Donald Kalsched, Bollingen Lecturer
Healing Trauma: The Lost and Recovered Soul
November 8-9, 2013
First Community Church, North
Reduced prices available until 11/1/2013
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According to C. G. Jung, the human personality has a transpersonal origin and essence. With the birth of each person a spark of the Divine enters time-and-space-reality and, through relationships that involve both joy and suffering, becomes embodied as a human soul. However, when severe trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, the vital core of the self goes into hiding in a deep layer of the unconscious. There it exists as a lost soul in suspended animation under a spell cast by the powers of the psyche’s defensive system. Psychotherapy provides the opportunity for renewed contact with this lost core and hence for renewed life—but not without a battle with the psyche’s defensive powers. In our weekend together we will explore this dramatic process with the help of clinical examples, dreams, literature and mythology.
Friday Morning Professional Seminar 8:30am - 1:00pm (4 CEUs)
This seminar, intended especially for psychotherapists and others in the helping professions, will examine the treatment of trauma from a depth psychological perspective. Trauma occurs when we are given more to experience in this life than we can experience consciously. Such experience—often occurring in early childhood—is “unbearable” or “unspeakable” and therefore cannot be metabolized. It threatens the child with what one psychoanalyst calls “soul murder.” Fortunately, this is prevented from happening by a sophisticated system of defenses that Dr. Kalsched calls the “selfcare system.” This system assures that the vital core of a person is not violated. Instead it is split off into the unconscious where it lives a kind of ghost-like existence, numb, unable to feel, but with a secret longing for rebirth. How this “lost heart of the self” is contacted again in psychotherapy and how the inner resistances to this contact are overcome will be the subject of this seminar.
NOTE TO MEMBERS OF THE JUNGIAN PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR GROUP: The group meeting for Friday November 8 will be this event. Your fees for this seminar are included in your Semester Fees.
Friday Evening Lecture 7-9 pm (2 CEUs)
In this slide-illustrated lecture, Dr. Kalsched will describe a series of dramatic moments in the psychotherapy of trauma survivors where a breakthrough occurred in the client’s access to dissociated feelings. These moments were followed by vivid dreams in which a lost or abandoned ”child” appears—often menaced by the psyche's repressive ”powers.” He will then show the parallels between these dreams and those ancient myths that describe the birth and trials of the archetypal Hero.
Saturday Workshop 9:30am - 3:30pm (5CEUs)
Trauma survivors often report that their lives are a ”living Hell.” This pathological situation is created by the psyche’s defensive system which must be unlocked through psychotherapy—a process that involves what medieval theologians called a ”Descendit ad Infernos”—a harrowing descent into the hellish unremembered pain of the patient’s early life. Dante's Divine Comedy gives a beautiful example of such a companioned descent, as Virgil and Dante descend into the nether regions in order to heal the poet’s mid-life depression. In this slide-illustrated workshop, Dr. Kalsched will illustrate this process with many examples from dreams, myth, and contemporary film.
Morning refreshments. Lunch on your own.
Gathering with Donald Kalsched (following the Saturday workshop) 4 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us at J Liu's (50 W.Bridge St, Dublin, 43017) for further enrichment and delicious refreshments at a casual gathering following Saturday's program. Dr. Kalsched will discuss some of the experiences that went into the writing of his new book. Reservations are required by 11/1. Space is limited.
Reduced prices for all events other than the dinner at J Liu's are available until 11/1/2013
About Donald Kalshed: Dr. Kalsched is a senior faculty member and supervisor with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, he lectures nationally and internationally. His new book, Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption (Routledge, 2013), explores the “spiritual” or “archetypal” dimensions of clinical work with traumasurvivors. He and his wife Robin live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during the winter and summer in Newfoundland, Canada.
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