2017 Heartland Conference

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The Heartland Committee is excited to announce that Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, will be one of two guest speakers, along with Michael Kerr, MD, at the 2017 Heartland Conference, “Towards a Science of Feelings.”

Hear Dr. Kerr and Dr. Feldman Barrett answer a question from the audience at this year’s Heartland Conference:

The annual Heartland Conference is open to the public and is dedicated to science and theory.  It convenes on the Maple Woods Community College campus and is scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017.

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, where she focuses on the study of emotion. The conceptual act model of emotion is a recent psychological constructivist view on the experience of emotion. This model proposed an “emotion paradox.” The emotion paradox is as follows. People have vivid and intense experiences of emotion in day-to-day life: they report seeing emotions like “anger,” “sadness,” and “happiness” in others, and they report experiencing “anger,” “sadness” and so on themselves. Nevertheless, evidence has failed to yield consistent support for the existence of such discrete categories of experience. Instead, the empirical evidence suggests that what exists in the brain and body is affect. Despite this evidence, most other theories of emotion assume that emotions are genetically endowed, not learned, and are produced by dedicated circuits in the brain: an anger circuit, a fear circuit, and so on. This point of view is very much in line with common-sense conceptions of emotion. The conceptual act model of emotion calls this assumption into question. It suggests that these emotions are not biologically hardwired, but instead, are phenomena that emerge in consciousness “in the moment,” from two more fundamental entities: core affect and categorization. To read more of Dr. Feldman Barrett’s research, click here: affective-science.org

Michael E. Kerr, MD, is a family psychiatrist. He trained under and worked with Murray Bowen for more than twenty years, and then succeeded Dr. Bowen as Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (originally the Georgetown University Family Center) upon his death in 1990. He has been Emeritus Director of the Bowen Center since January 2011, is Director of the Bowen Theory Academy, and is now living in Maine. He continues a clinical practice, presents at conferences around the country, and writes about Bowen theory and its applications. He is co-author with Murray Bowen of, Family Evaluation, which was published in 1988 (excerpted in The Atlantic Monthly in September 1988), and is writing a second book. His thinking about family systems theory, the relationship between emotions in humans and other species, multigenerational process and differentiation of self offer a different theoretical perspective of the emergence of emotion. To review some of Dr. Kerr’s extensive work, please visit his web site blog: bowentheoryacademy.org/blog

Date/Time: Friday, February 3, 2017; 8:45 am-4:30 pm
Location: Maple Woods Community College campus, Campus Center, Room 110
Registration fee: $160 if paid by January 22, 2017 ($175 after)

6 CEUs are available.

Register Here

**NOTE:  A boxed lunch is available for an additional $10 and includes a sandwich, bag of chips, cookie, and bottled water.  To order, please add this amount to your registration fee and specify sandwich choice in the comments section (turkey club, chicken salad on croissant, roast beef & pepper jack, or veggie wrap).  Deadline to order a lunch is January 30.*


Past speakers have included Laura Brooks, LSCSW, Larry Carver, MD, Dalton Conley, PhD, Mark Flinn, PhD, Jeff French, PhD, Louise Hawkley, PhD, Jim Edd Jones, PhD, Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS, Michael E. Kerr, MD, George Kulik, DVM, PhD, Robert Noone, PhD, Margaret Otto, LSCSW, Daniel Papero, PhD, Deloras Pemberton, PhD, Steven Platek, PhD, Charles Raison, MD, and Mark Vincent, MD, MRCP (UK), FRCPC.