“Embodied Wisdom: Jung, Neuroscience and Authentic Movement—Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives.”

March 14, 2008

Dates: Friday Evening, March 14, 2008 Public Program; $35 Saturday, March 15, 2008 Professional Program; $125

CEUs: Friday Evening: 1.5
Saturday: 6.75

CEU Fees: If registering for both Friday night and Saturday there is one-time $15 CE fee; for separate registration, a $15 fee applies for Friday night and another for Saturday.

Time: Friday Evening 7:30-9:00 PM, Margaret Wilkinson. Saturday 9:30-5:30 PM, with lunch on your own. Faculty

Location: Friday lecture: SF Jung Institute, 2040 Gough Street, San Francisco, 94109. Saturday Workshop: Osaka Room, Kabuki Hotel, 1625 Post Street, San Francisco, 94115.

Registration: Please contact Baruch Gould, Director of Extended Education Programs, at: 415) 771-8080 or [email protected]

“The unrelated human being lacks wholeness for he can achieve wholeness only through the soul, and the soul cannot exist without its other side, which is always found in a ‘You.’ Wholeness is a combination of I and You, and these show themselves to be parts of a transcendent unity whose nature can only be grasped symbolically.”

Jung 1946, “Psychology of the Transference,” CW 16, par 454

In the beginning, there was not the word; rather there was a union of body and psyche, expressed through symbolic action. From the gesture and sound language of our early ancestors, to the rhythmic actions and interactions of infancy, the living body—the body as experience—is the foundation for subsequent development of relationship, imagination and intellect.

Contemporary developmental psychodynamic theory posits that insight alone seldom produces lasting psychological change. Moreover, analytical, developmental and somatic psychology, along with dance therapy and neuroscience, remind us of the primacy of body, affect, relationship, and relatedness for genuine individuation and wholeness—one expression of “embodied wisdom.” Yet how can a “talking cure” address bodily experience, and unconscious affect and memory, what is still unknown to both patient and analyst?

Addressing this question, Margaret Wilkinson and Dyane Sherwood will present recent findings in neurobiology, that illuminate why verbal awareness does not necessarily transform our emotional reactions. They will address the clinical significance of transforming unconscious affect, memory, image and bodily experience into meaningful narrative. They will facilitate our understanding and treatment of this process, and other phenomena, in analysis, and help translate the relevancy of core neuroscience findings for clinical work.

Joan Chodorow and Tina Stromsted will invite us to explore the nonverbal underpinnings of psychotherapy through direct experience of felt bodily sensations, emotions and physical action. They will introduce authentic movement, a valuable form of active imagination in analysis involving a mover, a witness and the dynamics of their relationship. Using embodied methods such as attending to moment-to-moment experiences of synchrony, mirroring, multi-sensory attunement and compensatory affective response, they will build on neuroscientific findings presented by Margaret Wilkinson and Dyane Sherwood, toward further integration.

To synthesize these presentations with clinical practice, case material, presented by Helen Marlo, will focus on one woman’s intrapersonal and interpersonal changes, as revealed through her evolving narrative in psychotherapy, and as expressed through transformations in her connections to body, relationship, affect, image, and memory, particularly in its manifestations within the therapeutic relationship.

Through lecture, discussion, movement experience, case presentation, and more, this workshop will approach and explore the multi-sensory, affective, interactive and intrapsychic nature of the brain/mind/body. We will give special attention to the clinical relevance of the living body as the primary source of experience, expression, communication and transformation, and the perspective of recent neurobiological findings on the transformation of bodily experience into consciously apprehended images and words.


Margaret Wilkinson, BA Hons, DipEd/SAP, is a Jungian analyst and an assistant editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Her book ‘Coming into Mind. The Mind-Brain Relationship: A Jungian Clinical Perspective’ was published by Routledge in January 2006. She has a special interest in the application of insights from contemporary neuroscience to analytic work with those who have experienced early relational trauma. She is in private practice in North Derbyshire, England. Her email address is [email protected]

Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., is an analyst and faculty member of the C.G.Jung Institute of San Francisco. She is a registered dance therapist and one of the former presidents of the American Dance Therapy Association. Publications include Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology: The Moving Imagination; Jung on Active Imagination; and the forthcoming Active Imagination: Healing from Within. She lectures and teaches internationally and her writings are available in many languages.

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., past co-founder and faculty of the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley, teaches in the Somatic Psychology doctoral program at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, the Marion Woodman Foundation and other universities and healing centers internationally. With three decades of clinical experience, she is the author of numerous book chapters and articles in professional journals and an advanced Candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Her private practice is in San Francisco.

Dyane Sherwood, Ph.D., is an Analyst Member and on the Teaching Faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and she is Editor of Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche. She has a private practice in Woodside California, where she works with both adults and children. She studied Neuroscience at MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, and her research articles were published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, Brain Research, and Journal of Experimental Biology (Cambridge)

Helen Marlo, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Burlingame, CA, where she works with adults and children. She is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program at Notre Dame de Namur University where she teaches clinical depth psychology courses. She is a candidate in analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.