Managing the Emotional Self and Application of Bowen Theory to the Treatment of Relationship Problems – April 26, 2010HK$500
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.
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Bowen Family Systems Theory: Self, Family and Relationships - April 26, 2010
Relationships between the member of an independent social unit such as the family are the greatest sources of healing but is also the greatest source of real and perceived threats. Disturbances in important relationships are the principal source of chronic activation of the stress response leading to physical, emotional, behavioural and psychiatric symptoms. Bowen family systems theory describes the specifics of these relationship processes, and so provides a blueprint for change.