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Spring Conference - The Child's Development of Self in the Family: A Systems Perspective

Speakers:  Dr Daniel Papero and Dr Mark Flinn 

Dates:  April 10 - 11, 2015          

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The development of children undergoes a predictable process from the time of conception to the time a child leaves home. As children grow, however, they vary in the degree to which they separate from an emotionally dependent relationship with their parents.
While individual theories of development most often characterize development as the life cycle of an individual, Bowen theory views the development of the individual as inseparable from a multi-generational emotional process that affects the entire family. The entire unit moves through each developmental period with every member of the family influencing the process of development.
A systems perspective on child development will be provided by Dr. Daniel Papero, a senior faculty member of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, DC. and by Dr. Mark Flinn, chairman of the department of anthropology at the University of Missouri.



Dr. Papero has been on the faculty of the Bowen Center since 1982 where he was a close colleague of Dr. Bowen. He is the author of the book, Bowen Family Systems Theory, and most recently he is co-editor, along with Bob Noone, of the forthcoming book, The Family Emotional System: The Interface of Theory, Science and Practice. In addition to wides pread speaking engagements and private practice, for many years Dr. Papero has evaluated single at risk mothers to assess their readiness to benefit from an innovative live-in program called Crossway Community in Washington DC. The program features a Montessori preschool program for children. Staff work closely with the mothers who are asked to change the way they think about life and their behavior.

Dr. Flinn has been conducting a unique and ongoing twenty year study of childhood stress, family relationships and health in the rural Caribbean community of Dominica. He compares what is happening in each child's family and in their social relationships to daily monitoring of the child's level of stresshormoneandimmunefunction.Dr.Flinn intends to continue his fieldwork in Dominica for at least the next five years to follow the children into adulthood and assess the effects of early stress throughout their life history. Dr. Flinn has published the results of his research widely. He has also been an enthusiastic presenter at a number of conferences that explore the relationship between Bowen theory and knowledge from the life sciences.

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To order this conference on DVD, please email: .