Open Classroom Conference

Open Classroom is a conference open to the public and is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2016, from 8:45 am to 4:30 pm.  Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW, and LeAnn Howard, LSCSW, will present this one-day conference on the Maple Woods Community College campus, in room #110 of the Campus Center building.

Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW

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LeAnn Howard, LSCSW

6 CEUs are available.

Registration is $150 if registered by  November 9, 2016.  After November 9, the price increases to $165.

Topic: “An Update on the Multigenerational Transmission Process Concept”

This conference will consider what’s been learned regarding multigenerational transmission process since M. Bowen named the concept in the 1960s. Current information regarding MTP in two specific living systems will be presented side by side to encourage thinking and stimulate discussion of this theoretical concept.

Conference Presentations:

FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION IN HUMAN FAMILIES
Dan Papero, PhD

In the years that have passed since Murray  Bowen developed the concept of multigenerational transmission, one of the eight core concepts of the Bowen theory, a sea change has occurred in the field of genetics. The human genome has been completely mapped, the study of epigenetic change has developed rapidly, and knowledge of the role of genetic polymorphisms and their effects has expanded greatly. What was less clear 50 years ago is now well-understood. Genes and environment interact dynamically across the lifetime of the individual organism, creating the phenotype we call ourselves. Within that dynamic interaction the past influences the present, creating the cross-generational transmission process.

A SYMPHONY OF INTERACTIONS: THE FUNCTIONING OF THE ANT COLONY THROUGH TIME
LeAnn Howard, LSCSW

The first part of this presentation will review the 30-year field research on harvester ant behavior and what is known regarding the functioning of the unit. With no ant in charge and no central plan, harvester ants reproduce, build nests, gather food, rear young and shift tasks based on ever-changing conditions. What is known and not known regarding multigenerational transmission of behavior will also be discussed. In part two, similarities and differences between harvester ant colonies and human families will be reviewed. While humans are not evolved from ants, fundamental principles of contact that modifies another, emergence of interaction networks, generational influence of collective behavior, and variation in adaptation to changing conditions will be discussed. The importance of dialogue across disciplines at a revolutionary time will be highlighted.

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**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 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 is November 15.*