THINK TANK


Description of Think Tank:

The Bowen Theory Academy Think Tank began in October 2013 under the leadership of the Bowen Theory Academy Board. Its purpose is to bring together people knowledgeable about Bowen theory and interested in advancing the ideas to stimulate each other’s thinking by making brief presentations and discussing them. It meets once a month for an hour and a half using webcasting technology. There is often considerable exchange between individuals outside of the structured sessions. The group agreed to list all of the titles of their presentations with the understanding that by also providing their e-mail addresses that anyone who visits this website could contact a particular presenter with questions or comments.

The Think Tank is by invitation only at present, which is due in part to the limitations of the technology. This means that it has not been possible to include many fine Bowen theory thinkers. There are presently thirteen members of the Think Tank. The views expressed by each presenter do not necessarily represent those of the Academy, nor are they assumed to always be consistent with Bowen theory as it is currently structured. The effort is to push the edge, not to rubber stamp what is already known.

Think Tank Presentations:


SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

 

Chris East, Psy.D

“Bowen and Bowlby, Is There a Common Thread”

chris.east@replacements.com

 

Michael Kerr, M.D.

“Is a Systems Theory of the Individual Possible?”

mekerr@thebowentheoryacademy.org

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“Think Tank Presentations”

joanjurkowski@gmail.com

 


JUNE 9, 2017

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“A Bowen Theorist in Public Administration”
click here to download Presentation

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Chris East, PsyD

“A Theoretical Look at Solid Self in Corporate vs. Non-Profit Sectors”

chris.east@replacements.com

 

Jim Edd Jones, PhD

“A Little More Systems Rationality: Bayesian Reasoning”
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jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Michael Kerr, M.D.

“Brief Book Review: How to Tame a Fox, Lee Alan Dugatkin & Lyudmilla Trut”
click here to download Presentation

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


MAY 12, 2017

 

Laura Brooks

“Notes on Articles on Differential Parenting”

lbrookslcswc@comcast.net

 

Chris East

“Bowen Theory and the Challenge of Mothering”

chris.east@replacements.com

 

Randy Frost

“What Constitutes Evidence of Convincing Change in a Family System”

randy.frost@shaw.ca

 

Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D.

“Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari”

sctbt@cox.net

 


APRIL 14, 2017

 

Michael Kerr, M.D.

“Brief Report on The Knowledge Illusion, by Steven Sloman & Philip Fernbach”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Emotion Generation, Emotion Regulation and their Application to BFST”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 

Jim Edd Jones, PhD

“Social realities and brute physical reality”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 


MARCH 9, 2017

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“Emotional Cutoff”

joanjurkowski@gmail.com

 


JANUARY 13, 2017

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Bullet Points from Lisa Feldman Barrett’s, PhD Research”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 


DECEMBER 9, 2016

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“Systems Thinking and Symptoms”

joanjurkowski@gmail.com

 

Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D.

“Anthropocene II: The Human as Design Space”

sctbt@cox.net

 


OCTOBER 14, 2016

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Distinction between Intelligence and Rationality”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“Societal Emotional Process: The Gap in Scientific Development”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Randy Frost, M.Div., RCC

“What Innate Factors May Influence the Potential for Differentiation of Self?”

randy.frost@shaw.ca

 


SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

 

 Jay Combs, MSW

“Positive Functional Shifts”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 


MAY 13, 2016

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“A Bowen Theory View of Societal Change”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 


APRIL 8, 2016

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Theoretical Perspectives of Emotion and the Brain”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“What do the Terms Over-Functioning and Under-Functioning Mean?”

joanjurkowski@gmail.com

 


MARCH 11, 2016

 

Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D.

“Antropocene I: The Age of Man and Societal Regression”

sctbt@cox.net

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“Bowen Theory and Change”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 


FEBRUARY 12, 2016

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“What Does Bowen Say About Working With A Married Couple?”

joanjurkowski@gmail.com


DECEMBER 2015

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“The Challenge of Bringing Science to Human Behavior”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 


NOVEMBER 6, 2015

 

Robert J. Noone, Ph.D.

Cooperative Breeding and Family Co-evolution”

bobnoone@comcast.net

 

Jim Edd Jones, Ph.D.

“My Professional Self and its Precursors”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Evolution of Individuality and Togetherness”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Dr. Christopher East

“A teaching Model for Bowen Theory”

chris.east@replacements.com

 


OCTOBER 9, 2015

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“The Development of Bowen Theory: A Brief Survey of the NIMH Years”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Dr. Christopher East

“Commentary: Seeing My Way to ‘NO’”

chris.east@replacements.com

 

Randy Frost, M.Div., RCC

“How Do We Know that People Marry at the Same Basic Level of Differentiation?”

randy.frost@shaw.ca

 

Kathleen Kerr, MS, MSN

“Measuring Life Functioning: A Proxy for Level of Differentiation of Self”

kbkerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Lessons Learned from the Stress Response”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Research that Supports or Challenges Bowen Theory?”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Jim Edd Jones, Ph.D.

“Transmission of Anxiety in Golden Shiners”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“Cooperation, Social Sensitivity and Problems in a Marriage”

jjurkowski@thebowencenter.org

 


JUNE 12, 2015

 

Dr. Christopher East

“Esther Perel, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, and Bowen Theory”

chris.east@replacements.com

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“Societal Emotional Process”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Evolution of Complexity, Individuality, and Togetherness”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Kathleen Kerr, MS, MSN

“Regression, Symptom, and Recovery: A Follow-up?”

kbkerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


May 8, 2015

 

Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D.

“Development of Differentiation of Self: An Inherent Process”

SCTBT@cox.net


Lona Hardy, MSW

“Murray Bowen’s Comparison of Family and Societal Processes in Dealing with Adolescents”

hardylona@yahoo.com

 

Randy Frost, M.Div., RCC

“Individuality, Togetherness, and Differentiation of Self”

randy.frost@shaw.ca

 


APRIL 3, 2015

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“What Do the Terms Over and Underfunctioning Mean?”

joanjurkowski@comcast.net

 

Kathleen Kerr, MS, MSN

“Is there Evidence for the Societal Regression Concept in Bowen Theory?”

kbkerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Jim Edd Jones, Ph.D.

“No Behavior is Isolated”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Affiliation Trumps Empathy; Togetherness Trumps Differentiation”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


MARCH 6, 2015

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Life Forces Revisited”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“Societal Emotional Process: International Relations and Triangles”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Jim Edd Jones, Ph.D.

“Family Emotional Process. Beliefs, and Learned Non-use”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Laura Brooks, LCSW-C

“Observational Blindness and Bowen Theory”

lbrookslcswc@comcast.net

 


FEBRUARY 6, 2015

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Regression and Remission”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 

Randy Frost, M.Div., RCC

“Estimating Levels of Differentiation”

randy.frost@shaw.ca

 

Kathleen Kerr, MS, MSN

“Regression, Symptoms, and Recovery”

kbkerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


JANUARY 9, 2015

 

Cynthia Larkby, Ph.D.

“Aging, Caregiving, and Family Emotional Process”

clarkby@icloud.com

 

Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D.

“Tagging Long-term Action Steps to Define a Self: ‘Progress’ in an Individual and Multigenerational Family”

SCTBT@cox.net

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Towards a Systems Theory of Cancer”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


DECEMBER 12, 2014

 

Dr. Christopher East

“Would a Higher Level of Differentiation Promote Peace”

chris.east@replacements.com

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“The Thinking Murray Bowen Brought to NIMH”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Jim Edd Jones, Ph.D.

“Differentiation and Learning”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Triggers: The Use of the Word in Bowen Family Systems Theory”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 


OCTOBER 31, 2014

 

Randy Frost, M.Div., RCC

“Are Individuality and Differentiation of Self Synonymous?”

randy.frost@shaw.ca

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Regression and Remission”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Towards an Emotional Regression Theory of Cancer”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


OCTOBER 3, 2014

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“Societal Projection Process”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Dr. Christopher East

“Moving Toward a Scientific Basis for Objective Moral Values”

chris.east@replacements.com

 

Laura Brooks, LCSW-C

“Differential Parenting and Bowen Family Systems Theory”

lbrookslcswc@comcast.net

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Trends in Understanding Cancer Consistent with the Emotional Regression Hypothesis”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


SEPTEMBER 5, 2014:

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Reciprocity in a Triangle or Not: Pseudotriangles”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 

Jim Edd Jones, Ph.D.

“Brain Plasticity”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“Triangles, Anxiety, Being a Self”

joanjurkowski@comcast.net

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Bowen Theory’s Contribution to a Scientific Basis for Objective Moral Values and Duties”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


JUNE 13, 2014

 

Cynthia Larkby, Ph.D.

“Family Projection Process”

clarkby@icloud.com

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“Does Divorce Make People Happy?”

joanjurkowski@comcast.net

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Autism Revisited”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Dr. Christopher East

“Triangling and De-triangling in an Organization”

chris.east@replacements.com

 


MAY 9, 2014:

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“Some Thoughts about Promoting Functional Self on a Societal Level”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Kathleen Kerr, MS, MSN

“Societal Trends in Managing Psychiatric Evaluations in the Emergency Department”

kbkerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Randy Frost, M.Div., RCC

“The Predictability of the Family Emotional System”

randy.frost@shaw.ca

 

Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D.

“Survey of Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology: Family Therapy and the Politics of Evidence-Based Practice”

SCTBT@cox.net

 


APRIL 18, 2014:

 

Jim Edd Jones

“Learning Complex Skills”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Laura Brooks, LCSW-C

“Plant Intelligence (PI) and Bowen Theory”

lbrookslcswc@comcast.net

 

Lona Hardy, MSW

“Unresolved Attachment Over the Life Span’

hardylona@yahoo.com

 

Dr. Christopher East

“The Parallel Emotional Process of Theology and Psychology in Study and Practice”

chris.east@replacements.com

 


MARCH 14, 2014

 

Dr. Christopher East

“Thomas Berry, the Universe Story and Bowen Theory”

chris.east@replacements.com

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“A Way of Explaining Multigenerational Emotional Process”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“Differentiation of Self and Multigenerational Transmission: Two Concepts that Clearly Anchor Bowen Theory in Evolutionary Process”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 


FEBRUARY 14, 2014:

 

Randy Frost, M.Div., RCC

“Thinking Through Hypotheses Derived from Bowen Theory for Epigenetic Investigation”

randy.frost@shaw.ca

 

Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“The Seen and Unseen through Functional Facts”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org

 

Deloras Pemberton, Ph.D.

“Systems Theories”

bpemberton@kc.rr.com

 


JANUARY 10, 2014:

 

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“Are Three People Always a Triangle?”

joanjurkowski@comcast.net

 

Jay Combs

“Moral Systems and Bowen Theory”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com

 

Jim Edd Jones

“Distance/closeness in collective flocking and schooling”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Toward a Systems Theory of Cancer – Part II”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


DECEMBER 20, 2013:

 

Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D.

“The Question of Theory Erosion”

SCTBT@cox.net

 

Laura Brooks, LCSW-C

“Intensity of Family Emotional Process”

lbrookslcswc@comcast.net

 

Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS

“Does Bowen Theory Make a Difference in Psychiatric Dispositions in an Emergency Department?”

kbkerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

 


NOVEMBER 8, 2013:

 

Jay Combs, MSW

“Some Thoughts Relating Bowen Theory Acceptance on a Societal Level”

josephjcombs@yahoo.com


Cynthia Larkby, Ph.D.

Brief Review of: SW Cole, Social Regulation of Human Gene Expression, Am J Public Health 2013; 103:S84-S92.

larkby@pitt.edu

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“A Motive for the Sandy Hook Shootings”

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org

Jim Edd Jones, Ph.D.

“Modeling System Emotional Functioning”

jejonesphd@comcast.net

 


OCTOBER 11, 2013:

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

“What is the Difference between Detriangling and Staying Out of a Triangle?

joanjurkowski@comcast.net


Michael E. Kerr, M.D.

“Toward a Systems Theory of Cancer” Part I

mekerr@bowentheoryacademy.org


Margaret Otto, LSCSW

“Fiction as a Regulator of the Mental Health Field”

motto@kcfamilysystems.org


Randy Frost, M.Div, RCC

“The Possible Use of Anxiety-Binding Mechanisms in the Nuclear Family to Better Estimate Level of Differentiation”

randy.frost@shaw.ca