Soul and Spirit in Depth Psychotherapy

Soul and Spirit in Depth Psychotherapy

Soul and Spirit in Depth Psychotherapy

Presented By: Bryan Wittine, PhD, LMFT | September 30, 2017 |9 am – 1 pm

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

Cost: $75 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $85 after

CIP Member Rate: $50 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $60 after

CEs: 4 CEs for MFTs & LCSWs and 4 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:

An increasing number of psychotherapy clients are committed to a spiritual path offering realization of higher states of consciousness. They want their spirituality to be recognized as a resource in their healing. Frequently bypassed on the spiritual path, however, is the inner life of the soul, the individualized spirit. The soul sustains our bodily, mental, and emotional functions and expresses itself through dreams, myths, visions, archetypal images, and experiences of the sacred. The soul holds the full potential of our human depth and seeks expression in our everyday life. We might say spirit transcends the world, while soul incarnates in the world. Spirit and soul, however, are not separate. They are one. 

This Saturday morning class is designed for psychotherapists who wish to engage in dialogue concerning the complementarity of “soul-work” and “spirit-work” in depth psychotherapy. This workshop will also be an introduction to a seven-week study group presented by CIP on the unfolding soul and the presence of soul and spirit in depth psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives: 

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


  1. Articulate the trinity of Ego, Soul, and Spirit and its application in depth psychotherapy. This includes the nature of soul and spirit from a Jungian perspective.


  1. Define the soul as the vital, animating core of our embodied selves that links us to the divine, and demonstrates itself through highly subjective mythopoetic realities. 


  1. Discuss the meaning and importance of the idea of incarnation as an archetypal symbol expressing the purpose and meaning of the soul and its unfolding.


  1. Analyze and apply the meanings of the archetypal images of the divine child, the adversary, and the “bright angel,” and how they operate in the inner life of the soul.


  1. Discuss ways in which spirituality can be used as a defense against accessing the soul and ways in which soul-work can be a defense against spiritual development.


Course Schedule/Outline: 


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am – 10:15 am The presenter will introduce and discuss the archetypal “trinity of ego, Soul, and Spirit,” defining each, highlighting the interconnection of these three aspects of our humanness. This will include an overview of the contributions of C. G. Jung and Roberto Assagioli to a psychology of the soul. He will also differentiate the goals of soul and spirit. 

10:15 am – 11:00 am Presenter will invite questions and discussion from the participants concerning the material presented from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

11:00 am – 11:15 am Break

11:15 am -12:15 pm The presenter will present a clinical case involving the unfolding of the soul. This case will highlight spirituality as a defense against the unfolding of the soul. Techniques of symbolic visualization, active imagination, and inner dialogue will be introduced. The focus will be especially on symbols of these aspects of the psyche that arise through dreams, active imagination, and inner inquiry. The archetypal presence of the divine child, the adversary, and the bright angel will also be discussed.

12:15 pm - 1:00 pmPresenter will invite participants to discuss their own cases and will offer consultation based upon the Jungian model. Dreams and symbolic material will be invited. We will conclude with discussion, questions, and closing remarks. Time remaining will be given to discussion concerning the study group to begin a month later at CIP.

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Price $85.00