Navigating the Multicultural Currents of Psyche in the Consulting Room
Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA
NAVIGATING THE MULTICULTURAL CURRENTS OF PSYCHE IN THE CONSULTING ROOM
SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
AT THE INSTITUTE
LYNN ALICIA FRANCO, LCSW & D. STEVEN NOURIANI, PHD, MFT
4 Continuing Education Credits for MD, PhD, MFT, LCSW, & RNs
Many clinicians miss the cultural nuances and the cultural narratives that are embedded in the moment-to-moment interactions in the therapeutic field. Some psychotherapists are even unaware of the unconscious cultural projections, assumptions and misunderstandings that occur in the dialectical interaction with their patients. The recently developed concepts of “cultural unconscious” and “cultural complex” have been very useful in developing a deeper understanding of the unconscious cultural issues that are expressed at both the individual and collective levels of the psyche. In Symbols of Transformation, Jung articulated a radical psychological premise—that the collective nature of psyche is archetypally rooted and carried unconsciously in our cultural narratives. Post-modern thinkers have furthered this notion by deconstructing cultural paradigms and exposing our cultural biases. As depth psychotherapists and analysts we have the responsibility of not only developing our competence in the psychology of culture and the particular culture of our patients, but also understanding better how a variety of psychological issues can emerge from the cultural unconscious and constellate in the relational dynamics of the therapeutic field.
This course will focus on the projections, biases and conflicts that arise out of the cultural backgrounds of the patient and the psychotherapist/ analyst that may lead to misunderstandings, collusions and affinities, negative feelings/projections, complexes, and therapeutic impasses. The concepts of cultural unconscious, cultural identity, cultural complexes and the cultural third will be utilized to explore various clinical encounters and to arrive at a deeper understanding of the benign and malignantly charged emotional issues/complexes which rise in the transference and counter transference field. We will explore how significant cultural/ethnic forms and collective traumas from our backgrounds are embedded in our psyches and interact with issues related to religion/spirituality, gender, sexuality, skin color, class and family history. As we navigate through various inter-subjective cultural encounters, we will seek to enlist the analytic/therapeutic relationship as a ground for the development of a multi-cultural liminality that may serve to transform binary perspectives and identifications (e.g. either/or and self/other definitions). Theoretical material and clinical vignettes will be explored to facilitate a deeper understanding of how the therapist’s cultural background may unconsciously intersect with that of their patients.
Articles will be sent to participants in advance and will be explored along with clinical vignettes from both participants and presenting analysts.
LYNN ALICIA FRANCO, LCSW, is a multicultural/bilingual Jungian Psychoanalyst who has been teaching, supervising and consulting for more than thirty-five years at the C.G. Institute of San Francisco and The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley. Over the past ten years she has developed and taught clinically oriented seminars, which are dedicated to the psychological exploration and integration of cultural identities and migratory traumas. Her analytic practice in Berkeley is conducted in both English and Spanish with individuals and couples.
D. STEVEN NOURIANI, PHD, MFT is a multicultural and bilingual Jungian analyst, and a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. In the past eighteen years he has been teaching, presenting and writing on various clinical topics including culture and psyche, and psychotherapy with diverse cultural groups, at conferences in the US and abroad, and at various Bay Area universities. One of his recent articles, “The Defensive Misappropriation and Corruption of Cultural Symbols”, was published in 2011 in the Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche. Dr. Nouriani is in private practice in San Francisco and San Jose, where he provides analysis and depth psychotherapy to children and adults, as well as couples and groups, in Persian/Farsi and English.
4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.
When & Where
The Jung Institute of San Francisco
The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
The C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco is a non-profit educational and community service organization that devotes itself to the furtherance of Jungian thought in clinical work and in cultural discourse. In addition to its Analytic Training Program, the Institute provides educational events for the general public, seminars for professionals, and produces Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, now published by Taylor & Francis. The Institute houses an extensive library and offers a sliding scale psychotherapy clinic. Friends of the Institute, an auxiliary organization, welcomes new members.
For more information, please visit us online at www.sfjung.org.