Sat21Mar20209:30 AM - 1:30 PMSt. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon, Dayton 45419
Healing Trauma: Saturday Workshop with Donald Kalsched, Ph.D
According to C. G. Jung, the human personality contains a ‘divine spark’ or ‘indwelling spirit’ that slowly evolves in the course of a person’s development through a process he described as ‘individuation’—becoming the individual you were intended to be. However when trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, a split occurs in which the vital core of the self retreats into the unconscious where it continues to live in ‘suspended animation’ under a spell cast by the ‘great powers’ of the psyche’s survival system (described by Dr. Kalsched as a ‘Self-Care System’). In this workshop, Dr. Kalsched will describe this dissociative ‘system’ with its powerful archetypal images, as it appears in dreams, inner visions, fairy tales and mythology. He will show how the dissociative ‘system’ is the psyche’s response to the way trauma injures the capacity to feel, and how the ‘system’ functions dynamically to regulate the amount of affect that is allowed to become conscious in the ego. Recent findings in the area of affective neuroscience, attachment-theory, and infant observation will amplify these understandings.