Accelerating differentiation of self:  EMDR and Bowen theory


How does one create a Self that is both steady and solid enough to stay on course in the face of pressure to conform, yet capable of maintaining intimate connection with others over time? Bowen theory offers us a window into how this fundamental struggle plays out in each human life. Participants will develop a working knowledge of Bowenian concepts and how to use EMDR to help individuals clear away obstacles to healthy connection to Self and Other. This integrative approach then facilitates the re-working and repairing of significant relationships. The format will be lecture, case presentation, experiential exercise, and discussion.






Nancy J. Knudsen

Original Work Citation

Knudsen, N. J. (2004, September). Accelerating differentiation of self: EMDR and Bowen theory. Presentation at the 9th EMDR International Association Conference, Montreal, QC



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