WHEN: May 20, 2016
Psycho-social Development and Family Systems Theory
“We Are A Reflection Of Our Family”
Psycho-social Development and Family Systems Theory provides a framework for understanding human behavior in the context of the social environment and family systems. Participants will explore how psychological and social content shape the human experience. Erik Erikson’s Psycho-social Stages of Development Theory will be reviewed as a framework for practitioners to understand the role of early relationships, culture, age, in personality development across the life-span. From an Eriksonian perspective, emphasis will be placed on how core childhood stages influence the foundation of adult personality. Murray Bowen’s (Bowenian) Family Systems Theory will be offered as a model for understanding the family emotional system. Participants will
learn how to apply these theories in the context of providing clinical treatment and concrete social services to children and families.
• Define Family Systems Theory according to Murray Bowen.
• Identify the (3) concepts that make up the ‘Family Projection Process’ according to Bowen.
• Identify the (4) stages of the’ Nuclear Family Emotional System’ according to Bowen.
• Define the ‘Societal Emotional Process’ according to Bowen.
• Identify (8) stages of psycho-social development according to Erik Erikson.
• Compare and contrast theoretical approaches (i.e. Murray Bowen and Erik Erikson) to understanding the psychodynamics of family and interpersonal relationships across the life span.
• Apply concepts of Family Systems Theory in the context of alleviating family tension and conflict in professional practice.
• Apply concepts of Psycho-social Development Theory in the context of providing clinical interventions and social services to children and families in professional practice.