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Countering the COVID-19 Aftershock: A Family Systems Reset Webinars

The initial shock of a sudden change requires an equal surge of quickness. Responding quickly keeps negative impacts of the crisis from becoming overwhelming. Even as anxiety and contagions continue, we can flip the switch, by attending to our thinking and awakening our capacity for creative problem solving. Concepts and ideas of relationship systems theory will lead the way. Tap your best thinking and possibilities through an exploration of biblical illustrations, conversation and online resources. Each session is designed for those new to systems thinking and continuing learners alike.


Naomi Garcia
Naomi Garcia- Associate Director of Congregational Vibrancy
Lisa Batten
Lisa Batten- Coordinator of Young Adult Initiatives
Tim Tuthill- Currently serving the church at GR FUMC.  Tim is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology, SMU (MDiv), Michigan State University (MSW), and has been part of the Post Graduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (2000-2004).

Part 1: Resources April 16 Webinar

‘The Triune Brain’, Therapy in a Nutshell. 7:37 minutes.

"3 Brains Systems that Control Your Behavior"

Bob Newhart ‘Stop It’, 1st 7 minutes.  Top Gun Business Academy, Wayne Berry.


Part 2: Resources May 7 Webinar

"Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting" - Julio Vincent Gambuto

"10 Covid 19 Emotions You're Not the Only One Having" - Renee Fabian



Part 3: Resources May 21 Webinar

"Overcome Anxiety in 7 Minutes" - Mel Schwartz

"What is Anxiety and the Role of Self Differentiation?" - Murray Bowen | Bowen Center for the Study of the Family

"An Idyllic and Wonderful Relationship" - Murray Bowen | Bowen Center for the Study of the Family


Part 4:  Resources June 4 Webinar

The Art of Being a Self  - Caroline McHugh | TEDx MiltonKeynesWomen, 2013




Part 5:  Resources June 18 Webinar

'Three Steps to Differentiating One's Self' - Murray Bowen
4:04 min.
  Note: context is marriage counseling. Clip from: The Basic Series #4 – ‘Differentiation of Self or the "I" Position.’

Friedman’s Theory of Differentiated Leadership Made Simple.  6:44 min. Source A FAILURE OF NERVE by Edwin Friedman.

Resources October 1 Webinar

The Enneagram Workshop: 

“What the Enneagram Can Teach Us About the Beloved Community:

Family Systems and the Enneagram  51:45 min:

Resources October 15 Webinar

Enneagram: Subtypes of Type 1 - Tom Lahue 43:16 min

Instinctual Sub-types:

EnneaStories – Leanette Pokuwaah: 


Resources October 22 Webinar

The Enneagram Is Not Just For White People”: 





Resources October 29 Webinar

Poetry Unbound - Ali Cobby Eckermann  
A Poem for Keeping Memory Alive: 

Blog: Shame v. Guilt - January 14, 2013 | 6 min read By Brené Brown   






Understanding Organization Design

These 5 videos will help you understand the fundamentals of organizational and family system design