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Featured Event: Healing Trauma

Donald Kalsched

donald_kalschedPRESENTATION | more details

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016, 7 TO 9 PM

WORKSHOP | more details

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
  • 10 AM TO 4 PM


  • SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
  • 9 AM TO 12 PM

According to C. G. Jung, the human personality contains a vital spark or sacred core of aliveness (soul) that must personalize and embody in the course of a person’s development if optimal psychological health and ensouled living is to become possible.  But when trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, a dissociation or split occurs in which the vital core of the self retreats into the unconscious, where it continues to live in “suspended animation” under a spell cast by the powers of the psyche’s survival system. Depth Psychotherapy offers the opportunity for renewed contact with the lost soul and hence for renewed feeling-life, creativity, and relatedness—but not without fierce resistance thrown up by the psyche’s defensive powers.

In the slide-illustrated lecture and workshop, we will explore this archetypal struggle with the help of clinical examples, dreams, and mythological amplifications.  New findings in attachment theory, affective neuro-science and somatically attuned ways of working in the psychotherapy process will also be discussed. In the Colloquium, practitioners will have a chance to discuss material from their difficult cases with Dr. Kalsched. (Colloquium limited to licensed practitioners.)

About Donald E. Kalsched

Donald E. Kalsched, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist with a private practice 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, pursuing his inter-disciplinary interest in early trauma and dissociation theory.  He is the author of numerous articles and two books, The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit, (Routledge, 1996) and Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption (Routledge, 2013).  The latter explores how psychotherapeutic work with trauma-survivors sometimes provides unexpected access to an ineffable world of soul and spirit.

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