2021 Annual Fall Conference

Friday, October 22, 2021

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Deadline: October 21st at 11:30pm CT

Stuck!! Functionally   helpless! The Challenge of Change and Progress

Online Event featuring DANIEL V. PAPERO, PH.D.

Darwin referred to the “struggle for existence” that faces all living creatures—a lifetime of challenge. The pressure to adapt to changing conditions waxes and wanes across a lifetime, but it never disappears. When that pressure intensifies, people respond with varying degrees of competency. Individuals and family systems often appear stuck, unable to shift their perception of their lives, their situations, and unable to function more effectively and efficiently.

Murray Bowen used the term “functionally helpless” to describe the stuck family. The functioning of the family system repeats the same maneuvers over and over, making little or no progress on addressing the challenges faced. His answer to the dilemma lies in the concept of differentiation, an individual’s effort to shift functioning to greater effectiveness and efficiency while maintaining viable emotional contact with important others in the family system.

In this talk, Dr. Papero will describe the idea of functional helplessness and some of the factors that contribute to it. The clinical effort with the family aims at addressing the dilemma of functional helplessness by facilitating the effort of one or more family members to “function up”, to improve the functional level of differentiation of self.

Daniel Papero, Ph.D. 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 clinical and consultation practices 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

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

9:00am-4:00pm Central Time




Registration Fees

Individual: $150
Organization (3+ registrants): $125 per person
Full-time Student: $90 with valid ID
Fees include CEUs

Registration deadline is October 21st at 11:30pm CT.

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CEUs: 6 credit hours

Approved for social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselor continuing education credits

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