academic outreach

Conversations with the Bowen Center Faculty

Monday, June 17, 2013, Webcast
Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas 

“Triangles as a Mechanism to Manage Anxiety”

Priscilla Friesen, LICSW

The live “Conversations” webcast series feature a 45 minute presentation by faculty members of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C., followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.  The mission of the Center is to lead the development of Bowen family systems theory into a science of human behavior and to assist individuals, families, communities, and organizations in solving major life problems through understanding and improving human relationships.

This presentation will discuss how anxiety is managed in emotional relationship systems. Triangles will be described as the basic mechanism for managing the relationship anxiety in an emotional unit. How do patterns of triangles emerge?  How are triangles manifested at all levels of our functioning---from the brain, our senses, physiology, perceptions, and behavior. Ms. Friesen's work with biofeedback, neurofeedback, and the development of the brain inform her understanding of triangles.

picture of p. friesenPriscilla J Friesen was introduced to Bowen family systems theory in 1976 while studying for a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Kansas.  She moved to Washington, DC, after graduate school in 1978 to study with Dr. Murray Bowen, the originator of the ideas.  Working in numerous teaching, training, and administrative capacities, Ms. Friesen has been associated with the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (formerly Georgetown Family Center) since that time.  She is presently working with the Murray Bowen Archives Project and the National Library of Medicine to make the Bowen Archives “available to the world.”


1.5 Professional Development Hours

Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center - Forum Room (Lower Level)
1:00 – 2:30 pm CST
 $20 Registration Fee; $10 for Washburn University Students, Faculty & Staff