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Delayed Webcast Lectures: Lecture 4: The Family Emotional System and the African American Family

This is a lecture series on Bowen theory conducted by the faculty members of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Course Objectives
  • To get in touch with the latest thinking of the Bowen theory, and the sharing of experienced Bowen theorists.
  • To enhance understanding and applications of the Bowen theory.
Course Details
Course Code WCF 04/18-19
Date & Time:              Feb. 16, 2019 (Sat)
4:00pm – 6:30pm
Venue:  International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
6/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Targets:  Helping professionals, and anyone interested in Bowen theory.   
Language: Lecture: English (no subtitles)
Debriefing and discussion: English / Cantonese

$1,350 Annual Pass (10 tickets)
$1,200 Annual Pass (ISSFI Circle of Friends)
$600 Full time Students
$200 Individual Session 

(Can be used as 10 tickets, e.g. 3 persons can use 3 tickets at one lecture) 

Annual Pass

The series consists of 10 lectures, each conducted by a different speaker. Click here to view the Schedule for 2018-19 (Brief) / Scheudle for 2018-19 (Detialed).

Online application allows enrollment in individual lecture only. If you wish to purchase annual pass for all lectures, please click here and complete the form. 


Lecture 4: Feb. 16, 2019 (Sat) 4:00pm - 6:30 pm

 This study aplies Bowen family systems theory to investigate the factors influencing the functioning of slave owners, salves and their descendants from a systems perspective. The findings in this investigation reveal the extent to which there is a direct correlation between the quality of a person's family relationships and how that person functions. In effect, it is an attempt to answer a basic question asked by Murray Bowen in the late 1970's: "How does a slave develop a self in an oppressive, dehumanizing system forcing him in a no-self position>" Bowen was convinced the answer would best be found by shifting the focus from the atrocities of slavery to the ability of slaves to survive and thrive. 


Dr. Mignonette Keller has been affiliated with the Family Center since 1971 and was appointed to the faculty in 2001. She completed three years in the Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Family Psychotherapy at the Goergetown University Family Center from 1976 to 1979. At the Family Center, she cooridnates the Bowen Clinical Conference Series, teaches in the Postgradaute Program, and organizes and presents at conferences and serves on serveral faculty committees. Her research aims to develop a systems model for family research which expands the theoretical approaces to include famiy oriented theories in the study of the family. In particular, she is interesetd in developing the family diagram as a relaibale assessment instrument for empiricial research. Recently, she expanded her research to include the investigateion of mechanisms influencing the development and course of Alzhemier's disease from a systems perspective. In 2014, Dr. Keller received the Caskie Reaserch Award for her research on Alzheimer's Disease and Family Emotional Process. 

She holds a doctorate in sociology from Howard University with specilizations in gerontology, social psychology and family. She was on the fauculty in the School of Social Work at Howard Unviersity until 2001. Dr. Keller is the founder and fomer director of Family Transitions, Inc. , an assisted living facility for the frail elderly based on a family-centered, preventive health care model.