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Welcome and Introduction —  Michael E. Kerr, MD

NIMH Research and the Origin of Family Psychotherapy — John F. Butler, PhD
Conceptualizing the family as an emotional unit and attempting to keep tensions within the research families were key factors in the development of family psychotherapy.

Bowen Theory: A Comprehensive Natural Systems Theory —  LeAnn Howard, MSW
Studies of harvester ants may provide evidence for the fundamental life forces of individuality and togetherness in the functioning and evolution of insect colonies.

Panel Discussion

Understanding Male Homosexuality —  Kent E. Webb, MSW
Investigation of 100 psychotherapy cases and an extensive literature review suggest that a natural systems perspective could provide a new understanding of male homosexuality.

Bereavement Research as It Relates to Bowen Theory —  Deloras Pemberton, PhD
Anxiety is the primary variable explaining the challenges bereaved individuals face. Supportive relationships are more useful for adapting to loss than an emphasis on emotional expression.

Panel Discussion

Has Parenting Become Too Difficult? — Peter N. Stearns, PhD
Recent decades have shown a shift in the ways childhood and parenting have been experienced and perceived. Parents have lost confidence in the capability of their children and in their own parenting skills. The modern social context in the US and its impact on parenting will be highlighted.

The Fear Factor —  Peter N. Stearns, PhD
The 20th century pattern of parental anxiety is driven by the concept that children are fragile and parents are obliged to manage their children's lives and assure their happiness. A historical survey of popular media, "expert" childrearing manuals, and newspapers and journals shows how schooling, physical and emotional vulnerability, and the rise of commercialism has fueled the fear factor.

Panel Discussion

Using the Cognitive to Control the "Twitch"  —  Daniel V. Papero, PhD, MSW
Bowen theory’s idea that the intellectual system can exert some control over emotional reactivity is being increasingly explicated by neuroscience.

Parenting Processes and Children’s Cardiac Physiology —  Elizabeth A. Skowron, PhD
Findings from a study suggests a relationship between maternal differentiation of self and children’s cardiac physiology, and their ability to self-regulate.

Chronic Anxiety, Stress Reactivity, and Epigenetics — Robert J. Noone, PhD
Parent-offspring interactions can influence the offspring’s gene expression in ways that affect his stress response systems. This epigenetic effect can persist into adulthood.

Panel Discussion

Observing and Evaluating the Family Projection Process — Lona Hardy, MSW
Report of a three generational study of two clinical families assesses the relationship between the intensity of a family’s emotional focus on a child and the child’s functioning.

Varieties of Functional Differentiation —  James E. Jones, PhD
Besides relationship factors, many non-relationship factors such as beliefs and all other anxiety-binding behaviors can influence functional level of differentiation.

Panel Discussion

Michael E. Kerr, MD
Human relationship systems function as if they are governed by two counterbalancing and opposing life forces: differentiation (individuality) and togetherness.

Randall T. Frost, MDiv
The relationship of differentiation to the life forces of individuality and togetherness points to how both forces can be more or less integrated with higher brain centers.

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Metastatic Breast Cancer and the Family — Joan Jurkowski, MS
Emotional isolation, anxiety, and the need for closer relationships were present in the family member diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. The cancer was a wake-up call.

Anatomy of a Symptom —  Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA
The occurrence of thyroid cancer is examined by reviewing important family, work, and social systems for how elevated chronic anxiety contributed to the symptom intensifying.

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