Making a Difference in Self and Family – April 23, 2010HK$400
About this course
Dr. Michael E. Kerr, (M.D.) is a family psychiatrist and President of the Bowen Theory Academy in Islesboro, Maine, USA. He trained under and worked with Murray Bowen for more than twenty years, and succeeded Dr. Bowen as Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (originally the Georgetown Family Center) upon Dr. Bowen’s death in 1990. Dr. Kerr has been Emeritus Director of the Bowen Center since January 2011 and is now living in Maine. He continues a clinical practice, presents at conferences around the country, and writes about Bowen theory and its applications. He co-authored with Dr. Bowen a widely used text entitled, Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory. The book was excerpted in The Atlantic Monthly in 1988. His new book, Bowen theory Secrets: Revealing the Hidden Life of Families was released in February 2019.
Dr. Kerr’s research interests include cancer and family emotional process, the development of a unidisease concept, the relationship between human emotional process and emotional process in other species, and the process of differentiation of self.
Making a Difference in Self and Family: Application of Bowen Family Systems Theory (Public Lecture) 0/4
Bowen Family systems Theory: Self, Family and Relationship - April 23, 2010
Dr. Michael Kerr begins with a brief historical account of the development of the Bowen Family Systems Theory and illustrates with 3 vignettes to show how the theory is played out from his own clinical experience and family dynamics. In the first vignette, Dr. Kerr shares an example of the difference in handling a patient from the Attachment Theory and the Family Systems Theory approach. In the second vignette, Dr. Kerr illustrates how chronic anxiety escalates and spreads through the network of his family system and how his efforts towards a differentiation of self helps to diffuse that anxiety. In his third vignette, Dr. Kerr traces the dynamics of family triangles between his wife and their two children and how he learns to detriangle himself from these family triangles.