Linn Pittman: Goodbye and Thank You

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

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.

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

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

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
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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

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

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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Still White, Still Privileged – Now What?

  • September 09, 2020
  • Ann Depner, LCSW

Will history recall 2020 as the start of a new civil rights movement? This year’s events have certainly moved me.  Violent policing of people of color, widespread protests, a deadly virus that disproportionately affects Blacks  – all have prompted me to examine my role in ...

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Reflections on White Privilege

  • August 19, 2020
  • Ann Depner, LCSW

“White people have to see how they will benefit from racial equality.” Ibram Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racist, uttered these words in response to a question posed at the University of Pittsburgh’s recent Diversity Forum – “Can white people be engaged in ...

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Pandemic Parenting and Differentiation of Self

  • August 05, 2020
  • Jane Adams, MS

My daughter-in-law recently called me after her school district's superintendent announced tentative reopening plans for the upcoming school year. Like parents the world over, she and my son are torn among the varied options to provide a safe school reentry for their children in light ...

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