Practitioners whose work is informed by general systems theory are familiar with the concept that the pressure of ordinary development or extraordinary external events results in a transformation of the system in response to the challenge.
Part of the process of BowerNote is to construct a timeline which allows the practitioner to identify those turning points which result in systems transformation. These may result in a richer, more effective arrangement that support and protects family members or one that constricts and constrains and includes symptoms which bring a family to therapy.
As a world we are in the process of such a transformative process, as individuals, as families and as a society. The old ways which have allowed us, in this country, enormous personal freedom of movement and association and rich connection to outside institutions and social networks beyond our family, now put us at enormous risk. The rules have changed, and the pressures of transformation are under way. While the legislated changes may save our lives, it is impossible to know what they will mean for us individually and collectively into the future. What we do know is that flexibility and an adherence to values of fairness, compassion and protection of the rights of the most vulnerable as we face this pandemic and as we recover, will be most protective.