OSHR 1331 - If You Can’t Get Rid of the Family Skeleton-You Might As Well Make It Dance - George Bernard Shaw

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

How do we make skeletons dance? Thinking in terms of systems is the first step. The 1950’s ignited a paradigm shift in therapy from the "individual" to the "family system." Among the new thinkers Murray Bowen developed a framework for mapping family dynamics. His theory is intuitive and easy to learn. Standing the test of time, it offers a way to see the big picture of family relationships, work teams, or world events. This is because the model works with all human systems: individuals, families, companies, and governments.

Participants will learn to map relationships and brainstorm how to change system dynamics. Complimentary theories will be included for perspective. Famous people will be given as examples with the opportunity, but no pressure, to make a personal genogram.

Reading: Marlin, Emily, Genograms: The New Tool for Exploring the Personality, Career, and Love Patterns You Inherit, ISBN 0-8092-4494-2

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.