Educational Seminars in Bowen Family Systems Theory


The New England Seminar on Bowen Theory has been organizing educational programs in Bowen Theory since 2001. The seminar series has been planned to attract people at all stages in their study of Bowen Theory. Typically the day features a guest speaker followed by an afternoon of short presentations by members of the New England Seminar on Bowen Theory as well as program participants. Presentations by guest speakers have focused on a wide variety of topics with the goal of expanding one's knowledge of human behavior and theory.

Program Schedule and Presentations:

Friday, October 27, 2017

NESBT Conference on Societal Process

The annual Conference on Societal Process, sponsored by the New England Seminar on Bowen Theory, is scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2017, at Clark University in Worcester, Mass, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference will be available on Zoom for attendance online.

The NESBT has been organizing these conferences since 2006, and this year moved to two conferences a year. The June conference will be on the environment, while the October conference will follow its tradition of offering presentations on a variety of topics related to emotional process in society.

These are remarkable times for an observer of society. From the election and presidency of Donald Trump to terrorist attacks in Europe and the U.S. and the rise of neo-Nazis and the alt-right. From nuclear war threatened by North Korea, the continuing refugee crises in Europe and the immigration conundrums at home, to, underlying it all, climate change and environmental depredations - current events provide us with many, many avenues to enhancing our understanding of emotional process in society.

What a gift Bowen theory is in these times. More than two decades after his death, Dr. Bowen's work continues to have profound resonance - perhaps now more than ever. It offers us a path for negotiating the world around us, understanding how we ourselves participate in the dysfunction and shaping our behavior more responsibly.

Responsible Citizens in an Anxious Society

--Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
-- 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
-- 8:00 a.m.
-- Grace Conference Room
-- Higgins University Center
-- Clark University
-- Worcester, Mass.
-- $125
-- $75, students, retirees and Zoom participants

Join us to explore a different way to view the remarkable times we live in. Bowen family systems theory helps us examine politics, social problems and the role of religion in ways that go beyond the cause and effect thinking that encourages us to assign blame.

Current events provide us with a great opportunity to develop our understanding of emotional process in society, from presidential elections, police shootings and white supremacist marches at home to terrorist attacks and refugee crises abroad and, underlying it all, climate change and environmental depredations.

How is a responsible individual to respond? Come and help us explore answers to that question.

Please note: We are offering participation online via Zoom.


The Emotional System
Laurie Lassiter, PhD, MSW

Systems Thinking and Faith
Mary Louise Klimm, MSW, LICSW

Individual Responses to Societal Fluctuations
Bennett Tittler, PhD

A Current Bowen Belief Assignment: - What I Believe and Experience About and as "the Other"
Mary Catherine (Kitty) Bass, M. Div. MSW, LCSW

The Importance of Functional Level of Differentiation in the Conduct of Consensus-Based Negotiation and Decision-Making
Patricia Comella, JD

The National Village Movement: A personal report from the field
Katharine Gratwick Baker, PhD

The Continuum of Differentiation in Relation to Death
Peter Titelman, Ph.D.

The Privatization of Water - A View of the Emotional System
Ann Nicholson, RN, MS, CS

Binding: The "political/scapegoating" force in social groups
Andrea Schara, LCSWA

Fracturing Communications and an Anxious Society
Barbara LeBlanc