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Imagination, Creativity and Spirituality in Psychotherapy An Introduction

February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 2023

4 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

What you will receive

  • 4 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
  • 4 Links to the Recordings
  • A Learning Resource Guide with additional material

In the grand sweep of evolution, we see aspects of a creative process at work. Solutions have existed in nature long before humans were able to “discover” them. Individually, we are creative at our biological core, on a cellular level. Expanding the imagination allows for greater flexibility and access to the unconscious. We are then better able to identify dysfunctional patterns that impede functioning and find innovative solutions.

Psychotherapy is a creative process, yet the concepts and symbols in our field of psychotherapy eventually become worn out.  We are confused, we get glimmers of insight, we lose that, we reflect, we are aware of many opposing forces in our clients and ourselves, we give up our habitual ideas, we sit with our client until an insight gels and then finally, we can bring something forward that is transformative. As clinicians, we need new, fresh ideas to address changing concerns.

This course is designed to awaken creative desire and expand the imagination of the clinician and in turn, her patient. It could also appeal to anyone looking for creative ways to solve every day problems. Many varieties of imagination will be explored — the spiritual, the relational, the dreamworld, the aesthetic, and the adaptive. A special form of dreamwork will be discussed which is aimed at solving problems.

This course will take an interdisciplinary approach. We will synthesize research in many fields — including spirituality and Kabbalah, neuroscience, and the arts — to give an original understanding of the current pressing problems in the rapidly changing field of psychotherapy: how do we work with unconscious processes and early memories to help our patients become more imaginative, creative, hopeful and resilient, and in so doing, heal.

This course is ideal if

  • You are looking to learn how to break dysfunctional patterns, whether you are a therapist, a client or a person who wants to expand and explore new ideas
  • You are looking to conquer creative blocks in a particular field or to become more creative in solving everyday problems
  • You are a therapist who wants to contribute to the field but needs inspiration and tools to do so
  • You want to learn more about spirituality and how this can be healing both in psychotherapy and in everyday life
  • You are interested in a technique of dreamwork that can expand the imagination and help you solve problems
  • You are interested in how the experience of arts and architecture can help in the healing of conflict and trauma

Course Overview

CLASS ONE: Our spiritual connection with each other

This class focuses on the spiritual connection we can have with each other in and outside of psychotherapy. Although usually implicit, spirituality is at the heart of the healing process. Psychotherapy is a sacred act. We bring the client into transitional space – that spiritual space between reality and fantasy where boundaries are loosened and new experiences become possible. The deep listening, empathy and intuition of the therapist creates the therapeutic alliance and allows a relationship to develop that gives the client the faith she can change. We will explore how to deepen this relationship. This class will also discuss metaphors from the Kabbalah, a contemplative tradition, to help illuminate the healing process, inspire the clinician, and give tools to work with clients.

CLASS TWO: Unconscious communication and the uncanny

This class explores the resonant/relational imagination: the therapeutic attunement and unconscious communication that exist between client and therapist, sometimes even eerily when the dyad is separated in time and space. Freud and Ferenczi explored the unconscious transfer of thoughts and feelings between patient and therapist, what they termed “thought transference” or telepathy and what we call unconscious communication. Freud wrote that these uncanny phenomena are indisputable and that eventually science will explain them. This exploration continues today, and numerous scientific explanations are offered, including using quantum physics as a metaphor to understand unconscious communication and the discovery of mirror neurons. Discussion of how therapist can use this information in psychotherapy.

CLASS THREE: Embodied Imagination – A special form of dreamwork

This class presents an innovative form of post-Jungian dreamwork called Embodied Imagination, which is useful not only for clients but for anyone wishing to expand creatively. In this method, the dreamer enters the dream and embodies key images, that is, feels them in the body. These images are then formed into a composite that is practiced by the dreamer in the days to come. This allows the dreamer to leave his or her “habitual consciousness,” or usual way of seeing the world, and form new approaches and perspectives. The technique will be demonstrated with visuals from my new graphic novel: The Eel and the Blowfish.

CLASS FOUR: Using the Arts and Architecture to Address Psychological Conflicts

The arts are inherently transformational, not only for the artist but also for the viewer. They introduce universal problems, helping us to feel less alone and isolated. We also gain the aesthetic distance to address conflict and ponder possible solutions. The arts and architecture will be explored as to their healing capacities. The use of poetry to help solidify the self and articulate repressed feelings will be discussed. The use of images in The Eel and the Blowfish will demonstrate how visual images aid in healing. The lecturer’s experience in the Jewish Museum in Berlin will show how the physical space of architecture can become potential space and in so doing, heal.

By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To

  • understand the spiritual connection between therapist and client and how that contributes to healing
  • achieve familiarity with a special technique of dreamwork that expands the imagination and helps the client or interested individual break through disabling blocks
  • use the arts and architecture to inspire and help heal anxiety and trauma
  • understand unconscious communication in therapy and everyday life

CEC Learning Objectives

  • Describe three factors that contribute to establishing a therapeutic alliance with the client
  • Analyze the dynamics of unconscious communication between therapist and client by comparing and contrasting recent scientific research relative to mirror neurons
  • Utilize an embodied imagination methodology for working with dream images in order to shift the inner locus of control and illuminate repressed material
  • Explain how the physical space of architecture can offer a therapeutic container for working with anxiety and trauma

 

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Program Details

Dates

Wednesdays, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Noon – 1:00 PM PDT

Registration

  • $230 General Rate
  • $180 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $130 Pacifica Student Rate
  • $30.00 CECs (4 CEC hours)*

Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.

About the Teacher

Leanne Domash, PhD is a psychologist/psychoanalyst, playwright and Embodied Imagination practitioner. She has had a life-long interest in the creative process and has written and/or presented nationally and internationally on art, architecture, writing, wit and humor, theater, and spirituality as they intersect with the psychotherapeutic process.

Dr. Domash is Clinical Consultant, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Voluntary Psychologist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, NY; and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, NY.

The aim of her recent book — Imagination, Creativity and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: Welcome to Wonderland — is to awaken creative desire and expand the imagination of the clinician and in turn, his or her patient. However, the book can be read by anyone wanting to solve problems –whether artistic, scientific or relational — in more open and original ways. Dr. Domash brings the reader into a transitional space, an in-between reality, that allows deep exploration and access to new ideas. Using interdisciplinary exploration – from Kabbala and bible stories to biology and neuroscience — Dr. Domash helps the reader view the world through a metaphorical lens as he or she continues to grow, expand, dare, take risks, and even, leap into the unknown.

General Information

Location

Hosted Online

Cancellations

Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.

Continuing Education Credit

This program meets qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 4 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177).  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for each program and its content.  Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Continuing Education Goal.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.  Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

CECs and Online Program Attendance: Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.

Registration Details

February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 2023

  • Number of Classes: 4 Classes
  • Class Length: 60 min.
  • Class Time: Noon – 1:00 PM PDT
  • Total Duration: 4 Hours
  • CECs: 4

Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.