The Healing of Emotional Trauma from a Jungian Perspective

The Healing of Emotional Trauma from a Jungian Perspective

The Healing of Emotional Trauma from a Jungian Perspective

Presented By: Bryan Wittine, PhD, LMFT | Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 9 am – 1 pm

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

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

CIP Member Discounts: $50 early registration, $60 after 

CEs: 4 CEs for LMFTs & 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:

Trauma shatters the soul. Emotional trauma, such as ongoing emotional suffering in childhood and adolescence, impedes the unfolding of our natural capacity for relating to our true feelings, other people, and the world. The problem is compounded by our faulty attempts to protect ourselves and to put ourselves back together. To build this “self-care system” we turn away from our “soul,” our “real self,” the most sacred part of our being that constitutes our true identity and infuses us with feelings of aliveness and meaning. 

A Jungian perspective on psychotherapy for emotional trauma is based on recognizing and gradually letting go of our self-care system and turning back to the soul in all its fragility, wisdom, and beauty. It is, therefore, a broadly spiritual approach. In this course we will draw upon the research of Jungian authors such as Donald Kalsched and Ursula Wirtz, and the casework of the instructor to offer suggestions for enhancing the healing process in ourselves and our clients.

Source Material: 

Trauma theory and therapy have become central items for research in the fields of psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and neuroscience.  Affect theory, attachment theory are contributing to this field.  Contemporary Jungian analysts have also been researching and writing in this field for nearly 25 years.   In particular, Jungian psychoanalysts Donald Kalsched and more recently Ursula Wirtz have offered theory and treatment suggestions that stem from the monumental work of C. G. Jung and his successors, including work done since Jung’s death in 1961.  This work is unique because of its emphasis on the importance of spirituality and the sacred in the work of healing and psychotherapy.  Because of this the presenter’s source material also includes the work of Lionel Corbett, M.D., who has written extensively on the spiritual dimension of Jungian thought and its application in clinical work.  

This program is derived from the following works: 

Corbett, L. (1996). The Religious Function of the Psyche. New York: Routledge.

Kalsched, D. (1996). The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit.  New York: Routledge.

Kalsched, D. (2013). Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and Its Interruption. New York: Routledge.

Wirtz, U. (2014). Trauma and Beyond: The Mystery of Transformation. New Orleans: Spring Journal Books.

Wittine, B. (2013). “Soul-Child, Protector/Persecutor, Lifegiver”. Review of Donald Kalsched: Trauma and the Soul. San Francisco: Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche.

Learning Objectives:  

Upon completion of this workshop participants should be able to:

1. Define the Soul and the self-care system, as they are described in a Jungian perspective on emotional trauma and its healing.

2. Recognize the building blocks of the self-care system, including the intrapsychic presence of the “adversary” archetype in its mythic forms such as good and bad angels that both protect and persecute the soul. 

3. Discuss the difference between spirituality as a defense and defenses against spirituality as trauma responses.

4. Identify the place of the “archetypal transference” and its relationship to Kohut’s “selfobject transference” in a Jungian approach to healing emotional trauma.

Course Schedule/Outline:  

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am - 10:15 am Presenter will provide an overview of a Jungian perspective on emotional trauma and its healing through psychotherapy and the concepts of soul and self care.  The overview will include an introduction to the model of the psyche presented by Jung and Kalsched.  Quotations from the writings of Jung, Kalshed and Wirtz and clinical examples will be used to ground and illustrate the material. 

10:15 am - 11:00 am Presenter will invite questions and discussion from the participants concerning the material presented. In greater depth, the presenter will identify the distinctions between the soul and the self-care system. The focus will be especially on the symbols of these aspects of the psyche that arise through dreams, active imagination, and inner inquiry. He will also illustrate how the psyche offers guidance on the work to be done in psychotherapy through symbolic approaches. 

11:00 am - 11:15 am Break

11:15 am - 12:00 pm This part of the workshop will focus on the how to’s of implanting a Jungian approach to trauma-oriented psychotherapy.  Presenter will offer a through clinical case and will invite participants to contribute their thoughts and impressions as well as explain spirituality as part of larger defensive systems and introduce archetypal transference and contrasting its relationship to Kohut’s selfobject transference.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Presenter 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.  


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