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Collective Healing: A New Analytical Perspective Lecture & Workshop - Eberhard Riedel, PhD, DCSW

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Collective Healing: A New Analytical Perspective Lecture & Workshop - Eberhard Riedel, PhD, DCSW

Friday, October 12, 2018 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00am to 4:00pm
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Room 202
Seattle, WA
Sponsored by: 
C. G. Jung Society, Seattle

Below is the description for both programs.  Attendees may attend both or one only.  

Friday evening lecture: In 1946, after the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, C.G. Jung noted, “Individuation does not shut one out from the world, but gathers the world to oneself” (CW 8, § 432), in essence expressing his sense that we share the world with all living beings and that collective trauma asks for collective healing.

Indeed, at all times, we stand with one foot in a personal and the other in a collective-cultural realm––and social healing asks that we hold in purview both realms. Dr. Riedel will present personal experiences, clinical vignettes, and mythopoetic amplifications to shine light on the power of deeply ingrained individual and sociocultural memory patterns that propagate among others, cycles of collective violence and trauma. In his view collective healing involves an ongoing struggle for humanization through communion with the witnessing other in our communities and us.

Learning Objectives for Friday Lecture: (2 CEUs)

  1. Participants will understand the difference between personal and social feeling-toned complexes and the phenomenon of emotional resonance
  2. Participants will learn about an analytical perspective of healing that raises awareness about how individuals and groups relate to inherited sociocultural constructs.   

Saturday workshop: In 1916, C.G. Jung observed that the individual is a social being and the human mind is a collective one (CW 7, § 455). In this workshop we will explore emotional energies that emerge synergistically between and among those realms. Dr. Riedel will share a simple roadmap to help us explore how such emotional resonances shape not only our personal lives and relationships but also the political and economic wellbeing of entire nations.

Using examples from his clinical practice and fieldwork in Africa, as well as examples volunteered by workshop participants, Dr. Riedel will guide our discussion of how a human ecosystems perspective of analytical psychology can help us navigate some of the thorniest issues of trans-cultural, trans-racial, and trans-gender psychotherapy. He views therapy as a metabolic process involving the entire human ecosystem.

Learning Objectives for Saturday Workshop: (5 CEUs)

  1. Participants will learn to differentiate between personal and sociocultural complexes and pay attention to how emotional resonance affects personal and group behaviors. 
  2. Participants will gain insight into how our respective cultural traditions are also a major source of our sociocultural difficulties. 
  3. Participants will gain understanding that the goal of psychosocial analytical treatment is breaking open the collectivity of suffering by which individuals are connected through emotional resonancewith the social emotions of their group, past and present.  

Speaker biography:  Eberhard Riedel, PhD, DCSW, is a Jungian analyst, clinical social worker, photographer, and teacher living in Seattle. He has published four journal articles detailing his work with survivors of individual and collective trauma based on consulting room practice and fieldwork in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He developed the purposeful action paradigm and human ecosystems approach. Prior to becoming a Jungian Analyst, he was Professor of Physics at the University of Washington investigating collective phenomena in condensed matter physics.

Contact Person: 
Shirley McNeil
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