1/22/10-We will start the new year off by watching a video called "Remembering Jung". This is an interview with Marie Louise Von-Franz. This is the second video in a series of 3. We viewed part 1 previously. A discussion will follow.

2/5/10-We will finish watching Part 3 "Remembering Jung" with Marie Louise Von-Franz. Discussion to follow.

2/19/10-We will watch a video about Helen Luke called "A Sense of the Sacred". Helen Luke met Carl Jung when she was a young woman and it changed her life. Her journey is a story about a persons individuation and a deepening of a life. She started the Apple Farm in Wisconsin, a community dedicated to the path of individuation. Thomas Moore provides the introduction.

3/19/10-Tim Swisher, MHR, LMHP, LADC, Certified Analytic Psychotherapist will present Part 1 on an Introduction to Synchronicity. Carl Jung coined this phrase to explain a phenomenon of acausal events which seemed to happen in the course of analysis. In this first part we will begin to understand Jung's thinking on this subject and how synchronicity can help us experience the point where matter and spirit meet. Plan on bringing stories of your own synchronistic events.

4/2/10-Tim Swisher, MHR, LMHP, LADC, Certified Analytic Psychotherapist will present Part 2 on Synchronicity. During this presentation we will discuss Chaos Theory and the Emergent aspect of synchronicity as it is being studied currently.

4/16/10-Steve Skulsky, PhD. will present on Alchemy and its use in psychotherapy (title will be forth coming). Steve has presented workshops on analytic psychology and along with the IPI Supervision Group brought Donald Kalsched to Omaha. Steve has a vast knowledge psychodynamic psychotherapy and is informed by the British School of psychoanalytic theory which combines Jung's Analytic Psychology and Object Relations.

4/30/10-Tim Swisher, MHR, LMHP, LADC, Certified Analytic (Jungian) Psychotherapist will present on the Red Book by Carl Jung. Carl Jung’s Red Book In his late 30s, Jung started writing a book called The Red Book. The Red Book is part journal, part mythological novel that takes the reader through Jung’s fantasies — hallucinations he self-induced to try and get to the core of his unconscious. And as a theorist, he wanted to document his 16-year journey, so he wrote down everything he experience, saw and felt:

Jung recorded it all. First taking notes in a series of small, black journals, he then expounded upon and analyzed his fantasies, writing in a regal, prophetic tone in the big red-leather book. The book detailed an unabashedly psychedelic voyage through his own mind, a vaguely Homeric progression of encounters with strange people taking place in a curious, shifting dreamscape. Writing in German, he filled 205 oversize pages with elaborate calligraphy and with richly hued, staggeringly detailed paintings.

For decades, The Red Book has been wrapped in mystery, because it has never been published. It was thought that only one copy of the book existed — locked in a Swiss safe deposit box by the heirs to C. G. Jung’s estate. (Courtesy of World of Psychology)Certified

5/14/10-Jan Lingren, MS, LMHP, Dreams and the Departed. Jan in a psychotherapist from Lincoln, NE who has been studying Jungian psychology for many years. She is especially interested in dream work.

5/28/10-Tim Pedigo, PhD. Certified Analytic(Jungian) Psychotherapist from Chicago, will present a videoconference on "Attachment, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy". In this workshop we will explore three ways in which mindfulness practice facilitates Depth Psychotherapeutic work:
1. Mindfulness practice as strengthening ego awareness and acceptance: the spread of new mindfulness based psychotherapies
2. Mindfulness as ego surrender: The Psychodynamic Approach of Mark Epstein (Going to Pieces without Falling Apart)
3. Tibetan Buddhism and ego engagement with the Self:
-The Buddha Nature and the Self
-The Groundless Ground/Always open to what arises
-Mandala work, deities, and complexes.

The cost is $50.00 for non-members and $30.00 for members. 2 CEU will be offered for LMHP. Please call 402-390-6044 ext 4.

6/11/10-We will watch a video with James Hillman, PhD, Jungian Analyst on Active Imagination. This will be a two part presentation. In this video which was recorded at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Hillman discusses in detail Jung's Red Book and how Active Imagination was developed during Jung's confrontation with his own personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. This is a very in-depth study of the Red Book by someone who really seems to appreciate the tremendous struggle Jung must have had in staying the course and then being able to paint, draw and write about it. Four Stars!

6/25/10-We will finish viewing Active Imagination with James Hillman.

7/9/10-Tim Swisher, MHR, LMHP, LADC Analytic (Jungian) Psychotherapist will present on “Making a Case for the Unconscious Part 1.” In the field of psychotherapy we can take the idea of the Unconscious for granted or think of it as some nebulous,fuzzy place somewhere inside of us. Something we think we can sense and know in some way. But as Jung so eloquently said-The unconscious is really unconscious.In this presentation we will discuss the origins/history and the discovery of the unconscious. Readings will be forth coming.

7/23/10-"Making a Case for the Unconscious Part 2".

8/6/10-Mary K. Stillwell, PhD,
The Boxcar Children: An Archetypal Quest toward Wholeness. Mary K. Stillwell is currently completing a book on the life and poetry of Ted Kooser. Stillwell, who holds her Ph.D. in Plains Literature from UNL, teaches composition and poetry writing at the University of Nebraska. She has also taught grades 4-12 in the Artists in the Schools program. Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked as a children's librarian.

Video with Marion Woodman, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst-"Blossoms Bloom in the Fire". In this Pacifica Graduate talk Marion Woodman uses the analogy of Fire to symbolize the transformative power of suffering as she talks about her life and shares her journey with us. Readings for this presentation can be found on the "New Readings" page. A discussion led by Tim Swisher, MHr, LMHP, LADC, Analytic Psychotherapist will follow the video.

Dr. Geoff Anderson, PhD, "Getting a sense of what's going on:  Monitoring the Transference in Psychotherapy". Geoffrey Anderson is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Omaha, NE.  His practice includes individuals, families and couples.  Dr. Anderson is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine.   He is the recent recipient of the Outstanding Psychotherapy Teacher award from the residents for 2009-2010.  Dr. Anderson is also on the Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic faculties of the International Psychotherapy Institute in Chevy Chase, MD.  He was appointed as Co-Director and Director Elect of IPI this spring.

Rod O'connor-The Tao Te Ching and Jungian Thought-The "Tao Te Ching," was written 2600 years ago by an 80 year old sage named Lao Tzu. This seemingly simple and quiet book ponders what may possibly be our true nature and resultant authentic behaviors.

At 5,000 words and 81 'chapters' or short poems. Many find its lines memorable and haunting. It can be read in 30 minutes, yet millions continue to ponder it for a lifetime.

Rod will present a series of evocative and visually stimulating multi-media videos totaling about an hour, interspersed with group discussion
with the aim of observing both the parallels and differences with Jungian thought--where they may be synergy between the paradigms and where their may be dissonance.

PRESENTER - Rod O'Connor
Rod is a retired healthcare consultant, having practiced nationally with hospital chains and HMO's from 1982 to 1998.
He has undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from Univ of Nebraska and his MBA (focus on Organization Theory) from Creighton Univ. Prior to consulting, he ran the Energy Division of Scientific Resources, a Houston consulting firm. Then, in Omaha, he was Director of Human Resources for Internorth (prev Northern Natural Gas), during the latter tenure, as part of a design committee, he helped design and implement the first EAP between Chicago and Denver (1974).

10/8/10-Tim Swisher, MHR, LMHP,LADC, Certified Analytic (Jungian) Psychotherapist will present "Spirits Haunting Us-Alcohol, Drugs and the Unconscious." In this presentation Tim will discuss the connection between alcohol, drugs the unconscious mind and how this interaction effects the psyche and soul.
2 CEU for LADC.

Dr. Karen Baumstark will do a presentation on Shamanism. “Developing your Intuition through Shamanic Practice” as a title. Description: Shamanism is the most ancient of spiritual approaches, and continues to be practiced today. We will explore some basic shamanic techniques, understand how they can be used to hone and develop intuitive skills in the therapist and the client, and discuss what is really happening when one engages in shamanic practices.

Bio: Karen Baumstark, Ph.D, has been working as a mental health therapist since 1981, completed her doctorate in 1990, and has been in private practice at Kairos Psychological, P.C. since 1993. Karen’s interests include engaging in long term, deep work with clients, often utilizing a spiritual component. She has long had an interest in ancient spiritual practices ranging from the Shamanic to early Christian (Gnostic) practices and beliefs. She has been studying and practicing Shamanic techniques for over 15 years, and has sponsored Shamanic workshops in the Omaha area for several years.

LISTENING ANALYTICALLY-A videoconference with Gus Cwik, Psy.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst and Wendy Selene, LCSW, Jungian Analyst from the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago.

Cost: $100.00. We will start registering participants 10/4/10.
Time: Registration from 8-9 AM
Videoconference: Gus Cwik-9-11 AM followed by a one hour group(s) discussion.
Lunch: 12-1:30 PM-on your own.
Videoconference: Wendy Selene-1:30-3:30 PM followed by a one hour group discussion.
CEU: 6 for LMHP
Seating is limited so be sure to register early.

Gus and Wendy will be transmitting from the same computer and will join us in our group discussions and comment on each others material. Gus and Wendy are senior therapist and have both been developing new and innovative ways of dealing with some of the most nuanced and subtle forms of communication in the therapeutic relationship. Please plan on joining us for a historical videoconference and discussion.

Here's what the presenters have to say:

True empathy is not listening just to what is said, but listening just to what is below the surface waiting to be said. Two types of analytical listening will be presented for comparison and contrast to deepen participants’ ability to work with unconscious material within a session. In this manner the patient might feel not only understood but truly seen. It’s in the Imagination: August J. Cwik, Psy.D.

I view reverie as simultaneously a personal/private event and an intersubjective one… [The therapist] does not often speak with the analysand directly about his experiences, but attempts to speak to the analysand from what he is thinking and feeling. That is, he attempts to inform what he says by his awareness of and groundedness in his emotional experience with the patient. (Thomas Ogden)
The idea of countertransference has expanded beyond its original meaning of a neurotic reaction to include all reactions of the therapist: affective, bodily, and imaginal. We will review the first several plates of the Rosarium demonstrate Jung’s notion of the “third” in analytical psychotherapy. This “analytic third” is co-created by therapist and patient in depth work and becomes the object of the analysis. Associative Dreaming is defined as the mental activity going on in the mind and body of therapist used for grasping the intersubjective and interimaginal communications of countertransference reactions. Reverie and active imagination will be discussed as a way of attaining access to, and working with, the analytic third.

It’s in the Details: Wendy Selene, L.C.S.W.
In a major matter no details are small. (Paul de Gondi, a French Cardinal from the 1600s)
This quote was not originally referring to depth psychology, yet we hold transformation as a major matter, and the smallest of human interaction has the potentiality within it to transform us. This lecture and sharing of clinical case notes is about how we find the detailed moments that hold the seeds of transformation in our work with patients and also in all of our most important personal relationships. Observations and examples about how to pay attention to the moment-by-moment of spoken words, feeling states, body language, insights and intuitions can be clinically useful for therapists and also for anyone who holds human relatedness as essential to a life well lived.

August J. Cwik, Psy.D. is a Clinical Psychologist, Hypnotherapist and Jungian Analyst in private practice in the Chicago area. He is a member of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is on the teaching faculty at the Chicago institute as well as the Minnesota and Florida Interregional seminars, and is also an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He was Co-Director of Training of the Analyst Training Program and Co-Director of the Clinical Training Program in Analytical Psychotherapy at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He has published articles on the structure of analysis, alchemy, supervision, dreams, active imagination and numerous reviews.
Wendy Selene, LCSW is a Jungian Analyst and Advanced Candidate at the Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in Evanston, IL. She is a member of the Chicago Society for Jungian Analysts, The American Psychoanalytic Association and the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society. She is on the teaching faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and has lectured nationally on the subjects of Transference and Countertransference, Transformation: It's in the Details, Desire and The Nature of Love. In addition, she works in Capital Case Mitigation for Cook County, Chicago.

Frank Edler will present-James Hillman and the Role of Hermeneutical Phenomenology in Psychologizing.
Frank Edler received his Ph. D. in aesthetics from the University of Toronto. He has written numerous articles and essays in philosophy, literature, psychology, and education, notably on Heidegger, Alfred Baeumler, Willa Cather, Wright Morris, and Carl Jung. Since 1993, he has been professor of philosophy at Metropolitan Community College where he is a past president of the Education Association as well as a past president of the Central Division of the Community College Humanities Association. He resides in Lincoln, NE, with his wife, Mary K. Stillwell who is a poet and a Plains literature scholar, and with their children, Wil and Anna.

Objectives: 1) a brief review of phenomenology (what is it)? primarily in terms of Husserl and Heidegger.
2) is phenomenology necessarily a form of interpretation (hermeneutics)?
3) explore how Hillman uses both phenomenology (and hermeneutics) in his notion of psychologizing.

Mary Coady-Leeper, PhD, “Entranced with Fairy Tales.” The group will take a couple of fairy tales and look at them in depth. We will use the help of readings and lectures by Marie Louise von Franz and Patricia Berry. If time permits, participants can present their own fairy tales for discussion.

Mary Coady-Leeper, Ph.D. has practiced psychology for over 20 years and is at Kairos Psychological, P.C. She is interested in depth psychotherapy and works with all ages, individuals, couples and families. She is currently a member of the Minnesota Seminar in Jungian Studies.

Objectives for discussion:
1. Explore a fairy tale in depth to find its archetypal underpinnings.
2. Identify how the characters in the tale create and solve their problems.
3. Find real life applications in the tale for clients in the consulting room.

Christmas Party and Tim Swisher, MHR, LMHP, LADC, Analytic (Jungian) Psychotherapist will present on "How Myths Can Help Us Find Meaning when Meaningless Abounds”. At this time of year depression and anxiety spike for some of us. For others this time is full of warm feelings and remembrances of the past and a chance for deepening of relationships. No matter where we stand during this season most of us would agree it can become difficult to hold on to any deeper meaning with the onslaught and overstimulation from the material world. In this presentation Tim will explore how when we know the often obscured history and mythology behind the one dimensionality of our everyday lives we can experience a richness that can breath new life into old rituals and add new dimensions to our lives.

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