2020 Summer Conference

Deadline: July 23, 2020 at 3:00pm CDT

Friday, July 24, 2020
9:00am CDT to 12:30pm CDT

Ties that Bind: Unresolved Emotional Attachment

What is it that gives family, social, work and societal systems such influence over the behavior of their human members? Bowen theory suggests it is the emotional attachments of the members to each other, such that emotion flows through systems, infecting all the participants. It is their interdependence on each other that makes people so vulnerable to intense reactions to the behavior of others. It is the degree to which their moment to moment feeling of well-being is dependent on their relationships with their important others.

Bowen theory also suggests that it is possible to loosen these ties that bind through an intentional process of separating oneself from one’s unresolved emotional attachments. It is possible to build a more robust self, less buffeted by the prevailing winds of one’s important emotional systems. It is not a process for the weak, but is very rewarding for those who undertake it and gain some success.

This day will discuss the theory of how attachments remain unresolved and how one might alter that state. It will also include a video with examples of a person working on the process of attempting to resolve some of their important emotional attachments.

Program Schedule


Ties that Bind: Unresolved Emotional Attachment


Clinical Video Illustration of an Individual Working at Resolving Some of Their Important Unresolved Emotional Attachments


Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS

Conference Presenter

Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS is a clinical nurse specialist, and has had a private practice of psychotherapy since 1975. She was on the faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family from 1978 to 2012. She is a founding Board member of the Bowen Theory Academy, since 2011, where she coordinates the Family History Database Project, which collects multiple multi-generational family histories to study basic concepts in Bowen theory and the Research Seminar.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

CEUs: 3.5 hours approved for social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and professional counselor education credits.

Attendees will receive an evaluation form and short quiz after the program to be completed and returned to CFC. A CEU certificate will be sent via email after evaluation and quiz are returned.



Deadline: July 23, 2020 at 3:00pm CDT
Registration Fees

$75 per person
Students with ID: $50 per person

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