Jungian Psychology and Analysis As Psycho-Spiritual Event, As Religious Occasion
April 24, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
“All life is bound to carriers who realize it, and it is simply inconceivable without them. But every carrier is charged with an individual destiny and destination, and the experiencing of these alone makes sense of life”.
In recent years there has been a drift in the philosophical envelope of Jungian analysis. It is a significant frame adjustment, a movement away from seeing analysis as metaphysical craft to experiencing depth therapy as scientific craft, as empirical enactment.
This presentation suggests that the core, unique aspect of Jungian psychology and analysis in this age of increasing metric profession, psychology by the numbers, is its fundamental psycho-spiritual orientation, its essential anchoring in liminal realms. This multi-media presentation will use film, art, and masked clinical example to attempt a contribution toward this rehabilitation of craft, this re-visioning of Jungian psychology and analytic vocation as religious event, as sacramental occasion. A brief concluding aside will allude to the growing planetary dimensions of this psychology and craft, stressing the urgency of reconnecting to the Anima Mundi spirit so wounded at the core of contemporary individual and collective psyche.
Friday night’s lecture will lay out an overview of the model, while Saturday’s session will deepen and amplify the material through interactive play with the presented media examples.
“Whatever spirituality is, we know from our glimpses along the frontier with the transcendent that it wants to step over into living”.
– Ann Belford Ulanov
Terrill L. Gibson, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Gibson practices individual and family therapy with Pastoral Therapy Associates in Tacoma. He lectures and writes widely on the basic theme of the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. He has been a frequent consultant, faculty, supervisor, and facilitator for a variety of Pacific Northwest universities, social service agencies, corporations and religious congregations.
Recent Relevant Publications:
- “Cin-Imago Dei: Jungian Psychology and Images of the Soul in Contemporary Cinema.” Cinema and Psyche: A Journal of Archetype and Culture 73, Spring 2005.
- “Process and Politics in Pastoral Psychology: A Jungian Perspective on the Transformative Imago Dei in Depth Therapy, in The Spiritual Horizon of Psychotherapy, edited by William J. Schmidt and Merle R. Jordan, Routledge, 2009.
- “The Oedipal Child and the Family Crucible: A Jungian Account,” Human Development and Faith, ed. Felicity Kelcourse, Chalice Press, 2004.
- “Wholeness and Transcendence is the Practice of Pastoral Psychotherapy from a Judeo-Christian Perspective,” The Psychology of Mature Spirituality, eds. Polly Young-Eisendrath and Melvin Miller, Routledge, 2000.