A Conference with Donald Kalsched on the Subject of his New Book: Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption
A 4-Day Conference for practicing psychotherapists in Santa Fe New Mexico
Sponsored by the Santa Fe Center for Alchemical Studies
December 11-15, 2013
Donald E. Kalsched, Ph.D.
Assisted by Monika Wikman, Ph.D., Thomas Elsner, J.D., M.A., and Robin van Loben Sels, Ph.D.
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 (Winnicott's "personalization;" Jung's "individuation").
However when severe trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, there is too little joy and too much suffering.The descent into ensouled personhood is unbearably painful for the immature ego, and an innocent core of the self splits off, retreating "God's world," i.e., into a deep layer of the unconscious that Jung referred to as the "collective" unconscious. 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, one-dimensional outer existence concerned more with survival than with true-self living.
Depth Psychotherapy offers the opportunity for renewed contact with the lost core of the self, and hence for renewed feeling-life, creativity, and relatedness.But the forces of repression resist this healing and are ready to wage a fierce battle for possession of the soul (see Blake's image of the Good and Evil Angels fighting for possession of a child).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.
In this four day workshop we will explore these themes with the help of clinical examples, dreams, and illustrations from literature, art and contemporary film.Experiential process-groups will help ground the material.
Wednesday Afternoon Lecture:Images of the Lost Soul-Child in the Psychotherapy of Early Trauma
Thursday Lecture and Workshop:The Soul in Hell and its Liberation: Reflections on Clinical Depression in Light of Dante's Divine Comed
Friday Lecture, Film and Workshop:Innocence and its Violation in Childhood and in our American Culture
Saturday Lecture and Workshop:Trauma, Synchronicity and Paranormal Experiences in Analysis
The Lost and Recovered Soul in Healing Trauma
Friday Lecture and Saturday Workshop sponsored by The C. G. Jung Association of Central Ohio (JACO), at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, Ohio.
The Horrific World of Hansel and Gretel: Controversies Around Amputation, Survival and the Internal Saboteur, IAAP Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark
Four Plenary Lectures on each day of the Annual Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
Soul Life and the Space Between the Worlds
The Soul in Hell and its Liberation
Innocence: its Violation in Childhood and in American Culture
Trauma, Synchronicity and Paranormal Experience in Analysis
Friday Lecture and Saturday Workshop: The Soul in Hell and its Liberation: Clinical Reflections on the Pathological Effects of Dissociation in Early Trauma, with Special Reference to Dante's Inferno
Sponsored by the C. G. Jung Institute of Boston MA
Lecture at Newton Highlands Congregational Church, Newton MA
Workshop at Mandel Center for Humanities
Lecture: Trauma and the Soul: Psycho-Spiritual Considerations in Clinical Practice,
Sponsored by the Jung Center of Western Massachusetts
Neilson Library Browsing Room