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Turning Ghosts into Ancestors through Phantom Narratives

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Intergenerational traumas are living memories that express and perpetuate themselves through group unconscious story formation i.e., phantom narratives. They offer us an opportunity to acknowledge, engage, and mourn the unresolved. Specifically, the unprocessed violence, both of the past and as it appears in present day sociopolitical processes. The psychological work of transforming ghosts that haunt our current lives into ancestors (helpful presences) will be our focus for this workshop.

Related Friday Talk: Between the World and Me: Where the Wild Things Live

Samuel Kimbles,  Ph. D., is a clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and member of the faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a clinical professor (VCF) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He has served as president of the C. G. Jung Institute. He has lectured and presented papers on topics related to the theory and practical applications of analytical psychology nationally and internationally. He is a clinical consultant and has taught at the San Francisco Jung Institute, colleges and universities as well as trained mental health and analytic professionals. His published work on the cultural complex is a significant contribution to the application of analytical psychology to the study of groups and society. His previous book, The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society (Singer & Kimbles, eds.), and his most recent book: Phantom Narratives: The Unseen Contributions of Culture to Psyche, explores the themes of psyche in groups and society.

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November 9, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is $5 for the lecture, $10 for the workshop, or $10 for both the lecture and workshop. To obtain credits, please sign up before each lecture or workshop at the CEU table in the lobby.

Bring a sack lunch for the 45 minute onsite lunch.


Unity Church of Portland
4525 SE Stark
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Ample free parking.