2018 Spring Bowen Theory Conference

Tension in the FamilyParents and son (3 5) sitting on couch in living room

Coaching the Chronically Distressed Family

by Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW
of the Bowen Center

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Friday, April 27, 2018 • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Orchard Place • 925 Porter Ave. Des Moines, IA 50315

Parking available at Nahas Aquatic Center & South Side Library next door on SW Porter Ave.

  • Registration 8:30 am
  • Presentation Begins 9:00 am
  • Break 10:30 – 10:45 am
  • Lunch 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Break 2:45 – 3:00 pm
  • Presentation Concludes 4:30 pm

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Tension in the Family:

Coaching the Chronically Distressed Family

Bowen’s research at the NIMH in the 1950s produced an initial cardinal finding—that the family functioned as an emotional unit or system. He and his team subsequently recognized the role of stress or anxiety in the behavior of the family unit. Increasing stress and anxiety individually and in the family system results in changes in behavior. Individuals become more tense—more sensitive, reactive and more cognitively challenged. Family units transmit stress and anxiety rapidly to all members. They become less flexible, less oriented to solving problems, display heightened criticism and blaming of one another, and more active patterns of conflict and withdrawal.

Bowen noted that individuals and family units can become chronically anxious or stressed, a condition he called chronic anxiety. Chronic anxiety produces chronic tension in people and in family units. The clinical approach to the chronically tense individual and family unit has two main interconnected goals: 1. To decrease tension in the unit and 2. To assist motivated individuals to reclaim abilities to self-regulate, to think clearly, decide and act without having to withdraw from the tense family unit. The goal of the day will be to describe clearly the processes of stress and tension within the family and the clinical approaches that can help the family unit regain competent functioning.

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Bishop’s Golf Classic

2014 Golf LogoSAVE THE DATE: August 27, 2018

Echo Valley Country Club, 3150 Echo Valley Drive, Norwalk, IA

11:00 a.m. Registration ▪ Noon – Lunch ▪ 1:00 p.m. Best Ball Shotgun Start, 18 holes ▪ 5:30 p.m. Reception/Awards

Golf for Good!Casey's team on the green

A day on the links, with everything provided, and all for a good cause! Your participation in the Catholic Charities Bishop’s Golf Classic provides funding to make our mission possible.


About the Tournament: The tournament begins with lunch at noon, followed by a 1:00 pm shotgun start. Parishes are encouraged to enter one or more teams in the “Church Challenge” to compete against other parish teams. The foursome with the lowest team score will take home the Catholic Charities Bishop’s Golf Classic prize!

Contact Fred Hollister, Catholic Charities Development Director, at 515-237-5064 or fhollister@catholiccharitiesdm.org for event sponsorships and team reservations.


Fall Bowen Theory Conference


Presenter: Dr. Michael E. Kerr, MD

No Room at the Inn

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 7, 2018

No Room at the Inn Silent AuctionPastoral Center, 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines

6:00 – 9:00 pm

A holiday reception to raise funds for homeless families.

Our favorite way to kick off the holidays is the annual No Room at the Inn fundraising reception. Festive music, delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and a silent auction set for holiday entertaining and gifts. Thanks to our main event sponsor, Mercy Medical Center, all proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter.2016 No Room (51)

To sponsor the event contact Fred Hollister at 515-237-5064. To donate an auction item contact Beth Gibbins at 515-237-5087.

St. Patrick’s Gala

SAVE THE DATE: March 9, 2019

Ron Pearson Center, 5820 Westown Parkway, WDM2018 Gala 20 copy

5:30 p.m. Social Hour in the Pub ▪ 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program ▪ Entertainment to follow!

Gala musicA night to honor Catholic Charities champions at

a great St. Patrick’s party!

We needed a great event to honor those to have gone above and beyond to help Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines. So, in 2015, we put together our St. Patrick’s Gala as a celebration where fun and fundraising were the centerpiece of the evening. A wonderful dinner and honors ceremony, with a party in the pub with an Irish band before and after!2018 Gala 51 copy

To secure your table or be an event sponsor, contact Fred Hollister at 515-237-5064.


Click here for photos of our 2018 Gala!

Photos from our 2017 St. Patrick’s Gala