June 15, 2013
Courtyard by Marriott, Santa Rosa, CA
9:00am – 4:45pm
The family serves as the primary context for development for the child and arguably for the adult, until death. While allowing some freedom for the child to be an individual the family also conditions and pressures the child to fit into its emotional system. Meanwhile the genetic program inherited by the child determines temperamental, behavioral and personality characteristics which can be advantageous or detrimental in development, depending on context.
Psychotherapy based on Bowen theory emphasizes individual self-regulatory development and its impact on the family emotional system. As differentiation of self increases, the family changes and allows more individual difference as the relationship system is modified in response to emotional development in the individual. Extending our understanding of the interplay between development and the emotional system, new knowledge about gene – environment interactions reveals that the family plays some role in modifying gene expression and even the genome itself, with consequences for the multigenerational transmission of emotional process.
Through lecture, discussion and clinical video Dr. Papero will lead an exploration of the interplay between self-regulatory and family development, and how the emerging knowledge of gene x environment interactions contributes to our understanding of development and change in the individual and the family.
Dr. Daniel Papero, PhD LCSW is well known to students of Bowen theory. He is faculty and a board director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, in Washington, DC. Dr. Papero is author of Bowen Family Systems Theory and he lectures and consults nationally and internationally on family systems theory, family therapy and organizational emotional process. He has organized programs on the brain and the family and has a strong interest in how the study of natural systems in biology and behavioral science contribute to a science of human behavior.