Soul’s Body: Archetypal Defenses, Affect Regulation and Healing from Trauma.

September 23, 2005 - September 25, 2005

Archetypal Defenses, Affect Regulation and Healing from Trauma.
Faculty: Marion Woodman, Donald Kalsched, Allan Schore,
Joan Chodorow, & Tina Stromsted
September 23-25, 2005
Friday Evening Lecture: 7:00-10:00pm (open to the general public)
Workshop: Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday 9:00am – 12:30pm (for licensed clinicians & Registered mental health practitioners)
Sponsored by the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
Register @ 415-771-8080 or [email protected]
Location: Fort Mason Center, Golden Gate Room(s)

“The symbols of the Self arise in the depths of the body.”
– C.G. Jung

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together contemporary research in neuroscience and attachment theory with Jungian analytic perspectives to articulate the way trauma is stored in the body and how archetypal defenses (protective responses to unbearable affect) dismember the inner world of mind/body unity. Clinical theory will be interwoven with practical ways of working with the affect-images in the “trauma body” so that the Spirit/soul can re-inhabit the “whole person body” (reincarnation).

Three major approaches to understanding trauma and its treatment will be explored: (1) Neuroscience and the clinical applications of affect regulation (Schore); (2) the innerworld of affect-images, archetypal defenses, and the inner drama of the lost and recovered soul (Kalsched); and (3) integrative Jungian and somatic psychotherapies: working holistically with the dismembered inner world, parts of which are embedded in the body, in order to house the affects, and make a place for the soul’s return through movement exploration, creative expression, and affective attunement (Woodman, Chodorow & Stromsted).

Friday evening, Marion Woodman will discuss the “Transformation of the Death Mother” with reference to dreams, and present cultural and personal attitudes. She will address the importance of bringing the unconscious death wish into consciousness as a means of moving out of an underlying psyche/soma dilemma. She asks: How can what is so deeply embedded in the cells be transformed? What is the effect of imagery on the cells of the body? Is there a lasting effect on the mental health of people who trust their own imagery? Donald Kalsched will then present case vignettes with dreams illustrating patients’ struggles with dissociated affect, its experience in the body, and how integration is reached in the course of analytic psychotherapy and creative, healing work.

Saturday and Sunday will combine experiential explorations within the larger group and smaller breakout sessions. Saturday morning, neuropsychoanalyst Allan Schore will describe the negative impact of early relational trauma on the developmental trajectory of the “emotional” right brain. He will offer a psychoneurobiological model of the intergenerational transmission of a predisposition to attachment trauma-related psychopathologies of self-regulation, and then discuss treatment. Sunday morning, Joan Chodorow will link her studies of emotions and early development to the nonverbal and preverbal aspects of analysis with particular attention to trauma. Tina Stromsted will co-facilitate the workshop sessions and the interdisciplinary dialogue of the closing panel discussion between the presenters and participants.


Marion Woodman, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, teacher and author of several books including Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride; The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation; The Ravaged Bridegroom: Masculinity in Women; Conscious Femininity and many others. Her pioneering work with eating disorders, addictions, creativity, dreams and embodied spirituality is expressed in her BodySoul Rhythms®; approach which integrates depth analytic theory with embodied experience. She lectures internationally and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Donald Kalsched, Ph.D. is on the faculty of the C .G. Jung Institute of New York, the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian analysts, the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, and the Westchester Institute for training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. An international speaker, he is the author of numerous articles and the groundbreaking book, The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit.

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.

Allan Schore, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized scientist and neuropsychoanalyst practicing in Northridge, California. He is on the clinical faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Author of numerous articles and several books, including Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self and Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self, his seminal research has made contributions in the areas of neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, developmental psychology, and psychoanalysis with a particular focus on the emotions, attachment and trauma.

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., ADTR, is a Jungian psychotherapist and registered dance therapist in S.F. Past Co-founder and faculty of the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley, she teaches in the Somatic Psychology doctoral program at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, the Marion Woodman Foundation, and other universities and healing centers. With three decades of clinical experience she leads workshops internationally integrating body-oriented, Jungian and creative arts therapy approaches to healing and transformation. She is a candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.