Southern California Education and Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory


Live Streaming Bowen Theory Conference

Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm PST

Live Streaming site: Maple Woods Community College, 2601 NE Barry Road Kansas City. Missouri. 64156.

Attend Live Streaming Conference on site in Kansas City or from a computer of your choice, in a location of your choice!

Sponsored by Bowen Theory Academy

Co-sponsored by Kansas City Center for Family & Organizational Systems and Southern CA Education & Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory.

Conference Speakers:

  • Michael Kerr, M.D. - Director, Bowen Theory Academy, Director Emeritus; Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Lumpkin, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology Georgetown University; Past Chair, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University School of Medicine; Course Director of the Physiology of Mind-Body Medicine, Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAM), Georgetown University.
  • Kathleen Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialist, Founding Board Member Bowen Theory Academy, Coordinator, Family History Database Project and the Bowen Theory Academy Research Seminar
  • Margaret Otto, LSCSW - Director and Co-founder, Kansas City Center for Family & Organizational Systems; Local and national leader in representing Bowen Family Systems Theory, including presenting at regional and national

Conference Topic: “The Hidden Life of Families: Relationships, Stress and Symptom Develop”

Murray Bowen originally developed his ideas from researching families and developing the model for family systems research and clinical practice. Michael Kerr, M.D., Director of the Bowen Theory Academy and Director Emeritus of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington DC., is currently focusing on a modern evolutionary synthesis of Bowen Theory; a core set of ideas consistent with Dr. Bowen's original thinking that can be studied and extended. Dr. Kerr's commitment to tie theoretical variables and the eventual connection of theory with science is an effort to counteract the overall distortions in Bowen theory. Dr. Kerr's forthcoming second book, "Bowen Theory Secrets: Revealing the Hidden Life of Families" is scheduled to be released Summer 2018 and is an important part of his latest effort. The title and focus of the November 30, 2018 conference is influenced in part by the title of Dr. Kerr's new book.

Dr. Kerr and other contemporary Bowen theory leaders are intentionally reaching toward the life sciences in the effort to develop a science of human behavior. The future of Bowen theory hinges on the ability to incorporate pertinent findings from the life sciences as well as contribute knowledge back to them. This reciprocal process is informing today's system thinkers and contributing to the extension of Bowen theory into the future. In recent years, there has been major areas of progress in the development of Bowen theory which has emerged from the "viable contact with the accepted sciences." Murray Bowen charged all of us to keep family theory from becoming a closed system. People interested in the theory are constantly exposed to new facts from other relevant academic disciplines and are challenged to see if the facts support or contradict the theory as it is currently formulated.

Toward this end, I am very pleased to offer this exciting new live streaming venue for the November 30, 2018 conference. A total of four knowledgeable experts have accepted the invitation to share their thinking and research on the "“unidisease concept.” current stress physiology (how the CNS, endocrine system, and immune system regulate each other), mind-body integration, the anatomy of a symptom, and current theories of emotion.

All four conference speakers will be presenting live from the Maple Woods Community College site in Kansas City MO. The conference will be streamed live, in real time, to participants in San Diego, as well as other sites in the US, Canada and Australia. Participants will have access to the live streaming conference via a computer of their choice, in a location of their choice.

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm PST


  • Live streaming via a computer of your choice, in location of your choice.
  • In person attendance at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, MO.

Course approved for 6.5 CE Credits

Approved by CPA-OPD to sponsor professional continuing education for California PSY/LCSW/LMFT.

Online Registration

To register online, follow link to: Bowen Theory Academy

Registration Cost

  • $175.00 (Licensed and Others)
  • $100.00 (Students Trainees, Reg. Interns)

Online registration opens in July 2018!

What's New?

Look for new, revised website for Southern California Education & Training in Bowen Theory coming this summer!

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