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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Family Secrets and Bowen Theory

  • July 22, 2020
  • Sandra Caffo, LCSW

I just finished reading the book When I Was White, a memoir by Sarah Valentine, Ph.D., who found out she was Black at age 27. It served as a vivid illustration of what Bowen theory describes as “the family emotional unit.” Ms. Valentine’s narrative centers ...

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Taking Sides and Managing Self at the Protest

  • July 08, 2020
  • David Swanson, M.Div.

Turn on the news today and you will see people in the streets protesting and demonstrating. These movements are activated around the question of race and the role it plays in our society. The question has become personal for me as an opportunity to deepen ...

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Searching for Self in This Time Outside Time

  • June 10, 2020
  • Wendy Levin-Shaw, LCSW

[ Editor's note: The WPFC blog posts every 2 weeks - "Searching for Self in This Time Outside Time" was written on May 14, 2020. Still the search for self is always important, and during this time of high emotions and concern perhaps even more ...

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On Trying Too Hard to Help

  • May 28, 2020
  • Catherine Rakow, MSW & Carl Jensen, MDiv., MSEd

Is there a therapist alive who has never tried harder to solve a client problem than his or her client?  Dr. Murray Bowen’s family research spoke to this dilemma and led to the surprising conclusion that families asked to simply explore and describe their functioning ...

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