The Suffering of Ghosts: Working with Traumatic Cultural Histories that Continue to Haunt Us
March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2023
4 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom
What you will receive:
- 4 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
- 4 Links to the Recordings
The Suffering of Ghosts is a four week webinar series with Jungian analyst, Samuel L. Kimbles, Ph.D., that will explore how the cultural unconscious is organized by complexes that manifest in archetypal story formations, which Samuel calls phantom narratives. Drawing from his newly released book: Intergenerational Complexes in Analytical Psychology, this series will focus on how human suffering relates to unacknowledged traumatic cultural histories that continue to haunt us in the present.
This series will explore the many ways that our internal lives are organized and patterned by racial, ethnic, and national identities, as well as personal experiences. Samuel will lead students through to an understanding of how the emotional dynamics generated by these phantom narratives can act as holding containers that allow us to work with these issues psychologically and offer opportunities for individual and collective healing.
This course is ideal for students, clinicians, therapists or individuals who want to learn how to develop a psychological attitude toward the following:
- Group narratives and their organization by collective emotions and sociogenic fantasies and factions
- Group conflicts and polarizations as expressions of unprocessed, unacknowledged, denied historical violence.
- Addressing the construction, transmissions and preservation of these processes psychologically will be the focus of these talks.
- The recognition of historical trauma, the role of sociocultural context, sociocultural narratives, oppression, microaggressions
- Cultural complexes and their role in identity processes
Week 1: Introduction and overview to the theory of cultural complexes and phantom narratives.
Week 2: Developing an understanding of phantom narratives through understanding collective emotions and their ideological underpinning of beliefs, superstitions around cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, religious differences.
Week 3: Approaches to healing and transforming cultural complexes through understanding collective emotions and their relationship to unacknowledged historical traumas.
Week 4: Intergenerational processes, transmissions, preservation of cultural complexes and their healing-the role of social justice.
By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To:
- Identify how suffering is rooted in unrecognized traumatic cultural histories
- Analyze cultural histories that continue to haunt us today
- Differentiate three ways racial, ethnic and national identities pattern our internal worlds
- Distinquish the phantom narratives informing a cultural complex
- Formulate a process to work with the emotional dynamics to create a holding space in moving towards healing
CEC Learning Objectives:
- Identify three characteristics of phantom narratives that present in the clinical consult
- Distinguish two qualities of suffering that is rooted in unrecognized traumatic cultural histories
- Differentiate three ways racial, ethnic and national identities pattern the internal locus of control
- Design a process to work with the affect of unrecognized cultural trauma
Get the Book
March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2023
5:00 – 6:30 PM PDT
- $235 General Rate
- $185 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
- $135 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.
*Live attendance at all Zoom sessions is required for verification of CEC hours (no partial CEC Certificates are offered). Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs
About the Teacher
Samuel L. Kimbles, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Jungian analyst, member and former president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a clinical professor (VCF) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has a private practice in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, California, and works as a clinical consultant to organizations. In addition to lecturing and presenting widely, he has published several works on the cultural complex. Phantom Narratives: The Unseen Contributions of Culture to Psyche explores the themes of psyche in groups and society. This book Intergenerational Complexes in Analytical Psychology: The Suffering of Ghosts continues the processes of exploring the unconscious at the level of culture and groups
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.
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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.
March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2023
- Number of Classes: 4 Classes
- Class Length: 90 min.
- Class Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM PDT
- Total Duration: 6 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.