The Annual BGJ Seminar Day is an opportunity for gestalt practitioners; friends, writers and reviewers of the Journal, to engage in conversation, exchange ideas and experiences and to get involved in workshops together. This year, we are delighted to announce that Gaie Houston and Dr. Tim Read will facilitate the day. More information about the topics and facilitators can be found below.
Vegetarian lunch provided.
Cake contributions welcome! (please label with ingredients).
Awareness, Phantasy and Physics with Gaie Houston
An important distinction exists between consciousness and awareness. Gestalt Therapy is concerned with raising awareness. Non-ordinary states of awareness are in most people's experience, yet for the most part only the vocabulary of pathology describes them. This talk aims to remind us of the ways in which this therapy can enhance our awareness and use of them.
The present state of theory in particle physics is a reminder and analogy of how much is still outside our awareness.
The concept of recognition may be helpful as a permission to respect and feel confidence in what might otherwise seem outlandish perception, or phantasy.
At best this will be an exploration shared with everyone present.
Gaie Houston, MA Oxon., Dip. App. B.Sc., has worked for the Gestalt Centre London since 1980. She teaches and lectures in many countries, from the US to Kyrghystan, and has written nine books on psychotherapy and group behaviour.
The Healing Power of Non Ordinary States of Consciousness with Dr. Tim Read
The term Archetype implies a deeper layer of mind organised around meaning. Opening to archetypal psyche can lead to numinous experience, which may be beautiful or terrifying, sacred or dread-filled. These states of increased archetypal penetrance are associated with both crisis and accelerated growth. A bio-psycho-socio-archetypal (BPSA) model of the psyche adds a crucial missing dimension that helps us to understand states of heightened intensity of meaning, numinous experience and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Not only does this avoid unhelpful pathologising but the BPSA model also points to practical methods that can engage with this archetypal energy so that the experience becomes useful and growth orientated.
I will discuss some of the key concepts of archetypal psychology drawing on Plato, Jung and Grof, while concentrating on the elements of archetypal openings that have most relevance for the psychotherapist. How can we access, harness and integrate the depth and power of numinous experience for therapeutic use and for psycho spiritual development?
Tim Read is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in London. He was the Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital for 20 years leading the crisis intervention service and the psychiatric liaison team. He has trained in psychoanalytic therapy (IGA) and in transpersonal therapy (GTT) with Stanislav Grof and is a certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork. Tim is co-founder of the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) launching in UK and USA in early 2017. His book Walking Shadows: Archetype and Psyche in Crisis and Growth was published in 2014.
5.5 Continuous Professional Development hours will be offered to all attendees.