The Body/Psyche/Soul split often results from early wounding experiences such as abuse, neglect, or a lack of cherishing and witnessing, where one loses a sense of well-being in the body/psyche. Many traditional verbal and cognitive therapies prioritize mental insight over embodied experience. Yet, as contemporary neuroscience shows us, healing trauma involves more than verbalization: deeper integration requires the body.
Conscious embodiment is one method of healing the body/psyche/soul split, as one learns to listen to, value, and work with bodily sensations, emotions, and images through dreams and Jung’s active imagination method. By utilizing embodied wisdom, one increases access to feeling, aliveness, memory, and imagination, and gains a sense of agency in the world.
C.G. Jung believed that psyche and body are one. Marion Woodman, with Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner, developed BodySoul Rhythms® from their common belief in our body’s wisdom and their many years of exploring the relationship between psyche and soma. In this talk I will discuss their pioneering contributions to the field, conscious embodiment in clinical practice, and how neuroscience supports a body-oriented approach to healing trauma.
Through lecture, embodied experience, and discussion, participants will have an opportunity to experience the process of “coming home to the body”.
The University of Western Ontario Department of Psychiatry sponsors this seminar that will celebrate the work of the Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche-Soma and related areas of progress. This conference will focus on the affective neurosciences, progress made in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and link body and mind research from molecular biology and neuroimaging to clinical interventions in several psychiatric disorders.
Paul Frewen, PhD, C. Psych
Colonel Rakesh Jetly, OMM, CD, MD, FRCPC
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
Margaret McKinnon, PhD, C. Psych
Allan Schore, PhD
Tina Stromsted, PhD, MFT, BC-DMT
Ed Tick, PhD
Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Margaret Wilkinson, BA, SAP
*Early Bird registration ends February 28, 2017.
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