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.
Emotional Programming and Applying Bowen Theory to Treat Emotional Problems 0/5
Bowen Family Systems Theory: Self, Family and Relationships - April 24, 2010
These videos cover the 1st day of a 2-Day workshop by Dr. Michael Kerr on how differentiation of self develops in a person and how an adult can improve his level of differentiation. They address the essence of differentiation - the balancing of individual's interests with the group's interests. Differentiation is never a 'selfish' act, or acting 'selfless' for the sake of harmony. It reflects being as invested in other's welfare as much as in one's own welfare. Understanding differentiation and the family as an emotionally interdependent unit is the basis of this unique approach which addresses a wide range of human problems.
Triangles and Basic Principles Guiding Efforts to Increase Self 0/7
Bowen Family Systems Theory: Self, Family and Relationships - April 25, 2010
These videos cover the 2nd day of Dr. Michael Kerr's workshop. The first three videos in this series explain the concept of Triangles followed by Dr. Kerr providing some basic principles guiding efforts to increase "Self" with a case example in the remaining four videos.