Dan Papero, Grant Shields, Laura Havstad
March 3, 2018
Courtyard by Marriott
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
6 CE Credits for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs
Streaming video will be available for each session of this conference. The introduction and first session: Chronic Stress and Tension in the Family are now available. See the program schedule below to access the video.
We as humans have a remarkable and ancient stress response that successfully guides our behavior in reaction to clear and present danger. However, to respond effectively to the ongoing temptations and the emotional threats that emerge out of the complexities of modern social life — such as chronic stress in family systems — requires self regulated behavior to override these instinctive and automatic reactions. Emotional and physical health, as well as educational, occupational and relationship success depend on self-regulation in daily life, and when planning for the future.
Family systems, psychology and physiology govern behavior in ways that can lead to failures of self regulation and the undermining of our aspirations. Understanding the interdependent systems that produce our automatic reactions to acute and chronic stress clarifies what it takes to be in charge of oneself. This knowledge guides clinical practice when the stress of events and chronic patterns calls for the individual and the group to “function up”.
Program & Schedule
8:15 Welcome & Introduction
8:30 Dan Papero: Chronic stress & tension in the family – How chronic tension in the family system impacts the functioning of family members.
10:00 Grant Shields: Uncovering the biology behind poor self regulation: A model of self regulatory failure – What’s known and unknown of the biology behind successful and failed self-regulation, and a novel hypothesis.
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 Laura Havstad: Weight Loss: Self Regulation or the Family System? A report of current research findings raises the question, is weight loss due to self regulation or the family system?.
2:45 Dan Papero: Working on Self in a Chronically Anxious System – Assisting members of an anxious family system to function up in clinical practice.
Grant Shields, MA
Grant Shields is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at U.C. Davis. Grant is an accomplished researcher with a list of publications in psychology’s most highly ranked journals. His interests are in understanding the effects of stress on cognition as well as the biological pathways through which those effects occur. He works with both Andrew Yonelinas in the Human Memory Lab and Brian Trainor in the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab at UC Davis. He also serves as an online project coordinator for George Slavich at the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research. A list of his publications may be found on his web site. A list of his publications may be found on his web site.
Daniel Papero PhD, LCSW
Dr. Papero is a faculty member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, is past director of the center’s training program and of its clinic. He is author of Bowen Family Systems Theory, one of the major texts on Bowen theory, and co-editor with Dr. Robert Noone of The Family Emotional System: An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science and Practice. He has contributed his expertise to our program in Sonoma County for many years and has mentored many clinicians and programs in the national and international network around Bowen theory. Dr. Papero is one of the most sought after speakers on Bowen theory. He lectures by invitation in the US and internationally.
Laura Havstad, PhD
Laura Havstad, is a clinical family psychologist with a therapy and consultation practice based on Bowen theory, in Sebastopol, California. She directs Programs in Bowen Theory in Northern California. She is active in the Network for the Advancement of Bowen Theory and is an editorial consultant for the journal Family Systems. Dr. Havstad received her training in Bowen theory from 1976 to 1980 in the Special Postgraduate Program in Family Systems Theory while Murray Bowen was its director at Georgetown University, Department of Psychiatry in Washington DC. Dr. Havstad presents in Northern California and around the country. She has organized over 50 meetings on Bowen family systems theory and its applications.