily Mailler – The self in the system during a nodal family event

2:45 – 3:15pm Afternoon tea

3:15pm Dr Michael Kerr – The Hidden Life of Families: Presentation & DVD illustrating the relationship processes and extreme lack of “self” that are underneath (‘hidden’) in extreme clinical dysfunction.

4:45 – 5:00pm Conference wrap up

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