Please Note: The months of February and March are not part of the Clinical Conference Series, and are not included in the Entire Conference Series or the Four-Conference Package. View the Ethics Seminar page for the meeting in February and the Clergy Conference page for the meeting in March.

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Dates for the Clinical Conference Series for 2016-2017

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December 9, 2016

Douglas C. Murphy, MA, LCMFT
A Difficult Past: Working with Facts and Defining a Self
People who face challenges in their functioning often attribute these challenges to difficulties they and their families experienced in the past. This conference will look at these accounts of the past as individuals become more factual about them through their effort to understand the family as an emotional system.

Location: The Bowen Center
Limited garage parking is available. Street parking is available beginning 9:30am. Please contact for more details.

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January 13, 2017

Randall T. Frost, MDiv
The Predictability of the Family Emotional System
The intensity of the unresolved emotional attachment between adult children and their original families predicts the degree of vulnerability to dysfunction for each person and the nuclear family they establish. This hypothesis, derived from Bowen theory, will be explored for its clinical implications.

Location: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

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April 20, 2017 (Thursday)

Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW, LICSW
Leadership in a Family
Through a lecture and videotaped interviews, this conference will explore what it means to be a leader in a family. From the viewpoint of Bowen’s idea of differentiation of self, the leader does not have to be the chief executive officer of the family, but be a responsible and thoughtful member of the system. The differences and similarities of leadership in a family and an organization will be described and demonstrated.

Location: Johns Hopkins University – Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive, Room 121, Rockville, MD 20850

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May 19, 2017

Kathleen K. Wiseman, MBA
From Generation to Generation: The Evolution of Emotional, Financial, and Legal Issues in the Family System
How can a systems perspective employing Bowen theory assist in understanding the natural evolutionary process that all families experience? This conference will explore the question of how Bowen theory can build capacity in a person and a family to manage the changes.

Note: CEs are not offered in Counseling for this meeting. Social Work CEUs are available.

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June 16, 2017

Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT
Differentiation of Self: Evidence for Reversibility of the Impact of Family History
This presentation will draw upon evidence from the Observations of Change research project and videotaped interviews to illustrate ways that steps toward differentiation of self in family systems psychotherapy bring about changes associated with improved health and functioning in the family. The discussion will focus on ways that changes in physiological reactions and patterns of interaction within the family indicate reversibility of the impact of adversity and epigenetic influences in one’s own lifetime and over generations in a family.

Past Conferences

October 7, 2016

The 2nd Annual Conference on: Bowen Theory and Its Applications: Emotional Process in Relationship Systems
Dr. Murray Bowen defined emotional functioning to include the automatic forces that govern protoplasmic life: the force that biology defines as instinct, reproduction, the automatic activity controlled by the automatic nervous system, subjective emotional and feeling states, and the forces that govern relationship systems. The conference seeks to explore his sweeping view of emotional functioning and its implications for human relationship processes, with a look at the impact of fusion between the emotions and the intellect on human functioning.

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Location: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

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November 3, 2016 (Thursday)

Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW
Symptoms in the Family
Virtually all clinical efforts begin when a symptom develops in an individual and/or in a relationship system. The goal of this conference will be to discuss how symptoms develop and how individuals and family systems respond and manage the symptom.

Location: St. George’s Episcopal Church. Taking the Metro is strongly advised. Please see the directions page for important details, especially the “Getting Around” section.