Systems Thinking, Symptom Development & The Biological Embedding of Social Experience: Theory, Research, & Clinical Practice

With Daniel V Papero, PhD, LCSW of the Bowen Center in Washington, DC
And Darlene Francis, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Saturday, May 14, 2016
8:45am to 5:00pm

Courtyard by Marriott Santa Rosa, California
175 Railroad Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

The Biological Embedding of Social Experience

Darlene FrancisDarlene Francis’s research program explores how biological, psychological and social processes interact over a lifetime to influence health and vulnerability to disease. Her laboratory explores how these processes are causally related. The historic belief that information only flows in one direction, from the genome, is simply incorrect. The research demonstrates that genetically identical organisms can manifest dramatically different phenotypic profiles in response to different environmental and social conditions. The research is focused on exploring how social inequalities in health come to be. Francis optimistically focuses on identifying opportunities for intervention. This level of trans disciplinary research can only be conducted with multiple collaborations that span many disciplines (molecular epigenetics through to social epidemiology). In sum, her research explores how experience and social factors are transduced into biology.

Systems Thinking and Symptom Development

Daniel Papero PhD, LCSW

Daniel Papero PhD, LCSW

For more than a century researchers have sought evidence for discrete categories of emotional or psychiatric symptoms that regularly present in the clinician’s office.  The evidence has remained elusive.  With increasing knowledge from the study of epigenetics, there is a new view of the interplay between environmental factors and the regulation of gene expression that can lead to the development of symptoms in an individual.  The Research Domain Criteria Initiative (RDocs)  at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reflects the growing awareness in psychiatric research that the categorization model contains many inaccuracies and does not adequately capture the dynamic gene – environment interaction that appears to underlie many kinds of psychiatric  – and physical illness.  Bowen theorists continue to propose that symptoms of various kinds reflect disturbances of the relationship network in which the individual lives and functions.  The day will review some of the emerging research on symptom development and discuss what the Bowen theory may have to add to the new knowledge and thinking about symptom development.



8:15 Registration

8:45 Welcome – Laura Havstad, PhD, Programs in Bowen Theory

9:00 – 10:15 Dr. Darlene Francis –The Biological Embedding of Social Experience

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30  – 11:45 Dr. Papero – Systems Thinking and Symptom Development

11:45- 12:30  Panel with Dr. Francis and Dr. Papero and discussion with the audience

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch


2:00 – 3:00 Dr. Francis – Social Inequalities, Health Disparities and Opportunities for Intervention

2:45 – 3:00 break

3:00- 4:00 Dr. Papero – Treating the Disturbed Family Organism

4:00- 5:00 Panel with Dr. Francis and Dr. Papero and discussion with the audience

To Register

Regular fee is
$150 by April 29, $165 after April 29

For students & interns with proof of status:
$95 by April 29 or $115 after April 29

Includes 6 CEU’s for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs

Programs in Bowen Theory is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. PBT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Conference Registration Fees


Mail to:
Programs in Bowen Theory
P0 Box 1945
Sebastopol, CA 95473 – 1945

Include email address & phone, and proof of student/intern status

Refundable, minus $35 fee by April 29

Courtyard by Marriott – Sonoma Wine Country
175 Railroad Street – Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 573-9000

As available, $169, – available May 12, and $189 for  May 13, 14
(Note:  only the $189 rate is in the online system so once the reservations are made our hotel contact will go back in and adjust the rates accordingly)

Reserve by April 12, 2016
Book group rate online.

Or Call (707) 573-9000 ext 180 and ask for the group rate for Programs in Bowen Theory.

For more information:
Jan Beaulyn, MFT (707) 280-9773