Thinking Systems Day by Day

A Bowen Family Systems Theory Seminar

& Clinical Training

This unique, concentrated course of learning and study of Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) offering presentations and case study coaching is open to members of the helping professions and to others who have a working knowledge of BFST. There will be one two-hour session per month from October 2014 through June 2015. This seminar offers participants an alternative to the widely recommended but more expensive option of individual coaching sessions. It is offered by Systems Coaching LLC, W. Thomas Soeldner, coach/consultant.

After a review of the foundations of BFST and the nature of emotional systems in the first session, each session will consist of a theory presentation of one BSFT’s eight concepts followed by a clinical study of work or family case presentations offered by seminar participants. The objectives are to assist individuals in the study and learning of BFST and to encourage the practice of applying systems thinking to the individual’s personal and professional lives. The learning and application of theory usually come with increased self-awareness and more mature, thoughtful functioning that seeks the long term best interest of self as well as of the family and/or organization.

The first session will be on Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:30 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave, Spokane, WA. Following sessions are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m., although changes to the schedule are possible with the agreement of other participants. Cost for the 9 sessions is $250. The seminar will be limited to eight full participants. Those who only wish to attend some of the sessions may do so at a cost of $60 per session. Contact W. T. Soeldner for interest in the course or for questions either by email waltsoe@allmail.net or by phone (509)270-6995.

Bowen Family Systems Theory describes how families function, and how individuals function in other contexts as a result of their unique family relationships. The family is an emotional unit with patterned ways of interaction involving various degrees of intensity. These repetitive ways of relating throughout an individual’s developmental years result in automatic ways of functioning in later life, especially when one is under pressure.

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