Southern California Education and Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory


Annual Bowen Theory Conference

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sponsored by Southern California Education & Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory, Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D. (PSY15774), Director

Featuring: Michael Kerr, M.D
Islesboro, ME.

Topic: “The Hidden Life of Families”

It remains very difficult for human beings, all of whom are well schooled in individual, cause-and-effect thinking by the culture, to recognize how families function as emotional units. Murray Bowen’s ability to see the family as a unit stemmed from observations of symbiotic relationships between family members and patients hospitalized for a mental illness at the Menninger Clinic in the early 1950s and from the Family Study Project conducted at the National Institute of Mental Health between 1954 and 1959. In the past Dr. Kerr has compared Bowen’s NIMH project with Darwin’s voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. They were both unusual perspective-generating projects that led to radically new theories. Importantly, both Darwin and Bowen were able to communicate to others what they had learned through their new theories. Bowen’s application of systems thinking to describe the families at NIMH was a critical step.

The title of this conference, “The Hidden Life of Families,” is intended to convey that human beings are strongly governed by emotional forces, a finite number of universal relationship patterns, and chronic anxiety with little awareness of the impact these evolutionary-based emotional processes are having on their lives. This conference will be heavily loaded with descriptions from clinical and personal experience that will hopefully enhance people’s ability to discriminate between their own cause-and-effect versus systems thinking. Much of what will be presented is from a book Dr. Kerr has just completed and that is scheduled to be published in the late spring of 2018 by W.W. Norton.

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Location: Brandman University – San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road
San Diego, CA. 92108

Course approved for 6.5 CE Credits PSY/LMFT/LCSW (CPA-OPD #SOU042)

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Registration Cost

Registration Type: Initial Conference Fee
(Register online by Credit Card, PayPal, Check)

  • $200.00 (Licensed and Others) Paid by 09/30/17
  • $225.00 (Licensed and Others) Paid after 09/30/17
  • $125.00 (Students/Interns) Paid by 09/30/17
  • $175.00 (Students/Interns) Paid after 09/30/17

Credit Type: Additional Cost to the Initial Conference Fee

  • $10.00 6.5 CE Credits LMFT/LCSW
  • $15.00 6.5 CE Credits Psychology
  • $0.00 No Credit

Registration fully refundable by September 30, 2017 less $30.00 Cancellation Fee

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What's New?

September 2017 –June 2018
Accepting applications for San Diego Bowen Theory Postgraduate Training Program

For information and application, contact Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D., Director (619) 525-7747

Save the Date!

March 2018
Annual San Diego Spring Conference featuring Daniel Papero, Ph.D.
Online registration will open Fall 2017.