Systems Thinking in Daily Life: Bowen Theory in Families, Organizations and Communities – May 18, 2018HK$1000
About this course
Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned, for Wealth and Business Advisors who Work with Family Enterprise (Kathleen K. Wiseman) Preview
1) The Family Emotional System and the Multigenerational Family System (Robert J. Noone) Preview
2) The Function of Triangles in Problems and Solving Problems (Victoria Harrison) Preview
Concurrent Topical Presentations
1) Unresolved Emotional Attachment: Defining a Self in the Parental Triangle and in All Important Relationships (Selden Dunbar Illick) Preview
2) Transferring Wealth and Non-Material Legacy Across Generations (Mariana Martinez) Preview
3) A Death in the Family: Loss and Opportunity (Anne S. McKnight) Preview
1) You can Do Better: Understanding the Emotional Side of the Family Business (Mariana Martinez) Preview
2) Systems Thinking and Leadership (Daniel V. Papero) Preview
3) The Leader’s Management of Self (Daniel V. Papero) Preview
-in Clinical Practice
1) Autism (Michael E. Kerr) Preview
2) Attachment from the Perspective of Bowen Theory – The Resolution of Attachment as a Goal of Therapy Based on Bowen Theory (Laura Havstad) Preview
3) The Influence of Parental Emotional Attachment on Fear of Romantic Intimacy during Emerging Adulthood through the Lens of Differentiation of Self (Renee Chiu) Preview
1) Societal Emotional Process: East and West (Patricia A. Comella & Janis You) Preview
2) Introducing Bowen Family Systems Theory in Taiwan (Wen-Hsien Chiang)Preview
3) How to Address Polarization Using Systems Thinking (John Bell) Preview
Keynote Speech 0/1
Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned, for Wealth and Business Advisors who Work with Family Enterprise (Kathleen K. Wiseman)
Ms. Wiseman brings to this presentation her 35 years' worth of experience and her appreciation of the mistakes she has learned through the years to find a way to assist family enterprise and families of wealth with greater effectiveness using Bowen family systems theory.
Theory Sessions 0/1
1) The Family Emotional System and the Multigenerational Family System (Robert J. Noone)
The emotional process within a family is an evolutionary process over generations. Recent discoveries of non-genetic transmission of parental care and stress reactivity contributes to more understanding of how families adapt through the multigenerational process to result in variations of functioning across extended families within a family clan.
2) The Function of Triangles in Problems and Solving Problems (Victoria Harrison)
Ms. Harrison describes how she has come to understand emotional triangles and illustrates how they can be observed in families and work systems to help resolve relationship difficulties within these spheres and in clinical practice.
Concurrent Topical Presentations - in Family 0/1
1) Unresolved Emotional Attachment: Defining a Self in the Parental Triangle and in All Important Relationships (Selden Dunbar Illick)
An inability or unwillingness to tackle the unresolved emotional attachments will only lead to an increase in anxiety and emotional reactivity which halts the growing up process emotionally. Ms. Illick addresses her own efforts to resolve degrees of unresolved emotional attachment from her parental triangle which benefits her management of self in her relationships with others as well.
2) Transferring Wealth and Non-Material Legacy Across Generations (Mariana Martinez)
Bowen Family systems theory offers ideas on how family emotional process over generations can have a decisive effect on the transfer of the material and non-material legacy. Learning about these effects can help the family to increase their capacity of adapting to life challenges which can make the transitions smoother to the next generation.
3) A Death in the Family: Loss and Opportunity (Anne S. McKnight)
This talk discusses how intense interdependency among family members can contribute to their inability to recover from a death and can create a shock wave of reactivity and symptoms that can extend over several generations. Case examples are used to illustrate the shock wave.
Concurrent Topical Presentations - in Organizations 0/1
1) You can Do Better: Understanding the Emotional Side of the Family Business ( Mariana Martinez)
Professionals involved in family businesses face not only challenges of the business, but also challenges associated with the emotional aspects of these families. Bowen theory provides a lens to understand when emotional factors that operate in family overflow into their business, advancement such as professionalization, succession and change of ownership may be obstructed. In this presentation, Dr. Martinez provides practical recommendations, based on Bowen theory, for professionals to engage the emotional side of family businesses effectively.
2) and 3) Systems Thinking and Leadership and The Leader's Management of Self (Daniel V. Papero)
Bowen theory gives a helping hand to the organization leader in understanding the terrain and forces that are working in it as well as guidelines to manage oneself, be it a leader or a follower, more effectively.
Concurrent Topical Presentation - in Clinical Practice 0/1
1) Autism (Micahel E. Kerr)
Not much attention has been paid on how family relationship affects a child’s emotional functioning through its developmental years. Instead of invoking a diagnosis to explain the child’s behaviours, Bowen theory helps to explain how much of a child’s emotional functioning is inherent and how much is related to family interactions. Dr. Kerr illustrates this interplay between autism and family process with case studies.
2) Attachment from the Perspective of Bowen Theory, The Resolution of Attachment as a Goal of Therapy Based on Bowen Theory (Laura Havstad)
Bowen theory helps to explain why a family member who has a secure attachment can result in becoming functionally impaired when fusion, anxiety and triangles are intermingled in high intensity within the family. Having a different perspective to understanding attachment from a systems thinking viewpoint helps to bring the best outcome in family therapy.
3) The Influence of Parental Emotional Attachment on Fear of Romantic Intimacy during Emerging Adulthood through the Lens of Differentiation of Self (Renee Chiu)
Romantic intimacy signifies a hallmark during emerging adulthood which brings significant impact on individuals along their way of differentiating from their families of origin. Drawing on Bowen theory, the key to developing intimate relationship is to improve the individual's differentiation of self by resolving some of the unresolved emotional attachment to one's family of origin. Ms. Chiu developed a new clinical instrument to explore the influence of parental emotional attachment on the Hong Kong emerging adult's fear of romantic intimacy and to examine the mediating role of differentiation of self.
Concurrent Topical Presentations - in Society 0/1
1) Societal Emotional Process: East and West (Patricia A. Comella & Janis You)
Bowen theory is a theory about human emotional functioning that has emerged over decades. Between 1960-65, Bowen developed his six interlocking concepts and in 1974, added the concept "societal emotional process" which predicts that a society would become more intense with higher anxiety as it progresses. This topic is covered by two presentations. In the first presentation, Ms. Comella presents the efforts of Murray Bowen to explore the interconnections between the forces that motivate human emotional functioning through the emotional system and the ways in which these forces are expressed in the relationship systems shaped by the diverse cultures of human societies. In the second presentation, Mrs. You attempts to put Hong Kong under this microscope to examine how Hong Kong has managed itself since its handover to China in 1997 to see if the city has regressed and whether there are ways to alter this situation.
2) Introducing Bowen Family Systems Theory in Taiwan (Wen-Hsien Chiang)
Dr. Chiang presents his strategy of introducing Bowen theory into Taiwan which begins from translating books and articles on Bowen theory to teaching the theory through the support of Taiwan Association of Marriage and Family Counseling which leads to the establishment of an independent organization to introduce Bowen theory to different fields of professional communities in Taiwan.
3) How to Address Polarization Using Systems Thinking (John Bell)
Bowen family systems theory helps to explain how tensions lead to polarization of ideas and sectors in a community which can cripple community leaders against a fearful public and offers ways to addresses these challenges to provide opportunities for leaders to engage their community in ways that promote thinking.