San Diego Bowen Theory Conference - Online "Live" Zoom Conference


Conference Site: Online – Live Streaming Conference via Zoom

When: March 19, 2021 – 8:00am to 3:30pm (PDT)

Sponsored by: Southern CA Education & Training in Bowen Theory, Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D. (PSY15774), Director.

Conference Speaker: Daniel Papero, Ph.D., Senior Faculty member of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, D.C.

Conference Topic: Anxiety, Stress and Triangling: Pressurized Human Relationships

The observation of emotional process in families by Murray Bowen led to his discovery of the triangle as the basic building block of any emotional system. (Bowen, 1978, p. 170). This phrase is deceptively simple. It covers a number of basic ideas about the emotional system, basic processes that can be observed, and describes a dynamic structure underlying the behavior of the family system. The structure consists of a set of rules and operations that describe the functioning of human family relationships as they respond to anxiety, stress and pressures. The concept of the triangle describes how this process functions not only in the family, but in all relationship systems.

Triangles serve an adaptive function, relieving anxiety in any two-person relationship with the inclusion of a third. Triangling predictably increases when the level of stress or anxiety is elevated in relationship systems. Triangles capture the fluid nature of anxiety as it shifts among members of a family or other systems. The distribution of anxiety is not uniform in relationships as some individuals may be more vulnerable to absorbing more of it than others.

Knowledge of triangles and how we participate in them allows one to modify this emotional process and decrease the level of anxiety at play in important relationships. It is critical to improving the emotional functioning of self and others.

Dr. Papero will examine the impact current intense societal and environmental events have on the health and well-being of the individual, family and society. The current pressurized environment impacts all and he will describe both its impact and effective responses that knowledge of triangles provides.

This one-day conference will provide examples of various triangling maneuvers and extend those observations to emotionally-based relationship systems beyond the family. Papero will present a wide range of clinical examples with segments of taped interviews and conclude with the discussion of the importance of the triangling process to the clinical effort in family psychotherapy.

Course Content and Learning Objectives:

  • Review of Bowen Theory’s theoretical formulation of the triangle.
  • Discuss the adapative function of the triangle.
  • Describe how the triangling process functions to regulate stress and anxiety in all relationship systems.
  • Review the current neuroscience research on theories of emotion and cognition and its relevance to family emotional process and to Bowen’s concept of differentiation of self.
  • Discuss how to modify relationship process and decrease the level of anxiety in important relationships.
  • Discuss the importance of the triangling process to the clinical effort in family psychotherapy.
  • Demonstrate the clinician’s efforts to address the triangle concept in a family system and beyond.

6.0 CE Credits (#SOU042) – This conference is approved by California Psychological Association – Office of Professional Development (CPA-OPD) to sponsor professional continuing education for CA PSY/LCSW/LMFT. Southern CA Education & Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Daniel Papero, Ph.D. lectures both nationally and internationally on Bowen theory and is a senior faculty member of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. He is co-editor of the recently published article, The Family Emotional System: An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science and Practice. Dr. Papero has been a yearly guest lecturer at Southern CA Education and Training in Bowen Family Systems and Theory conferences since March 2000.

Registration Cost

  • $175.00 (Licensed and Others)
  • $125.00 (Unlicensed – Students, Trainees and Registered Interns)

Online registration now open!

Upon completion of registration and prior to the conference, you will receive by email a Zoom Meeting Link to join the conference. More detailed information will be sent to access the conference upon online registration and payment.

Registration fully refundable, less credit card fees by February 19, 2021.

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San Diego Bowen Theory Conference

Online Live Streaming Bowen Theory Conference featuring Daniel Papero, Ph.D. Registration Form. Friday, March 19, 2021. Click here to register.