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Bowen Theory's Secrets: Revealing the Hidden Life of Families Hardcover – Feb 5 2019

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  • Hardcover: 446 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (Feb. 5 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393708128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393708127
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 848 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is nothing less than a 21st-century masterpiece of Bowen theory and therapy. Only Michael Kerr could have written this update and expansion of the classic Bowen model. A striking bonus is Kerr's insightful and courageous sharing of his own family of origin journey. Bowen would be proud. — William J. Doherty, PhD, Professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, co-author of Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce

In his new text, Bowen Theory’s Secrets, Michael Kerr does a masterful job of presenting his latest understanding and refinement of Bowen theory. Dr. Kerr applies its principles to clinical narratives, personal systems work and current psychological and sociological situations. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the work of Kerr and Bowen must have this book for study and enlightenment. It will inspire the on-going systems creativity of the next generation. — Philip J. Geurin, MD, Founding Director of the Center for Family Learning, Rye Brook, NY

When clinicians in the psychiatric ward such as Murray Bowen and Michael Kerr worry about the theoretical underpinnings of their craft, consider it legitimate to contemplate animal societies and trees in the forest, and are capable of reaching out to toolkits such as systems theory, there is hope yet for the emotionally troubled Homo sapiens. — Raghavendra Gadagkar, author Survival Strategies, Founder and President of the Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists

How does one move from thinking that locates problems in the individual to a view of the family as an emotional system that governs the development of strengths and symptoms in its members? Dr. Kerr present clear, compelling evidence that supports the systems theory of family functioning developed by Murray Bowen. Invaluable to students of Bowen theory and accessible to people who have never heard of the theory, this book deserves a wide reading. — Randall Frost, Director of Training and Research, Living Systems, Vancouver, Canada

About the Author

Michael E. Kerr, MD, succeeded Murray Bowen as director of the Georgetown Family Center. He is coauthor with Bowen of Family Evaluation (Norton) and lives in Islesboro, Maine.

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