Family Systems Co-learner Peer Group
To be human is to be in relationships. This interactive family systems group will help you explore big picture thinking by viewing our relationships through a “systems thinking” lens. In our relationships we can experience the very best of ourselves and the very worst. Understanding systems helps us manage ourselves and others in stressful situations, takes people beyond blame, and increases our own functioning in relationships. Each month we will look closely at one of Murray Bowen’s concepts of family systems, with rotating facilitators and explore family patterns by debriefing case studies with a goal of managing ourselves in a non-anxious way, benefitting our personal and professional lives.
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Patty Dennis Bio, Lay Leader
I have always been drawn to the helping professions and a curiosity to understand why we behave the way that we do. I began my professional life as a teacher and concluded my educational career as licensed professional counselor. While heavily involved in my church, I was approached about becoming trained as a mediator. Fortunately, I said yes! I have since participated in Lombard Mennonite Peace Center’s Clergy Clinic (now called Leadership Development Through Family Systems),
Tim Wright Bio, Michigan Conference Elder Retired
I participated in the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) Clergy Clinic nearly20 years ago, which set me on a journey into Family System. It has continued to empower me to become more fully, the me who God is creating me to be. I have continued to participate and/or help facilitate Family Systems peer groups regularly since then.
Rev. Susan Youmans, Pastor, Grace UMC
- Retired Ordained Elder, The Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church (2023), serving Grace UMC, Sullivan, Missouri (2023).
- Trained and certified as a Basic Coach (October, 2018); continued training for certification through the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church and Coaching4Clergy/International Coach Federation (2021)
Naomi García, Associate Director for Congregational Vibrancy
- Accompanying Michigan United Methodist’s since 1989.
- Professional Education: Master of Arts, Christian Education; certifications as a Professional Coach (International Coaching Federation), Team Coach (Team Coaching International), Coaching Supervisor (European Mentor and Coaching Council); mediator authorized by both the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, mediator trainer authorized by Healthy Congregations, Inc.
You will come to understand the 8 concepts of family systems theory, how they interplay and how to apply each in real time personally, professionally and culturally.
- Differentiation of Self
- Nuclear Family Emotional Process
- Family Projection
- Multi-Generational Process
- Sibling Position
- Emotional Cut-Off
- Societal Emotional Process - Regression
This class is for the curious. The individuals and groups beginning or continuing their commitment to become their best selves through applications of family systems theory.
Beginning September 28, 2023 through May 30, 2024 on the last Thursday of each month from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm EST. *No meetings in December.
There is no registration cost and no purchase of study materials is required.
Optional purchases from retailer of learner's choice include:
- FRIEDMAN'S FABLES, Edwin H. Friedman, Guilford Press (NY, 1990).
- GROWING YOURSELF UP: HOW TO BRING YOUR BEST TO ALL OF LIFE'S RELATIONSHIPS, Jenny Brown, Exisle Publishing (Australia, 2017).
- EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP: THINKING SYSTEMS, MAKING A DIFFERENCE, Roberta M. Gilbert, Leading Systems Press (Virginia, 2006).
- FAMILY GENOGRAM WORKBOOK, Israel Galindo, Elaine Boomer, Don Reagan (September 2006)
A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.
Family Systems Peer Group
Last Updated on September 13, 2023