Is Helping Overrated?

  • May 06, 2021
  • Margaret Marcuson, M.Div.
  • 6 Comments

I would have answered once upon a time with more questions: “How could helping be overrated? Isn’t helping others a good thing?” I answer that question differently now: Helping is overrated when it is driven more by my own anxiety than by the real needs ...

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Nineteen Years of Learning in the WPFC Basic Seminar in Bowen Theory

  • March 17, 2021
  • Mick Landaiche, Ph.D.
  • 6 Comments

In the fall of 2002, I began my first formal training in Bowen family systems theory. I understand it to be a theory of human neurophysiological functioning and development, for both individuals and their human systems, with both inextricably intertwined as are the human mind ...

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Moving Beyond “Why?”

  • February 17, 2021
  • David Swanson, M.Div.
  • 6 Comments

Recently, I was walking with a friend through snowy woods, talking about some hopes and plans I have for my vocational future. As I spoke about this, my mind became fuzzy, and I was muddled in a deep feeling of insecurity and doubt, even as ...

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Linn Pittman: Goodbye and Thank You

  • January 06, 2021
  • Catherine M. Rakow  MSW, ACSW
  • 11 Comments

WPFC, founded as an educational center for those interested in learning a theory about how families and organizations work, operates with the tenets of Bowen systems theory in paying attention to relationships, in thinking and managing self in ways that show the principles of the ...

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Seeking Clarity with a Neighborhood on Fire

  • December 16, 2020
  • David Swanson, M.Div.
  • 8 Comments

Candie and Miles* were upset and afraid.  Their neighborhood had recently erupted in multiple instances of gun violence, some of which had happened right in front of their home. They wanted to move as soon as possible.   When this couple shared their prayer request ...

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You Mean This Dance Has Partners?

  • December 09, 2020
  • Carl A. Jensen, MDiv MSEd
  • 3 Comments

Long ago, I read about wolves and rabbits in a particular area.  When the number of wolves went up, the number of rabbits went down.  With fewer rabbits to eat, the wolf population went down.  With fewer wolves to eat them, the rabbit population went ...

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In Search of Facts

  • November 18, 2020
  • Carl A. Jensen
  • 2 Comments

How can we understand human functioning?  Through facts? Feelings?  Something else? Philosophy, theology, literature, ethics, and other disciplines have their own methodologies for making sense of being human.  However, Dr. Bowen took a scientific approach.  This did not replace other disciplines, but rather provided a ...

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Bowen Nuggets – A Light Comes On

  • November 04, 2020
  • Sandra Block, LCSW
  • 1 Comment

I emerged from my family of origin into the adult world at a time when new possibilities were happening for young women.  It was the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, and the women’s movement was in full swing.  But along with excitement and enthusiasm for a future ...

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Bowen Nuggets – From Father to Son

  • October 07, 2020
  • Avrum Nadigel, MSW, BComm
  • 4 Comments

My relationship with my father was tepid, punctuated by occasional violence. Like many men, I swore I’d never treat my child the way he treated me. As a young camp counsellor, my glowing evaluations confirmed that I was nothing like him. This was an understandable, ...

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Bowen Theory Nuggets – A New Blog Series

  • September 23, 2020
  • Sandra Caffo, LCSW
  • 4 Comments

Students of Bowen theory find all sorts of ways to make the theory their own, often beginning with a single idea that commanded their attention. The point of this series is to describe how one tidbit gleaned from Bowen theory has stuck with or influenced ...

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