Soul and Spirit in Depth Psychotherapy: A Study Group

Soul and Spirit in Depth Psychotherapy: A Study Group

Soul and Spirit in Depth Psychotherapy: A Study Group

Presented By: Bryan Wittine, PhD, LMFT | October 13 & 27, November 10 & 17, December 8 & 15, 2017 | 10 am – 12 pm

Location: CIP, 1330 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 201, San Rafael, CA 94901

Cost: $220 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $240 after

CIP Member Rate: $150 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $170 after

CEs: 12 CEs for MFTs & LCSWs and 12 CEs for Psychologists

Bryan Wittine Bio: 

Bryan Wittine, PhD, LMFT is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Marin County.  He was cofounder and founding chair of the graduate program in transpersonal counseling psychology at John F. Kennedy University, currently in Berkeley and Pleasant Hill.  He also served on the adjunct faculty at CIIS, ITP, and other graduate schools.  Having trained in existential-humanistic psychotherapy and self-psychology, his long-standing practice of contemplative spirituality and studies in depth psychology brought him to train at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco where he regularly teaches on psychoanalysis and spirituality.

Course Description:

“Is there even one soul, however materialistic, that does not want to unfold? There cannot be. It is in the unfoldment of the soul that the purpose of life is fulfilled.”

--Hazrat Inayat Khan

In his Red Book, C. G. Jung tells us two “spirits” fueled his personal and professional life. The first of these he called the spirit of this time. This fueled his adaptation to the personal and professional realities of his era (e.g., science, worldly achievement, personal relationship). When he turned 40, however, a spirit of the depths made itself known. He awoke to the inner life of the soul: the imaginal world of dreams, myths, visions, archetypal powers, and spiritual realities. This spirit is the motive power behind what Jung later called the “individuation drive,” where our lives are dedicated to realizing who and what we are.

The spirit of this time has fueled extraordinary achievements in attachment theory, neuroscience, and cognitive therapy, to name but a few. By contrast, the presenter of this course will focus on Jung’s spirit of the depths and the rich, inner life of the soul. He will highlight the clinical relevance of Jung’s archetypal theory, model of the psyche, thoughts on regression and transference, and ways of working with patients by listening to the soul through dreams, active imagination, and inner inquiry. The presenter will also integrate the work of transpersonal psychologists on the nature of soul and spirit. Throughout the course the presenter will encourage students to present their clinical cases for discussion by the group.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to: 

  1. Compare different meanings of soul as found in religious traditions, cultures, Jungian and transpersonal psychology.
  2. Articulate what Jung means by the spirit of this time and the spirit of the depths and the developmental implications of these concepts.
  3. Analyze and discuss the “trinity of ego, Soul, and Spirit.”
  4. Articulate Jung’s “ego/Self axis,” a central aspect of analytical psychology.
  5. Understand the meaning and importance of the Christian idea of incarnation as a central archetypal symbol facet in what it means to experience the soul’s unfolding. 
  6. Recognize archetypal symbols of the soul in dreams and articulate their meaning.
  7. Apply the Jungian model of the psyche to clinical cases.
  8. Understand Jung’s ideas concerning the challenges of the first and second halves of life and how they are applicable in today’s world.
  9. List and apply to clinical work the core Jungian archetypes of ego, persona, shadow, anima/animus, and the Self.
  10. List the characteristics and qualities of the Jungian archetypal Self and differentiate it from the transpersonal Self. 
  11. Summarize the basic theory of the archetype of the divine child and its relationship to the Soul.
  12. Demonstrate understanding of the mystery of the incarnation in Jung’s mode of inner work. 
  13. Demonstrate understanding of Jung’s transcendent function, a central facet in his psychology.
  14. Demonstrate understanding of Jungian thinking on defenses against spirituality and spirituality as a defense. 
  15. Discuss Jung and nonduality along with the unitive life in the mystic’s journey.
  16. Compare dual and nondual perspectives on spirituality and their implications in clinical work.
  17. Archetypal patterns of mystical experience.

 

Course Schedule/Outline: 

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm INTRODUCTION: In his introduction to the seminar the instructor will explain and discuss the spirit of this time and the spirit of the depths along with the “trinity of ego, Soul, and Spirit.”  Participants will also be invited to introduce themselves and to share their purpose for joining the class. They will be invited to say whatever they would like concerning their own clinical work and relationship to the soul. 

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm THE CORE JUNGIAN ARCHETYPES: The focus this morning will be on the core Jungian archetypes of ego, persona, shadow, anima/animus, and the Self. We will list the characteristics and qualities of these archetypes, focusing on the Jungian archetypal Self and its presence in the background of all clinical work. We will highlight the archetype of the “divine child,” or the “infant within,” as a symbol of our most precious longings and desires and our most primitive anxieties and fears. 

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm DREAMS AND THE INNER LIFE. This morning we will enter the world of the soul in far greater depth by focusing on dreams and what they tell us about the analytic relationship between therapist and client, active imagination, guided imagery, meditation, and contemplation. 

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm INDIVIDUATION: THE UNFOLDING OF THE SOUL IN PSYCHOTHERAPY. This morning we will focus on the concept of incarnation and the use of active imagination, guided imagery, meditation and contemplative prayer as approaches by which we can learn what the soul is seeking for its unfolding.  

Friday, December 8, 2017 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm SPIRITUALITY AS A DEFENSE, AND DEFENSES AGAINST SPIRITUALITY: The focus this morning will be on the crises and conflicts of spiritual awakening and their treatment in depth psychotherapy.  

Friday, December 15, 2017 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Summary, Conclusion, and The Transcendent Function.

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