2023 Midwest Symposium

40th Annual Midwest Symposium: Family Systems Theory and Therapy

Its Influence on Behavior, Relationships, and Symptom Development                                                        

Register NowFriday, May 12th, 2023


Dr. Murray Bowen developed a comprehensive new theory of the family. Based on his view of the human as part of nature and the family as a natural system, Dr. Bowen described the emotional process and the automatic patterns of behavior among family members. He is best known for his concept of differentiation of self and the scale of differentiation that described the broad range of variation in human emotional functioning.

Keynote Speakers:

Daniel V. Papero, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Papero

Dr. Papero is on the faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, DC. He is the author of Bowen Family Systems Theory and co-editor of the book The Family Emotional System. He has been a frequent presenter both nationally and internationally on Bowen theory and family psychotherapy. Among his many interests is the development of a systems model for family assessment (Family Systems, 2018). 

Among his recent publications are:

“Murray Bowen’s contribution to the study of complex human systems.” (2021)

“Developing a systems model for Family assessment.” (2018)

“Trauma and the family: A systems-oriented approach. (2018)

Judith M. Burkart, Ph.D.

Dr. Burkart leads the Evolutionary Cognition Group in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Zurich which aims to better understand the evolutionary origin of the human mind and behavior. At the intersection of Biology and Psychology, they ask: How do nonhuman and human primates differ with regard to social, motivational and cognitive processes? And how can we explain such differences from an evolutionary perspective? They are particularly interested in the marmoset monkeys that they study in the wild and in captivity because like in humans, the entire group helps raising their offspring. They thus help us to test the cooperative breeding model of human evolution.

Program Schedule


9:00am Welcome and Introduction: Robert J. Noone, Ph.D.

9:15am The Family Emotional System: The Seedbed of Symptoms and the Garden of Recovery,      Part 1: Daniel V. Papero, Ph.D.

10:15am Break

10:30am The Cooperative Breeding Model of Human Evolution, Part 1: Judith M. Burkart, Ph.D.

11:30am Panel and discussion with Drs. Burkart, Papero, and Noone

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Cooperative Breeding and the Evolution of Our Big Brains, Part 2: Judith M. Burkart, Ph.D.

2:00pm The Family Emotional System: The Seedbed of Symptoms and the Garden of Recovery, Part 2: Daniel V. Papero, Ph.D.

3:00pm Break

3:15pm Panel and discussion

4:00pm Adjournment

Date, Time & Location

May 12th, 2023

9:00am-4:00pm Central Time




6 CEUs will be awarded for full day attendance to Social Workers, Professional Counselors/Clinical Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Psychologists


General Admission: $180 

Students: $125




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