225: INVITED PRESENTER SESSION - The Science of Family Systems Theory

Jacob Priest; Nathan R. Hardy
1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Salon D
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Invited Session
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Family Therapy
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About the Session

Conference Attendance Hours: 1
NBCC CE Hours: 1

Made Possible by the Family Therapy Section


Uniquely focused on how to integrate science as well as theory into clinical practice, the presentation uses science from multiple domains and ties it to family systems theory through the key framework of autonomy and adaptation. Drawing on research from genetics, physiology, emotion regulation, attachment, and triangulation, I demonstrate how a comprehensive science-informed theory of family systems can be applied to a range of problematic family patterns. The presentation also explores self-of-the-therapist work and considers how autonomy and attachment are connected to systems of power, privilege, and oppression.


  • To learn the history and present standing of family systems theory.
  • To understand the evidence that supports the hypotheses of family systems theory.
  • To learn how family systems theory can be used as a foundation for research and clinical work.
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