Workshops: Bowen Family Systems

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Are "Squeaky Wheel" Children a Self-Fulfilling Prophesy? The Challenge of Developing Reality-Based Relationships with Our Children

ID: 5442

A child's degree of relationship dependence is a product of forces that promote and undermine that child's emotional separation from the family. According to Bowen family systems theory, when parent and child functioning promotes emotional separation, the emotional maturity level is maintained between generations. When their functioning undermines separation, parental generation immaturity is transmitted to the next generation. Family Projection Process, a Bowen theory concept, describes how parents instill part of their immaturity into children. Typically the parent becomes less anxious by focusing on one or more of their children. Their partner, sensitive to the caregivers' anxiety, supports their involvement with these children. Projection process steps are explored where a parent: (1) focuses on a child fearing something is wrong with that child; (2) interprets the child's behavior as confirming that fear; and (3) treats the child as if something is really wrong with that child.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Emotional Process in Society - How it Promotes Regressive and Progressive Periods and its Influence on Families

ID: 5469

Societal Emotional Process, a Bowen concept, describes how both progressive and regressive periods in societies are strongly influenced by an emotional system operating on a societal level. During regressive periods societies and their leaders tend to take easy ways out for addressing challenging issues and it is not until the pain associated with these short-term strategies begins to exceed the pain associated with acting on long-term views that societies emerge into progressive periods. This workshop will explore the challenges for families as parents attempt to raise children in periods of societal regression compared to raising children in more progressive periods.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Getting Beyond Blaming Self or Others - Becoming Factual about 500 Pound Gorilla Multigenerational Patterns

ID: 5467

This workshop explores the Multigenerational Transmission Process, a Bowen family systems theory concept and how understanding the facts of a family across generations is a means of identifying persistent behavior patterns. We will see that these patterns have histories and influence that transcend that of any one family member - thereby promoting a more objective understanding of these behavioral patterns, family members, and the parts of the that self-play a role in creating and perpetuating them.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Helicopter Parenting While in Perpetual Conflict with an Underfunctioning Co-pilot...A Love Story

ID: 5440

The Bowen family systems theory concept Nuclear Family Emotional Process describes the basic patterns of emotional functioning among and between members of two successive generations of a family - most often between partners and between the partners and their offspring. These basic patterns result in chronic anxiety. Family tensions come to rest in certain parts of the family such that the more anxiety one nuclear family or relationship absorbs, the less other family members or relationships must absorb. This workshop will explore how at sufficient levels of anxiety intensity, each pattern contributes to the development of one of three categories of clinical dysfunction in a nuclear family: (1) illness in a spouse; (2) marital conflict; and (3) impairment of one or more children.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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How to Avoid Getting Voted Off the Island - Understanding and Managing Relationship Triangles

ID: 5441

Remember your junior high cafeteria? If you generally artfully navigated through the dozens of relationship challenges, then skip this workshop. However, if those years still conjure up a bewilderingly painful struggle of relationship suffering, then this workshop is for you! Triangles, a Bowen family systems theory concept and Rosetta Stone for understanding those years as well as more recent distressing relationships, are the smallest stable relationship units or building blocks of larger emotional systems. If calm, a two-person unit may be stable, however since it tolerates little tension and calm, it is very difficult to maintain. It is automatic that when dyadic anxiety rises, one or both participants recruit a third into the situation - resulting in a triangle that can contain much more tension than the dyad because the tension can now shift between three relationships.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! - Balancing Individuality and Togetherness in Key Relationships

ID: 5465

Bowen family systems theory postulates that among the biologically-rooted drives within an organism, there are competing forces for individuality and togetherness. It is these forces that govern emotional transactions in all relationships. These counterbalancing life forces shift the locus of control for behavior from the individual to the emotional system. What transpires in the emotional system impacts the interplay of feeling and thinking in the individual which has a direct effect on his or her relationships. Increased chronic anxiety can result in an individuals' feelings overwhelming their intellectual system which leads to a drive for togetherness overwhelming their individuality in that emotional system. This workshop demonstrates how understanding the effects of chronic anxiety on individuality-togetherness balances can enhance one's functioning in various emotional systems.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Run for the Hills, It's Alive! The Personal and Practice Implications of the Family as a Living Emotional System

ID: 5463

Bowen family systems theory postulates that the family is a living emotional system where the behavior of each family member both simultaneously contributes to and reflects what is occurring in the family as a whole. This workshop considers a few of the profound personal and practice implications resulting from this perspective, specifically that: 1) people have less autonomy in their functioning than is commonly thought, 2) every family member's functioning contributes to medical, psychiatric, or social symptoms in another family member, and 3) treatment need not be directed at the symptomatic family member.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

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Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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The Birth Order Blues - Understanding Sibling Position Strengths, Blind Spots, and Liabilities

ID: 5468

The Bowen family systems theory concept of Sibling Position asserts that people who grow up in the same sibling position in families tend to have important common characteristics. For example, oldest children often gravitate towards leadership positions while youngest children often prefer to be followers. Applied to spousal, partner, and parenting relationships, sibling position often has considerable explanatory power for understanding the challenges and successes that couples and parents experience in their relationship and task negotiations.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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The Road to Emotional Maturity Has No Fast Lane: Towards Becoming a More Inner-Directed Self

ID: 5464

Most people want their decision-making and day-to-day behavior guided by a conscious set of well thought-out stances or principles. Perplexed by their own limitations in executing such thoughtful behavior, they find it harder still when they are anxious. Differentiation of Self, a cornerstone concept in Bowen family systems theory, explains these difficulties in terms of the degrees to which people are able to achieve emotional separation from their families-of-origin. This workshop considers the cognitive, emotional, and relationship variables that contribute to a person's basic levels of Differentiation of Self, as well as explores some of the essential elements needed in any concerted effort to increase one's basic level of self later in life.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

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Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
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Wherever I Go, There I Am (Eventually) - Repercussions of Escaping an "Impossible" Family

ID: 5466

Emotional cutoff, a Bowen family systems theory concept, describes how unresolved emotional issues with parents, siblings, and other family members are managed by reducing or totally cutting off emotional contact with them - moving away and rarely going home or by staying in physical contact but avoiding sensitive issues. Covering cutoff origins and consequences, this workshop also explores how bridging cutoffs provides a path out of recreating the past in the present nuclear family while reducing anxiety and improving personal and relationship functioning.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.50 Clinical

Instructor: Charles M. White, LCSW, LCAD
Ellen Rogan, MSN, APN
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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