The Healthy Leadership Seminar Series is an opportunity for leaders across professions – pastors and religious leaders, school principals and superintendents, and business leaders – to enrich and expand their ability to apply principles of systems thinking to self, family, and organizations.
The Series is composed of eight one-day seminars that promote in-depth thinking about self, family, and organizational process through the lens of Bowen family systems theory. A Seminar day includes plenary presentations in the morning and application of systems theory through workplace application and small group coaching in the afternoon. Practical application of theory through working with a coach for an extended period of time is at the heart of systems thinking.
New for 2012-13: Distance LearningDistance learning is being offered for the first time. The distance learning component makes the Series accessible to anyone in the country via live-stream web cast and includes access to a family systems trained coach for the year.
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Cost$900 for eight one-day seminars. An initial $100 deposit is due at the time of registration to reserve a place in the program. Additional installments of $350 are due by the September seminar and $450 by the January seminar. The deadline for registration has now passed. Enrollment and attendance is expected for all one-day seminars. No reimbursement or credit for missed sessions. The initial deposit is refundable until two weeks prior to the first seminar.
LocationHeld under the auspices of Healthy Congregations, Inc. on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E Main St Columbus, OH 43209.
- $450 is due at the January seminar
|Broadening perspective through the lens of systems theory (Part 1)
Broadening perspective through the lens of systems theory (Part 2)
Lunch (onsite with video presentation available)
Family of origin group
The eight concepts of Bowen family systems theory will guide the process of learning. Responsibility for learning rests upon each individual.
- Presentation and discussion of theoretical concepts of Bowen theory
- Application of theory in one’s family
- Application of theory in the workplace
Additional Resource AvailableWe are pleased to recommend "An Adventure in Differentiation." The DVD includes presentations from Emlyn Ott, Peter Steinke, Ron Richardson, Larry Matthews, Larry Foster, and Mickie Crimone.
Required Reading (One from each category)
Introductory texts on Bowen theory
- Gilbert, Roberta M. “How Successful Parents Think: A Synopsis of Bowen Family Systems Theory for Parents.” Connecting with Our Children: Guiding Principles for Parents in a Troubled World. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999. 59-123. Print.
- Gilbert, Roberta M. The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory. Falls Church, VA: Leading Systems, 2006. Print.
- Kerr, Michael E. Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory. New York: Norton, 2003. Print.
Advanced texts on Bowen theory
- Bowen, Murray. Family Therapy in Clinical Practice. New York: J. Aronson, 1978. Print.
- Friedman, Edwin H. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. New York: Guilford, 2011. Print.
- Kerr, Michael E., and Murray Bowen. Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory. New York: Norton, 1988. Print.
- Papero, Daniel V. Bowen Family Systems Theory. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1990. Print.
Seminar Series Facilitators
Rev. Emlyn A. Ott, D.Min.Emlyn Ott is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served as a parish pastor, campus minister, pastoral counselor, leader, and seminary professor for over 25 years. She was named CEO and Director of Healthy Congregations, Inc. in 2005. She holds a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary, and is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She has participated for nine years in postgraduate work at the Center for Family Process and the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. Dr. Ott currently serves as Assistant Professor of Ministry and Pastoral Leadership and Dean of Leadership Formation at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
Rev. Robert I. Mathis, Ph.D.Bob Mathis has studied Bowen theory at the Western Pennsylvania Family Center and at the Bowen Center in the Postgraduate Program. He is a facilitator for the Healthy Congregations workshops and serves on the board of directors for Healthy Congregations, Inc. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO, and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Bowen theory from Union Institute and the University of Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Mathis is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has served churches in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He has a pastoral counseling practice in Dublin, OH, as well as providing family systems coaching for leaders in business and non-profit organizations.
Rev. J. Michael JupinMichael Jupin, an Episcopal priest for almost 45 years, has served in urban, suburban, and small town congregations. He first met Rabbi Dr. Edwin Friedman at a clergy/clergy spouse gathering in Syracuse, NY in 1988 and studied with “the Rabbi” from 1992 until Ed’s death in 1996. Following early retirement in 1998, Michael has been a Healthy Congregations facilitator and trainer, a Bridgebuilder consultant, and an interim priest. Now in his fourth interim at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charleston, WV, Michael says “I just cannot truly retire. I am challenged by, grow through, and enjoy congregational ministry. And I love to love and be loved.” Michael and his spouse Barbara, a fiber artist, live with their two dogs, Patches the Jack Russell and Barney the snoodle, in Lancaster, Ohio.
Special Presentation on May 17, 2013
Rev. Ronald W. Richardson, D.Min.
Ron Richardson is a pastoral counselor, former parish pastor, and author of many books on family systems theory, including Family Ties that Bind, Creating a Healthier Church, Becoming a Healthier Pastor, Becoming Your Best, Couples in Conflict, and most recently, Polarization and the Healthier Church: Applying Bowen Family Systems Theory to Conflict and Change in Society and Congregational Life.
He is retired from the position of Executive Director of a metropolitan-wide pastoral counseling agency in Vancouver, Canada, and is a member of the North Puget Sound Presbytery, a Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Clinical Member and (before retirement) a Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Richardson will give two presentations in the morning and will also offer a plenary session on family of origin process in the afternoon.
"Money and Your Ministry" Featuring Rev. Margaret MarcusonMargaret Marcuson was the keynote speaker for the last Leadership Series session on May 25, 2012. Marcuson’s keynote address in the morning focused on the topic “Money and Your Ministry.” Her presentation asked participants to reflect on the role money plays in their own lives, in their families of origin, and in their current ministry settings. She also encouraged them to think about healthier processes for managing anxiety in connection with money. The afternoon session was devoted to “Leadership and Knowing Your Own Story.” Marcuson invited participants to engage more deeply with the emotional processes in their families of origin, looking at such things as birth order, gender roles, and multigenerational transmission process.
The Marcuson event marked the final session of the 2011-12 Leadership Series and was jointly sponsored by Healthy Congregations, Inc., OhioHealth, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
The event was held in Capital University’s Ruff Memorial Learning Center and was attended in-person by area clergy, church, business and educational leaders, and Leadership Series participants, as well as being broadcast over the Internet via live-stream web cast to a virtual audience.
We are pleased to be able to offer a three-disc DVD set of Rev. Marcuson's lectures. The lectures include both of her keynote presentations on Money and Your Ministry and an afternoon session on Knowing Your Own Story.
|Rev. Marcuson is the author of several books, including: