The Essentials of Family TherapyBy: Alisha DickersonProfessor Cush - Ouseley
IntroductionAlso highlight how the multigenerational process works through members of the family. Lastly, informing the readers on how effective genograms are when studying family history.The intent of this presentation is to give the audience an overview of the Bowen Theory and the eight concepts he used to build on the human family and individual.
Bowens TheoryThe theory is based on the family as the emotional unit, not the individual, though the individual is most important to the theory.It is based on observations rather than on what people think, feel, or say about themselves and others.According to Bowen, human relationships are driven by two counterbalancing life forces: Individuality and Togetherness.
Eight ConceptsFamily Projection ProcessMultigenerational Transmission ProcessSibling PositionSocietal Emotional ProcessNuclear Family Emotional SystemThe Differentiation of Self ScaleTrianglesCutoff
Nuclear Family Emotional SystemIn “thinking systems” the focus is on the whole relationship system, how emotions circulate through it and the different processes or patterns that arise automatically in the process.The emotional unitChanges the way one thinks about everything relational, and perhaps the way one thinks about everything period.Leads to a new way of thinking – System Thinking
The Differentiation of Self ScaleThis scales is an effort to classify all levels of human functioning, from the lowest possible level on a single dimension.