Eugene Friends of Jung and the Center for Community Counseling Presents:
Donald Kalsched, Ph.D.
Healing Trauma: The Lost and Recovered Soul in Depth Psychotherapy
Lecture: December 1st, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
Workshop: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Clinical Case Consultation: Sunday, December 3rd, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Overall Description of the Weekend with Dr. Kalsched
According to C. G. Jung, the human personality embodies a divine ”spark” or animating essence, often described as the human soul or spirit. Under normal circumstances, this core of selfhood incarnates in the individual and evolves into a unique personality through a process of tolerable suffering that Jung called individuation. However when severe trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, this sacred core of the person cannot embody and is split off from the developing personality, retreating into “God’s world,” i.e., into a deep layer of the unconscious for safe keeping. There it continues to exist as a lost soul in suspended animation under a spell cast by the powers of the psyche’s survival system. With the self thus divided, the trauma survivor feels “broken” or “unreal” and may even lose sight of the lost parts of the self, living a joyless, onedimensional outer existence concerned more with survival than with true-self living. Clinical depression is often the result. In this weekend’s lecture and workshop, we will see how Depth Psychotherapy offers the opportunity for renewed contact with the lost core of the self, and hence for renewed feeling-life, creativity, and relatedness. We will also see how the forces of repression resist this healing and are ready to wage a fierce battle for possession of the soul. How this dramatic struggle between life-and anti-life forces comes out in the end often depends on the strength of connection between the analytic partners and whether their relationship can weather the many storms and stresses that threaten to de-rail the therapy venture or end it prematurely.
Lecture: Images of the Lost Soul in the Psychotherapy of Early Trauma
Friday, December 1st, 2017; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Free for EFJ members; $15 for non-members; Free for students with student i.d.
Unitarian Universalist Church; 1685 W. 13th Ave.
Please arrive early as we expect this to be a full event.
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 accompanied by vivid dreams in which a lost or abandoned “child” appeared–often menaced by the psyche’s repressive powers. The speaker will then show the parallels between these dreams and those ancient myths that describe the birth and trials of the archetypal Hero–the one who always carries a dual destiny–part human, part divine, and whose ”purpose” is to renew the community.
Workshop: The Soul in Hell and its Liberation:
Reflections on Clinical Depression in Light of Dante’s Divine Comedy
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 ; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Unitarian Universalist Church
Pre-registration for the workshop is required. Please register by November 24th.
NASW approved 3 CEU’s will be available for this event.
We will be providing lunch from Cafe Yumm during the lunch break which will be included in the ticket price.
$75 EFJ members/CCC Volunteers; $90 non-members; $60 students with i.d.
Trauma survivors often report that their lives are a “living Hell.” This pathological situation is created by the psyche’s archetypal defenses and their depressive power over what one psychoanalyst called “the lost heart of the self,” with its desire for love and intimate relationship. Psychotherapy of this condition involves what the medieval theologians called a “Descendit ad Inferos”–a harrowing descent into all the hellish un-remembered pain of the patient’s early life. Dante’s Divine Comedy gives us a beautiful literary 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. Following Dante and his guide down to their confrontation with the “dark Lord” of Hades, Dr. Kalsched will show in this slide-illustrated lecture how depth psychotherapy in conjunction with affective neuro-science, and the findings of attachment theory and relational theory all lead toward answers of the central question posed by both the clinical and literary material, vis. how can the otherwise sealed crypt of Hell be opened and its occupants liberated?
Sunday Clinical Case Consultation
Sunday, December 3rd
8:30 am – 11:30 pm
Sahara Nyingma Buddhist Institute; 477 E. 40th Ave.
The cost of the case consultation is $100.
Pre-registration is required for the case consultation. Please register by November 24th. This event is for clinicians only. There will only be 30 seats available so please register early. If you are interested in attending this event, please call the Center for Community Counseling. Lesley Sabini 541-344-0620 You will receive an RSVP invitation once you contact Lesley. NASW approved 2.75 CEU’s will be available for case consultation attendees. This Sunday morning supervisory colloquium will be a chance for local clinicians to meet and discuss their work in light of the material presented earlier in the weekend. Vignettes or short cases of individuals with a trauma history are invited, and Dr. Kalsched will also present vignettes and teach off the material brought by participants.
Should a cancellation be necessary, we will refund your fee, less a $20.00 administrative cost, up to five days before the event. At five or fewer days before the event, we will be unable to refund the fee.
Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist who practices in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, a senior faculty member and supervisor with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of trauma and its treatment. His celebrated book The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit (Routledge 1996) explores the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and Jungian thought as it relates to practical clinical work with the survivors of early childhood trauma. His new book, Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption (Routledge, 2013) explores the “spiritual” dimensions of clinical work with trauma-survivors. He and his wife Robin live in Santa Fe, during the winter, and summer in Newfoundland, Canada.