In addition, we will see various practical ways we can use to open ourselves to healing and transformative experiences. Although there will be times for discussion and sharing our stories, silence will always by honored. Please wear comfortable clothing; bring journals and any personal art supplies you may have.
Charlotte M. Jung institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She received her doctoral degree in psychoanalysis from the Union Graduate School in Cincinnati. She has been in private practice in New Orleans for twenty years. She has recently opened an office in Baton Rouge. She lectures and conducts seminars in Jungian psychology, family therapy, and bereavement. In his latest book Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality beyond Religion , Lionel Corbett helps modern people discover the numinous presence of the divine within themselves as they live a busy life filled with secular activities. Corbett will talk about ways to find spiritually meaningful life without the need to embrace any particular theology.
This approach also serves to deepen the spirituality of those who are committed to a religious tradition. In the morning, Lionel Corbett will lead a workshop exploring how suffering and evil can be understood through a psychological lens using the stories of Job and Medea, and by considering them as contemporary individuals seeking relief from their own suffering or destructive impulses.
In the afternoon, Dr. Corbett will explore the admonition that Jung received from an inner figure as recorded in his journal, the Red Book to herald a new spirituality. Lionel Corbett, MD, is a Jungian analyst and doctor of medicine and psychiatry. His primary interests are the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice and the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology.
Corbett is a core faculty member and teaches depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. He has developed a powerful approach to spirituality that is based on personal experience of the sacred, and which avoids all forms of doctrine and dogma. He is the author of five books and many training films and professional articles. The overall theme of the lecture and workshop this weekend will be the way in which the chaotic dynamics of the individuation process originate in the body. Chaos refers to those highly de-stabilizing disturbances in our lives that contribute to growth and stability.
Recognizing and understanding their symbolic expressions allows us to move beyond those patterns that keep us stuck, freeing us to participate in the unconscious chaos at work in our lives. Jung and Jungians have always been fascinated with that which exists beyond consciousness. What is the unconscious? How can we perceive and decipher its symbolism?
How can ego and unconscious work together to further individuation? Recent discoveries in genetics, microbiology and biochemistry have increased our understanding of the most basic dynamics of physical processes, especially those that influence how we perceive, process and respond to the world around us.
Psycho-neuro-endocrinal-immunology, for example, studies how the nervous, endocrine and immune systems interact with psyche. Jung referred to that part of the psyche where mind and body overlap as psychoid ; In the psychoid realm of the psyche, mind and body influence and modify each other. How do unconscious adaptations to previous problems influence our perceptions and behaviors today?
While all interactions with the unconscious involve pathos, this will not be a group therapy session. Rather, it will be a time filled with all the humor, fascination, fun, befuddlement, amazement, and mutual discovery of dealing with the unconscious, which always has the best of intentions, but not always the most flexible of approaches. He has taught psychology at Northwestern University and at the C. Jung Institutes in Zurich and Chicago.
It opens with a comprehensive review of relevant literature and a discussion of the theoretical perspective and methods of the study. Finally, the themes are discussed in relation to existing literature.
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With professional and personal experience of the subject matter, I offered to review the book with enthusiasm but was ultimately left wanting. In short, the book makes interesting light reading and the stories shared are varied and rich. However, I would not recommend it to those looking for a more robust exploration of this population. A number of issues are considered, including classroom structure and variation in pupil ability and learning style. The importance of pupil interaction, group status and friendship is also discussed.
Throughout the text, both the positive and negative effects of peer group experiences on development are highlighted. The book also presents arguments from both educational and psychological perspectives, emphasising the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the topics in hand. The structure of the text is easy to follow, and the opinions included are supported by the presentation of relevant theory and research.
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However, a focus on development within education does mean that little information is provided about peer group experiences beyond this context. His argument is that the field has become embroiled in internal arguments about theory and technique, to the extent that it has lost touch with current public needs. Throughout the book Waska uses interesting and informative case studies to illustrate how his analytic contact principle works to inform practice. Reading his studies, I am left with the impression his concept is sensible and useful. However, I feel that it needs to be incorporated within a containing and structured therapeutic environment, which did not come across strongly in his writing.
Overall, this is an interesting and informative book, particularly the sections about patient relationships to self-knowledge, which will appeal to a select audience. Written by a child psychiatrist and two adults who have received a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, the book is an exploration of the conditions that have constructed a spectrum, one that they claim is ill-defined and unsupported by evidence.
This is a brave statement indeed, given the inevitable emotions attached to such a subject. What follows however, is an in-depth analysis of the scientific, social and political conditions that contribute to the construction of the concept of autism. The book sometimes loses balance, but you cannot help but be moved to intrigue throughout.
Fundamentally, this book caught my imagination. There were many facets of the book that I have no doubt will feel challenging to a variety of readers, but there were parts that also put words to my own concerns as a practitioner. Writing on autism tends to be heavily weighted towards the contrary view, and as the literature around the apparent genetic contribution to autism continues to gather momentum, it is refreshing and I feel, necessary, to hear an alternative voice among the clamour.
This book provides a fascinating discussion of the ways in which cultural issues can influence clinical work. It offers an interesting and varied collection of writings from different authors all with extensive experience of this field. Initial chapters provide a discussion of psychosocial constructions of culture and identity. Later chapters go on to provide ideas about how issues of culture can present at different stages of therapy.
The experiences of first, second, and third generation immigrants and asylum seekers are discussed in relation to therapy, consultation, and service development.
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The book draws heavily on psychoanalytic approaches and presupposes some knowledge of psychoanalytic concepts. Therefore, I feel that this book would be most suitable for people with some background knowledge of this area. Due to the focus on culture in psychotherapeutic settings, I feel that it would also be of particular interest to clinicians involved in offering psychological therapy.
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As a first-year trainee trying to absorb as much information as possible, I was thrilled to receive this intriguing and thought-provoking read through the post. I was not disappointed! Benamer successfully introduces the reader into the world of attachment-based approaches for psychosis providing both extensive academic and clinical insights as well as inspirational and creative service-user stories. I found this a highly accessible text with short succinct chapters smoothly leading the reader through rich research, discussions, debates and personal accounts of the politics, theories, assumptions and concealed elements of the meaning of a psychosis diagnosis.
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