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Transforming depression: Healing the soul through creativity, egocide, symbolic death, and new life

September 23, 2000 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT


This format will allow for the in-depth presentation and discussion of an actual case (a depressed and suicidal patient). Participants will learn how the egocide and transformation model is applied and how it works. The patient, guided by the analyst, symbolically kills (or analyzes to death) negative aspects of the ego and shadow (egocide and shadowcide) and the related depressive and suicidal state is transformed through the creative arts.

Suicide is literally a dead end. Whereas, egocide involves a symbolic death and rebirth experience. Egocide and transformation allows the suffering melancholic individual to live, heal the soul through creativity and find meaning in life.

Related Lecture: Transforming depression: Healing the soul through creativity, egocide, symbolic death, and new life

David Rosen, M.D., trained as a psychiatrist at the Langley Porter Institute in San Francisco and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. As a Professor of Humanities in Medicine at Texas A & M University, his research interests include analytical psychology, the psychology of religion, depression, suicidology, healing, creativity, and the psychosocial, psychiatric, and human aspects of medicine. Among his eight published books are Transforming Depression: A Jungian Approach Using the Creative Arts, The Tao of Jung: The Way of Integrity and his newest book, The Healing Spirit of Haiku, co-authored with Joel Weishaus in 2004.

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September 23, 2000
10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is for the workshop is $10 for 4 hours. To obtain CEU credit, add the CEU to your shopping cart when registering.


First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, United States
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Ample free parking in both church lots.