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Friday, September 8, 7:30 pm

The Study of Consciousness and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Presenter: Suzette Doescher, MA, LCSW

Identifying various states of consciousness has been an ongoing investigation by psychologists since the 1700’s research into “animal magnetism,” the 1800’s into hysteria, the 1900’s into hypnosis, and the 2000’s into the variety of dissociative experiences. The study of states of consciousness is still a new and complex area of individual differences and abilities, some healthy and some unhealthy, but all apparently geared toward survival. While psychologists research and philosophers explore, psychotherapists must deal with the day-to-day questions presented by patients experiencing dissociation. The presenter will describe her experience working with people with multiple personalities, followed by a panel discussion on the subject and Jung’s theory of complexes.

Suzette Doescher is a graduate of Tulane University with an MA in Social Work. She is in private practice in Texas with over 20 years experience treating trauma and stress in hospitals and clinics. She is certified as a clinical hypnotherapist by the American Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists, by the Assisi Institute for Archetypal Patterning, and is trained in EMDR.

$15, students $10, members free, $10 additional for CEUs

Tuesday, October 3, 7:30 pm

Evolution of Consciousness: Random or Meaningful?

Presenter: Ilya A. Dubovoy, MD

Do organisms evolve only through random changes or can evolution be a meaningful, goal-directed activity? For decades the dominant model, the Modern Synthesis or “Neo-Darwinian” paradigm, stripped any possibility of agency or meaning from the process of adaptation. But growing evidence from molecular biology and genetics shows that the plasticity of the genome and the capacity of individual organisms to change are remarkably regulated and purposeful. We’ll describe these findings and their correspondence to teleological models of psychological development from the works of Nietzsche, Jung, Heidegger, Teilhard de Chardin, and other thinkers.

Dr. Dubovoy attended the College of William and Mary and received his MD from Tulane University. He is currently completing his first year of neurology residency at Houston Methodist Hospital. In his spare time, he likes to explore Continental philosophy and Eastern and Western mystical traditions.

$15, students $10, members free, $10 additional for CEUs


The Eland People: Striving for Wholeness

Presenter: Lynne Radomsky, PhD

This journey takes us into a remote region of the Kalahari desert that borders Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, and into the territory of the San Bushman who can trace their origins back almost 200,000 years to the first people, and two million years to homo erectus, the first hunter-gatherers. The ritual of the Eland initiation, which is central to the healing mysteries of these people, is amplified through alchemical symbolism in relation to the stages of the coniunctio through the work of C. G. Jung. The tracking of the symbolic process of such an initiation allows for the witnessing of the autonomy and creative function of the objective psyche. This ritual can further be understood psychologically as an image of the individuation process.

Dr. Radomsky is a clinical psychologist and Zurich-trained Jungian analyst with a professional focus on private practice and post-graduate clinical training and supervision. Her direct and personal experience with various communities of indigenous healers provides a rich backdrop to and foundation for her work.

$15, students $10, members free, $10 additional for CEUs

Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 pm

The Archetype of the Father: Past and Present

Presenter: Jutta von Buchholtz, PhD

To be a father is—historically as well as today—a hugely challenging yet somehow elusive task. Whatever the need or demands in the external world, the fathers’ role in the internal one is of central importance for the child’s development. We will discuss the father in his terrifying, devouring, heart breaking, absentee, cruelly abusive, and wise mentor incarnations, using examples from past and present, drawing on literature, the arts, myths, fairy tales, and psychological writings.

Dr. von Buchholtz, a native of Germany, has lived in the US far longer than in Germany. She has a PhD in Medieval Literature and is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst. She sees clients in Birmingham, Alabama, gives lectures and workshops in the US and abroad, and is core faculty for the Interregional Society of Jungian Training Seminars in New Orleans and Memphis/Atlanta.

$15, students $10, members free, $10 additional for CEUs

Friday, January 12, 7:30 pm

Nature, The Nature Archetype, and the Psychology of C. G. Jung

Presenter: Stephen Foster, PhD, LPC

Jung said that the greatest threat to earth is humanity; that was in the context of the atomic bomb, but it applies to our current relationship to nature as well. With Dr. Foster we will examine the Archetype of Nature in its bipolar qualities of light and shadow. Alchemists, attempting to liberate spirit from matter, developed the concept of Anima Mundi­­—World Soul—which expanded to Ecopsychology in the image of Gaia, or earth as a living organism. The images of this archetype may contain the seeds of transformation needed in these challenging times.

Dr. Stephen Foster, in addition to holding a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Imperial College London, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Jungian psychoanalyst, a training analyst with the Boulder Seminar of the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts and a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He practices in Colorado and lectures widely on nature, alchemy and the relationship between Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauli.

$15, students $10, members free, $10 additional for CEUs


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