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2nd International Conference on Bowen Family Systems Theory. Hong Kong, 2018. System Thinking in Daily Life: Bowen Theory in Families, Organizations and Communities.

  • You Can do Better – Understanding the Emotional Side of the Family Business.  (Hong Kong, May 17-18, 2018). Professionals who work with family businesses face the challenge of working not only with the business per se, but also with the family. Bowen Theory provides a lens to understand emotional factors that operate in families and which often obstruct advancement of the business in areas such as professionalization, succession, and change of ownership. What happens in the family affects the business and what happens in the business affects the family. Therefore lawyers, accountants, financial advisors and other professionals are better equipped when they develop a deeper appreciation of the emotional side of the family who owns the business. The theory provides practical recommendations for their professional engagement with the family business.

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  • Transfering Family Wealth and Non Material Legacy Across Generations. (Hong Kong, May 17-18, 2018). Most families have an idea about how they want to transcend through time. It implies the desire to transfer their wealth to the next generation and also their not material legacy including values, family ties, knowledge, traditions, and social relevance. This is not an easy task to accomplish as it is filled with obstacles, many of which are rooted in the family emotional process and remain invisible until they pose a challenge. Bowen Family Systems Theory describes the factors that increase the chances of a family successfully transmitting their wealth and legacy. For instance, the way family members relate to each other in the nuclear and extended family, the relevance of knowledge of the multigenerational history, and actions to increase the capacity to adapt to life challenges all have a decisive effect on the transfer of the material and non-material legacy.

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  • Bowen Theory Applied to Latin Families  (Hong Kong, May 17-18, 2018). Familism is a quality that characterizes the Latin culture. It refers to the importance given to extended family ties and the tendency to maintain proximity with the family group. Bowen theory points at the multigenerational family as an emotional unit which governs individual functioning. The idea that family members influence each other is not foreign to Latin culture. Bowen theory has the power to explain this influence. Another characteristic of Latin culture is collectivism, referring to the value given to supporting the wellbeing of the group. For some people being available to others result in the loss of self, yet, there is another a way to be for the group without paying such a deer price. The concept of Differentiation of Self and the understanding of the togetherness-individuality counterbalancing life forces illuminate this difference.

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The Family and Child Development: A Systems Approach to Theory and Practice. The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family

  • Practices in Early Childhood Education Directed Towards Developing Differentiation of Self  (Arlington, VA, April 13-14, 2018). Individual thinking has traditionally guided the design of early childhood education methods, and family has been considered a “support” to the efforts of schools or day-care facilities. How would early childhood education look if the family assumed the main responsibility for the child’s education? What would change if the family was recognized as the most important environment in which the child develops? This presentation will integrate knowledge about early childhood development, experience teaching toddlers and pre-school children, and Bowen Family Systems Theory. It will discuss the implications of placing Differentiation of Self at the heart of early childhood interventions and some ideas on how to translate this into concrete elements in programming and practices.

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