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Letters To My Father: A Bowen Family Systems Theory Conference about the Importance of Family Research for Strength and Resilience

Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family presents this one-day virtual and in-person conference.

Purpose: CSNSF has designed this program to advance the study of Bowen family systems theory through the exploration of one woman’s effort to learn more about her Jewish ancestry. Kathleen Balgley has recorded her journey in her memoir, “Letters to My Father, Excavating a Jewish Identity in Poland and Belarus”. Bowen theory provides a scientific basis for understanding the benefits of this type of effort while Kathleen presents a multitude of examples of overcoming the challenges involved.

For Whom: Students of Bowen theory with or without advanced training and individuals interested in the benefits of the family of origin research.

Letters to My Father Program

  •  9:00 –  9:30 Registration
  •  9:30 –  9:45 Welcome: Lorna Hecht Zablow
  •  9:45 – 10:15 Bowen Theory and Family Research: Victoria Harrison
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Break: Coffee and Refreshments
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Lorna Hecht interviews Kathleen Balgley about Her Family of Origin
  •               (Using a Family Diagram) and Her Family Research
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Discussion with Speakers and Audience
  • 12:00 –  1:30 Lunch on site
  •  1:30 –  2:30 Kathleen Balgley presents Her Family Research Process and Reads Excerpts from Her Book
  •  2:30 –  2:45 Break: Coffee and Refreshments
  •  2:45 –  3:30 Panel Discussion with Speakers and Audience
  •  3:30 –  4:00 Book Signing

Kathleen Balgley, Ph.D. Author

Letters To My Father: 

Excavating a Jewish Identity in Poland and Belarus


Kathleen Balgley earned her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego. During her academic career, she was at different times a Lecturer at UCLA Writing Programs, Associate Director of Writing at UCSD’s Sixth College, and tenured Associate Professor of English at California State University, San Luis Obispo. In 1987 Kathleen won a Fulbright award to teach in Poland, where she lived until 1989.

Lorna Hecht-Zablow MFT

Family Systems Psychotherapist


Lorna Hecht-Zablow MFT earned her master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from the University of San Diego in 1995, when she started her private practice in San Diego, CA.

Lorna attended the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Georgetown, D.C. from 2012 to 2015. She is on the Board and Faculty of CSNSF and a regular contributor to the Family Systems Forum and the CSNSF blog.