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Finding the Untold Story: Exploring Developmental Trauma Through the Lens of Contemporary Film
April 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
When trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, a sacred core of the self retreats into the unconscious where it is surrounded by powerful forces that constitute a “system” of defenses. This Self-Care System and its inner “powers” frequently appears in dreams during the psychotherapy of trauma-survivors. Dr. Kalsched will tell some clinical stories, accompanied by the patient’s dreams, that illustrate these appearances and then illustrate his discussion with clips from several contemporary films. Among the films from which vignettes will be chosen are Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Golden Compass, Birdman, and Equus.
Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist who practices 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 on the subject of trauma and its treatment. His celebrated book The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit (Routledge 1996) explores the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and Jungian thought as it relates to practical clinical work with the survivors of early childhood trauma. His new book, Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption (Routledge, 2013) explores the “spiritual” dimensions of clinical work with trauma-survivors. He and his wife Robin live in Santa Fe, during the winter, and summer in Newfoundland, Canada.Purchase Workshops