March 16, 2013
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sign-in 9:30am)
Duncan Center, Delray Beach, FL
DRAWING UPON THE ARCHETYPAL FEMININE
FOR SELF-TRUST AND AUTHENTIC VALUE
KAITRYN WERTZ, M.ED., LMHC, NCPSYA
Inner authority is the ability to genuinely value our own thoughts, feelings, perceptions and intuition. This leads to self-trust, agency, and the ability to be the authors of our own lives. It is a quality that emerges during what Jung called individuation, the process of psychological development that leads toward wholeness. Western consciousness has usually understood authority in terms of the archetypal masculine principle of intellect, spirit, and meaning. A more complete and balanced form of inner authority includes these qualities but must also draw upon the archetypal feminine principle, long associated with embodiment, relatedness, and soulfulness. With this we discover what has been in the background of the psyche for a very long time: archetypal images that are clearly feminine and that clearly hold authority. Allowing these images to become more visible, complete, and grounded can be a transformative experience for both women and men.
This daylong workshop will explore aspects of inner authority that are grounded in the archetypal feminine principle. We will draw upon insights from Jungian psychology and as well as images from myth, fairy tales, art, and film to consider how these aspects may develop in women and men. In particular, three images of the female body will illustrate a process of developing inner authority. Archetypal images of the female seat and lap suggest a form of strength that is grounded in the depths of the body and psyche. Images of the hands, especially their loss and recovery, portray the development of agency through the ability to engage productively with the world and to touch others in relationship. Images of the voice, throat, and neck reflect the potential to connect below with above, and body with mind, in the creative expression of psychological authority.
The feminine and masculine principles are archetypal patterns, psychological potentials that exist in the psyches of both men and women. While this workshop is focused on feminine images of authority that have often been overlooked in our culture, it is intended for both sexes. Both can benefit from meaningful encounters with more complete archetypal feminine images. Developing more authentic, individual experiences of inner value, trustworthiness, and agency can enrich both men and women. (4 CEUs)
Learning Objectives: Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broader understanding of the Jungian concept of inner authority;
- Describe the differences between the Western perspective and alternative approaches to inner authority as they relate to feminine archetypal energies;
- Identify three specific images that represent manifestations of archetypal feminine authority; and
- Deepen their knowledge of ways to integrate feminine archetypal energies into one’s own life and/or in the lives of one’s clients so as to cultivate more complete and authentic inner value.
Workshop: $75; (Add $12 for 4 CEUs); Student $60
Directions to the Duncan Center, 15820 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach, : From I-95 to Linton Blvd exit in Delray Beach, go West to Military Trail and turn North (right) for a block to 15820 S. Military Trail. From the Turnpike, Exit on Atlantic Blvd, Delray Beach, go East to Military Trail, turn Right (South) and go to Linton Blvd, make a U turn and the Duncan Center is one block on the Right.
When & Where
Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida
The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida, Inc. is a non-profit educational association that serves licensed mental health professionals and the greater community by fostering the study of the psychology of Carl G. Jung. The Center presents educational services including lectures, seminars, discussions and workshops to address the psychological, social and spiritual issues of our time while providing a forum for personal reflection and development. For more information: Call the Center’s Message Phone:954-525-4682 http://www.jungcentersouthflorida.org