2019 Annual Fall Conference

October 25, 2019

Bowen Theory’s Concept of Cut-off and its Importance to Family Psychotherapy
featuring DANIEL V. PAPERO, PH.D.

One of the later concepts added to the Bowen theory, the concept of cut-off addresses emotional distance that develops between generations in a family system. More colloquially the term has been employed to describe the distance that develops between any family members, not just cross-generationally. The loss of good emotional contact can occur in many ways. It can be marked by intense anger to gradual slow drifting loss of contact.

The day will review the concept of cut-off, it’s appearance and function for the family unit and the benefits and costs that follow from it. It will also review the clinician’s efforts to address cut-off in a family system. While each clinician may approach it slightly differently, some basic fundamentals appear universal and will be discussed.

Dr. Papero lectures both nationally and internationally on Bowen theory and is on the faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the book Bowen Family Systems Theory and co-editor of the recently published book, The Family Emotional System: An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science, and Practice (2015). His publications also include numerous book chapters and journal articles. He maintains a clinical and consultation practice in Washington.

Since 1991 Dr. Daniel Papero has been the guest lecturer at the Center for Family Consultation’s annual Fall Conference. Each year Dr. Papero lectures on a topic central to Bowen theory and its clinical application. In addition to his lectures, he presents videotaped clinical sessions which illustrate important challenges individuals and their families seek to resolve. The sessions illustrate both the clinical application of the theory as well as the effort of individuals to define self in the broader context of the family.

Date, Time & Location

October 25, 2019

8:30 am: Registration
9:00 am – 12 pm: Conference
12 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Conference


First Presbyterian Church
1427 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(Southeast corner of Chicago Ave & Lake Ave)

Note: The conference is not affiliated with First Presbyterian Church of Evanston

First Presbyterian Church has limited first come-first served parking in their adjacent lot. All day parking is available at the Self-Park facility at Church St. and Chicago Ave. (3 blocks north of the conference location)

Upon arrival, use entrance under the archway between the Church and main building.


Registration Fees

Individual: $175
Organization (3+ registrants): $160 per person
Full-time Student: $100 with valid ID


6 CEUs will be awarded. Approved for social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and professional counselor education credits.

For More Information

Please email Robert Noone.