In response to current global and national crises, Pacifica Graduate Institute is proud to present this landmark conference featuring thought leaders and community partners standing together at the radical edge of depth psychology and social engagement. Changing times call for a changing conference – and a conference on change – that is community-based, liberation-centered, and engages directly with the numerous threats now at the threshold of our political horizons. Pre-conference workshops and keynote presentations on trauma, narcissism and rage, the role of “genius” and mythic thinking, as well as themes of embodiment, psyche and technology, archetypal activism, and war-induced trauma, weave their way throughout this powerful weekend of shared vision and renewed mission. Join us at Pacifica as we respond with depth psychologically-informed insight to both the plight of the present and the pull of the future.
Pre-Conference Workshops (Friday, June 16)
Michael Meade Agents of Creation: Healing and Renewal in Chaotic Times
Donald Kalsched (CECs) Trauma, Dissociation and the Soul: The Self-Care-System and its Archetypal Basis
Opening Plenary Address (Friday, June 16)
Michael Meade Touching the Soul of the World: A Mythological and Soulful View of Chaotic Times
The Clinical Edges of Depth Psychology: 30th Anniversary Keynote (Saturday, June 17)
Oksana Yakushko Opening Remarks
Donald Kalsched Keynote address: The Core Complex of a Traumatized Psyche
Concurrent Conference Sessions I (Saturday, June 17)
Stephen Aizenstat and Doug Thomas Dreaming as Response: The Global Dream Initiative
Michael Sipiora Psychology at the Edges of Blockadia
Rae Johnson Queering/Querying the Body: Sensation and Curiosity in Disrupting Body Norms
Concurrent Conference Sessions II (Saturday, June 17)
Susan Rowland Dionysus as God of Drama, Psychology, and Transdisciplinarity: Depth Psychology and the Arts
Joseph Bobrow Turning Ghosts Into Ancestors: War, Peace and the Alchemy of Transforming Trauma
Craig Chalquist and Thyonne Gordon with Romeo Keyes Archetypal Activism at the Edge: Transformation through Storytelling
Evening Performance (Saturday, June 17)
Marissa Chibas and CalArts Center for New Performance/Duende CalArts Students
Call to Action: Mobilizing for Conscious Change and Deep Transformation: Community Partners Panel
(Sunday, June 18)
David Ragland, The Truth Telling Project (Keynote)
Alisa Orduna (Homelessness Policy Director, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti)
Maricela Morales (Executive Director, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, CAUSE)
Art Cisneros (Chumash Elder and Firekeeper)
Lizzie Rodriguez (Chief Collaborative Coordinator, Restorative Community Network)
Nuria Ciofalo (Facilitator)
Michael Meade Agents of Creation: Healing and Renewal in Chaotic Times
Ancient people relied on ritual to heal the wounds of culture and draw upon the life renewing energies of nature. The modern world faces global climate issues and growing social problems that also require the transcendent imagination and restorative energies that ritual and myth can provide. Surprisingly, the increasing threats of division and collapse can provoke a deeper sense of wholeness that reunites nature and culture. The world may be increasingly troubled, yet it remains a place of ongoing creation. Creation wishes to continue, yet can only work through the souls of those alive at a given time. When oriented from the deep self and soul within us, our choices can become redeeming and our experiences can become revelatory rather than isolating or traumatizing. There may be no better time to reclaim and relearn the ancient art of making rituals in order to assist with the healing of nature and the renewal of culture.
Donald Kalsched Trauma, Dissociation and the Soul: The Self-Care-System and its Archetypal Basis
In this day-long workshop, Dr. Kalsched will present his dissociative model of the psyche as a universal “trauma complex.” The model describes a dissociative system of daimonic inner personifications representing powerful affects and defenses that structure the unconscious mind, and define the universal struggle in human life to actualize a sacred core of true selfhood under environmental conditions that are often unfavorable. Myths and Fairy Tales record this struggle in their narratives, which always portray a heroic figure (often a “child”) suspended between the powers of light (love) and darkness (hate), aided by benevolent powers and thwarted by malevolent ones. When trauma enters this individuation story, it injures the capacity for feeling-in-the-body upon which the life-forces depend, thereby strengthening the malevolent anti-life forces of defense and driving the soul out of the body and into the “spirit-world.” Learning how these oppressive forces operate in the personality helps us to become more effective in our work with trauma survivors.
As a result of attending this workshop:
Participants will learn to recognize a dissociative system of defense in their patients’ narrative productions and in dreams
Participants will learn techniques for working with affect in the moment and in the body
Participants will become acquainted with the operation of tyrannical, persecutory defenses as they operate to cut the patient off from moments of contact in the transference
Michael Meade Touching the Soul of the World: A Mythological and Soulful View of Chaotic Times
We live in a time of seemingly impossible tasks, amidst radical climate changes, the expansion of human tragedy and the growth of collective fear and anxiety. The modern world also suffers from a loss of soulful connections and a lack of the cohering narratives needed to orient life. Yet, something deep in the soul of humanity responds to the rattling and roaring of the world. In mythic terms, transformation is the secret aim of all the conflicts and tensions encountered in the world around us. The individual soul is unique and original; it is the radical root of change and the irrational factor that can alter the course of history and reconnect us to the ground of ongoing creation. Regardless of age or gender, despite current condition or past actions, each person carries an innate connection to the accumulated treasure of the human soul. This inner inheritance includes both surprising capacities for creation and deep instincts for survival. Secretly, each soul is connected to the Soul of the World and the alchemy of the awakening soul becomes the source of meaningful change as well as the root of remedies for what ails both culture and nature.
Donald Kalsched The Core Complex of a Traumatized Psyche
In the past 45 years of Jungian analytic practice, in two major books and many related papers, Dr. Kalsched has discovered and elaborated what he sees as a universal archetypal “complex” or “system” that shows the Spiritual “forces” that are liberated in the unconscious and recruited to form a sophisticated system of defenses following the catastrophic wound of early trauma. This model, described as the Self-Care-System, holds open the possibility of a new way of thinking about the symbolic processes in trauma, a new way of understanding other contemporary dissociative models of the mind, and a new way of envisioning the unique contribution of Jungian Depth Psychology to modern clinical practice.
SATURDAY EVENING PERFORMANCE
Selections from SHELTER, a movement-based theater piece
In the wake of reports on deportations of Central American asylum seekers, Shelter channels the voices of the people behind the news. Presented by CalArts Center for New Performance this new work of theater illuminates the lives of unaccompanied children who have made the hazardous journey to the U.S. and now must navigate the shelter and deportation systems. A project of Duende CalArts, Shelter “goes after the heart of displacement by delving into the human crisis of immigration,” said American Theatre magazine.
Written and conceived by writer, performer and CalArts faculty member Marissa Chibas, Shelter is directed by celebrated Mexico City-based director Martin Acosta and choreographed by CalArts alumnus Fernando Belo. LA Weekly praised the production for “the compelling power of Chibas’ oddly hopeful tale and the tautly riveting invention of Acosta’s dynamic movement-based staging.”
Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. His hypnotic and fiery storytelling, street savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths are highly relevant to current culture. He is the author of many books including Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of the Soul and The World Behind the World. Meade is founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to education and cultural healing. For more information, visit www.mosaicvoices.org.
Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., is a Jungian psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. He is a senior faculty member and supervisor with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and teaches and leads workshops nationally and internationally. His celebrated book, The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit, explores the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and Jungian theory as it relates to clinical work with survivors of early childhood trauma. His recent book, Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption, explores the mystical dimensions of clinical work with trauma-survivors.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. For more than 35 years he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology and the pursuit of his own research. His areas of emphasis include depth psychology, dream research, the psyche/soma connection in dreamwork, and imaginal and archetypal psychology. A major focus of Dr. Aizenstat’s original research is a psychodynamic process of “tending the living image,” particularly in the context of dreamwork. He extends this work in ways that engage the healing forces of dreams through imaginal “medicines.” Aizenstat’s book, Dream Tending, includes sections on dreamwork and addictions and the craft of transmuting dream images into medicines that can be adjunctive in physical healing. His other recent publications include: Imagination & Medicine: The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience, “Dream Tending and Tending the World,” in Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, and “Soul-Centered Education: An Interview with Stephen Aizenstat” in Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning. Dr. Aizenstat has collaborated with many masters in the field, including Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, and James Hillman; as well as native elders worldwide. For more information on Dream Tending, visit www.dreamtending.com.
Joseph Bobrow, Roshi, Ph.D., is the author of three books, Waking Up From War: A Better Way Home For Veterans And Nations (foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama), Zen And Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation (comments by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh), and After Midnight: Poems of Love and Death(Fisher King Press, January, 2017). He also co-translated Thich Nhat Hanh’s Guide To Walking Meditation. Joseph is a Zen master and Roshi of Deep Streams Zen Institute in Santa Barbara, which offers Zen Buddhist practice, interdisciplinary education, and peace-building programs that implement new integrative models of transforming suffering. For ten years, Coming Home Project, a community service of Deep Streams Zen Institute, helped thousands of post-9/11 service members, veterans, families, and caregivers transform the unseen injuries of war. A retired psychoanalyst, Joseph now serves on the faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute and teaches locally and around the world.
Edward S. Casey, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor in Pacifica’s Depth Psychology Program with Specialization in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology. He is the author of ten books, among them Spirit and Soul: Essays in Philosophical Psychology; Imagining: A Phenomenological Study; Remembering: A Phenomenological Study; Getting Back into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World; and The Fate of Place; and the forthcoming The World on Edge. At Pacifica, he teaches courses in “Nature and Psyche: Toward a Depth Ecopsychology,” “Phenomenological Psychology,” and “Frontiers in Depth Psychology.”
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D., is department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches ecopsychology. He is Executive Editor of the Journal of Holistic Psychology and the author of several books, including those of the Animate California Trilogy and Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place, editor of Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. Craig graduated from Pacifica’s Depth Psychology Program in 2003. For more information, visit www.chalquist.com.
Marissa Chibas, Her solo show Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary has toured the U.S., Europe, and Mexico, published by Routeldge Press, Contemporary Plays by Women of Color, second edition. Marissa has acted in over 50 productions and over two-dozen premieres, including the world premiere of Two Sisters and a Piano by Nilo Cruz. Her silent film/performance piece, Clara’s Los Angeles, was presented at REDCAT’s NOW festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Marissa is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she heads the initiative Duende Calarts that collaborates with innovative Latinx and Latin American artists to make adventurous theater work. For Duende she wrote Shelter, which premiered in April 2016 at Lincoln Park and was presented at the Kennedy Center. Shelter was published this year by NoPassport Press. Last Decemebr she wrote and performed in The Second Woman at Bootleg Theater in LA. Marissa will be exhibiting a video installation and performance piece, Nostalgia, in LA and La Habana in Spring 2017, a collaboration with Cuba based artist Aissa Santiso. She is a recipient of the TCG Fox Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement.
Nuria Ciofalo, Ph.D., is Co-Chair of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization. Born in Mexico, she gained her B.A. and first M.A. in Germany where she specialized in psychoanalytic theories, particularly Jung and Adler, and, her latter M.A. and Ph.D. in a community focused psychology program at University of Hawaii. From 1982-1987, she was a professor of psychology and chair of the Psychology Department for five years at University of Xochicalco (Mexico), for two summers in an M.A. psychology summer program at University of Las Americas. Since her doctorate in 1996, she has worked in wide variety of research situations in the U.S. and Mexico, training others to do research and managing and evaluating large-scale research projects. She has been a Senior Evaluation Analyst at The California Endowment. Recent publications include: Cultural-religious empowerment, popular power, and contra power: A demand for Indigenous Rights (2014). Revista de Psicologia Social Comunitaria 3 (2), and Heroes and martyrs against alienation: Growing up as puer and puella in post-modern society (2013). Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice.
Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D., specializes in Social Transformation of individuals and communities through communications, programming and social change. Her work speaks to youth in particular, providing innovative change methods to enhance their future. Dr. Gordon has served as Executive Director of youth organizations, CoachArt & A Place Called Home advocating education, arts, athletics and health & well being for underserved youth from chronic illness and autism to at-risk and environmental issues. She is currently Board Chair at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Susan James, Ph.D., is co-Chair of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization and a community psychologist and digital media producer. Dr. James’ work focuses on understanding cultural ecologies and disseminating social science research findings using visual design solutions and film, a practice she pioneered over a decade ago. James established innovative action research agendas and directed large-scale projects while holding senior positions at New York University, University of Chicago, and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. Her own research focuses on structural violence as a determinant of well-being, and is published in American Journal of Community Psychology and Violence Against Women. She created Research Imaging Productions, a research and design consultancy that conducts social research and produces digital communications products for the nonprofit sector. She earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. James has been a guest member of the psychology faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, and a faculty member in the department of Africology at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Rae Johnson, Ph.D., RSW, RSMT, is the chair of the Somatic Studies specialization in the Depth Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the developer of Elemental Movement™ and the author of a book by the same name. Working at the intersection of somatic studies and social justice, her scholarship focuses on the embodied experience of oppression, somatic approaches to research, and arts-based cross-cultural somatic literacy.
Romeo Keyes grew up in the inner cities of Las Vegas and South Los Angeles. Now nineteen, he spent most of his early years in the foster care system or homeless. He believes that his deep interest in mythology, developed at a young age, probably saved him. Romeo’s first published article, “Urban Romulus: How The Myths Have Shaped My Life,” appeared in the first issue of the journal “Immanence” (Fall 2016).
David Ragland, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Co-director for the Truth Telling Project of Ferguson and a Visiting Professor at United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He researches and thinks about the moral dimensions of violence and trauma against vulnerable populations in the U.S., as well as envisioning a world with reduced violence on all levels. As an activist, educator and scholar, his recent and past work is the ground level- in his home community near Ferguson, MO. David’s analysis is drawn from the radical teaching and scholarship of MLK, particularly in his description of the Triple evils of Militarism, Racism and Materials, as an ever present part of American life- calling us to a shift in values Dr. Ragland focuses specifically on how our society conceives justice as retributive and proposes a shift toward restorative justice to transform communities and criminal justice system and take the America’s turbulent history and lives experiences into account for policies at all levels.
Susan Rowland, Ph.D., is Chair of the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and teaches in the Depth Psychology Program with Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. She is author of a number of books on literary theory, gender and C.G. Jung including Jung as a Writer;Jung: A Feminist Revision; C.G. Jung in the Humanities; The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Evolutionary Complexity and Jung; and The Sleuth and the Goddess in Women’s Detective Fiction. She will be presenting from her forthcoming book, Remembering Dionysus: Revisioning Psychology and Literature in C.G. Jung and James Hillman.
Michael P. Sipiora, Ph.D., is a professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he is Director of Research. The author of numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters, areas of Dr. Sipiora’s teaching and publication include existential-phenomenological psychology and philosophy, and archetypal psychology. He earned a Bachelors and Masters in Philosophy at San Jose State University. His Masters and Doctorial studies in psychology with a concentration in literature were carried out at the University of Dallas. He is a licensed psychologist who has practiced in both private and community mental health settings.
Doug Thomas, Ph.D., has a private Jungian based psychotherapy practice in Pasadena and he teaches as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He has presented workshops and talks throughout the state of California on LGBTQ issues and on dream therapy, his two areas of specialization. Dr. Thomas holds a masters degree from the USC School of Social Work, and a PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Over the past decade he has studied and refined Steven Aizenstat’s method of Dream Tending through ongoing training and collaboration with its creator in workshops, seminars, and retreats. For more information, visit Dr. Thomas’ website at drdouglasthomas.com.
Mary Watkins, Ph.D., is chair of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program, a founding faculty of its Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization, and Coordinator of Community and Ecological Fieldwork and at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. She is the author of Waking Dreams, Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues, co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation, Talking with Young Children About Adoption, Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border, and a co-editor of “Psychology and the Promotion of Peace” (Journal of Social Issues, 44, 2). She has written essays on the confluence of liberation psychology and depth psychology. She works at the interfaces between Euro-American depth psychologies and psychologies of liberation from Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has worked as a clinical psychologist with adults, children and families, and with small and large groups around issues of peace, envisioning the future, diversity, vocation, immigration and social justice.
Oksana Yakushko, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Clinical Psychology Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her work has focused on xenophobia and oppression of immigrants; human trafficking and human slavery; feminism; indigenous healing practices; psychoanalytic and Jungian theories related to social justice; and importance of humanistic and human science oriented scholarship in psychology. As a Ukrainian immigrant and survivor of a multiple generations long history of Soviet political persecutions (which involved concentration camps, deportations, forced starvation, and other forms of abuse directed at her ancestors and her family), she is interested in ways that individual and collective trauma is lived, experienced, understood, and compassionately held.
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Kalsched Pre-Conference Workshop Only
This program meets qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #67021) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and 5 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014).
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