This is a five day intensive seminar taught by Donald Kalsched, Jungian Analyst and author of Trauma and the Soul : A Psychospiritual Approach with guest lecturer Lorraine Freedle, International Sandplay Teacher (STA/ISST). It was originally scheduled for Fall, 2020, but has been re-scheduled to October 27-31, 2021.
According to C.G. Jung, the human personality contains a ‘divine spark’ or ‘indwelling spirit’ that slowly evolves in the course of a person’s development through a process he described as ‘individuation’—becoming the individual you were intended to be. However, when trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, a 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 ‘great powers’ of the psyche’s survival system (described by Dr. Kalsched as a ‘Self Care System’).
Depth Psychotherapy offers the opportunity for renewed contact with the lost core of the self (soul) and hence for renewed feeling life, creativity and aliveness—but not without fierce resistance thrown up by the psyche’s defensive powers. In this seminar, clinicians from a variety of disciplines will come together to explore the clinical, theoretical, and symbolic/spiritual dimensions of Donald Kalsched’s model of the inner world of trauma—as described in his two books, many articles, and four decades of Jungian analytic practice.
The model’s application to Sandplay Therapy will be introduced in a special case-presentation by Dr. Lorraine Freedle in dialogue with Dr. Kalsched.
Participants are required to be in some form of clinical/healing practice and to be qualified in their respective fields. Students, not yet in practice, who are in training or are preparing for the vocation of psychotherapy in graduate or masters-level training programs are also welcome. Continuing education credit will be provided.