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Founders Day Symposium
Healing Trauma through Myth, Story, and Image
Featured Speaker: Roger Brooke, PhD
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 9:00am-5:00pm
The 2017 Founders Day symposium will focus on healing the trauma that “forces itself tyrannically upon the conscious mind.” We do not approach such healing naively as if trauma could be erased from awareness. Instead, we seek methods that might allow us, as Roger Brooke suggests, to embrace an embodied healing process that transcends insight or intellectual awareness. Our belief is that therapeutic methods incorporating myth, story, and image can act as powerful catalysts for an alchemical transformation. The result may be a new quality of consciousness that embraces the terrible reality of experience but within a context of profoundly felt meaning.
This symposium will consider the ways these methods have been used by our three presenters: Roger Brooke’s use of story and ritual in his work with combat veterans; Corinne D. Peterson’s use of clay in her work with trauma survivors, and Kwame Scruggs use of myth to engage urban youth. Dyane Sherwood will provide commentary from her alchemical studies on the nature of psychic transformation.
In the afternoon there will be one experiential session, wherein participants will join one of the three guest speakers - Roger Brooke, Corinne Peterson, and G. Kwame Scruggs - for a workshop. When you register, select the speaker whose work you would like to experience more directly. Space for each group is limited.
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL
$115 | $92 Members | $65 Students
6 CEs ($15 fee)
Schedule of Events
9:00-9:15 | Welcome Remarks
9:15-10:45 | The Mark of War on the Veteran’s Individuation Process - Roger Brooke, PhD
What we now call combat related post-traumatic stress disorder has been described and ritually address in all traditional warrior cultures as a moral and spiritual injury. Combat experience is best understood as an initiation onto the warrior’s path of moral and spiritual development through the lifespan. This offers dignity and direction to what is otherwise pathologized as a mental illness, with all the cascading negative consequences such stigma implies. The role of community in facilitating homecoming and transformation will be discussed.
11:00-11:30 | Cairn & Cloud: Forming Clay and Transforming Trauma - Corinne D. Peterson, MSW
11:30-12:00 | Using Myth to Extract the Gold Inherent in Our Youth - G. Kwame Scruggs, PhD
C.G. Jung called myths the first and foremost psychic phenomena that reveal the nature of the soul. What we will experience is the importance of providing a Temenos – the Greek word for “a piece of land cut-off from the rest of society as a sacred domain” – and the ability of myth to engage urban adolescent males, allowing them to express their deepest fears, concerns and hopes for the future. We will see how through the telling,discussion and analysis of myth they are being taught to become the hero in their own story.
12:00-1:00 | Lunch provided on premises
1:15-3:00 | Experiential Workshop Session
During this session, each of the morning's presenters will hold a group workshop to give people an experience of their work. Participants choose, when they register, which presenter they would like to join for this workshop session. Choices for the workshop session are:
- Roger Brooke: An Archetypal Approach to Treating Combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Corinne D. Peterson: Shaping Clay, Shaping Life
- G. Kwame Scruggs: Temenos: Alchemy's Approach to Trauma
3:30-4:15 | The Alchemy of Myth, Story, and Image - Dyane Sherwood, PhD
All participants return to the main hall for this talk. Dyane Sherwood will provide commentary from her alchemical studies on the nature of psychic transformation. Symbolic images from a late Renaissance illuminated manuscript will be used to illustrate the alchemist's experience of inner transformation when experimenting with the transformation of substances in his laboratory--with parallels drawn to the experience of participants in the workshops.
4:15-5:00 | Panel Discussion - All presenters, moderated by Dyane Sherwood
Roger Brooke, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Psychology and was the Director of Training in Clinical Psychology from 1994 to 2007 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania. He was born in South Africa and educated at the Universities of Cape Town (BA), Witwatersrand (MA Clinical Psychology), and Rhodes (PhD) He has a small private practice and is a consultant Clinical Psychologist to Life Care Hospital. He is the author of Jung and Phenomenology and contributing editor of Pathways into the Jungian World. For more information about Roger Brooke and to read his papers visit rogerbrookephd.com.
Corinne D. Peterson, MSW grew up on a farm near Anoka, Minnesota, and attended North Park University in Chicago. She earned a M.A. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1980, and then developed a psychotherapy practice. While preparing to study Jungian analysis, her dreams about clay led her to take a clay class at Lillstreet Art Center. Captivated by the possibilities of artistic expression with clay, Peterson took more classes, developed her skills, and shifted her career focus to art. She was awarded several residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and was in residence at Tegelgården, Sweden and Taiwan Normal University. Her studio is at Lillstreet, where she produces her sculpture, works with interns and teaches classes. Peterson also has presented her work in many panels, lectures, seminars and workshops. Peterson’s sculptures are in numerous private and public collections, including Kirkland & Ellis, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Deloitte, Burrell Communications and Oakton College. Her clay tile murals and mosaics can be seen at many Chicago area locations, including the CTA station at Roosevelt and State, Latin Middle School, Portage Park Senior Center and other Chicago Park District facilities. Peterson has exhibited throughout the country and in solo shows at The Cliff Dwellers in Chicago; Noyes Cultural Art Center and Dittmar Gallery at Northwestern University, Evanston; University of Notre Dame in Indiana and National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Recent group exhibits include CSI at Art Chicago and Bridgeport Art Center, Antonovych, Niespodziewana, Peterson at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and outdoor installations at Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational 2008-09, Chattanooga River Walk 2009-10 and Form in Flora at Garfield Park Conservatory 2010. www.cdpeterson.com - www.thecairnproject.com
G. Kwame Scruggs, PhD has over 20 years experience using myth in the development of urban male youth. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Jungian Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Kwame also holds a MS degree in Technical Education with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Akron where he also completed all coursework for a Masters degree in Community Counseling. He has conducted numerous workshops on the use of myth to engage urban youth, presenting at C.G. Jung sites of New York, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. In 1993, after being formally initiated into the Akan System of Life Cycle Development (African-based rites of passage), Kwame became a Certified Facilitator of this process. In 2013 Kwame was presented with the first Wendy Davee Award for Service from The Pacifica Graduate Institute Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association, which honored him for his many activities and achievements that embody Pacifica’s mission to “Tend the Souls of the World.” In 2016 he was one of three recipients presented with the University of Akron’s Black Male Summit Legacy Award. Kwame is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and was selected for the 2014 class of CAELI (Community Arts Education Leadership Institute). Kwame has also served as a consultant for a project with the Joseph Campbell Foundation and as an advisor for the film, “Rites of Passage” by Warrior Films and is on the National Advisory Panel for Rutgers University-Newark’s Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. alchemyinc.net.
Dyane Sherwood, PhD is the co-author, with the late Joseph L. Henderson, of Transformation of the Psyche: The Symbolic Alchemy of the Splendor solis (Routledge, 2003). She did her analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she became a member of the teaching faculty. From 2003 through 2013, she was the Editor of Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche from 2003-2013. She has written about the arts, the neurobiology of implicit communication, and the role of analysis in analytic training. Dr. Sherwood is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, a member of the Ohio Valley Association of Jungian Analysts (OVAJA), and a Certified Sandplay™ Therapist. In 2010, she and her husband moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where she is a licensed psychologist with a private analytic and sandplay practice. dyanesherwood.com.
This event is co-sponsored by the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being
The CG Jung Institute of Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. The CG Jung Institute of Chicago maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to provide continuing education (CE)credit for social workers, professional counselors and marriage and family therapists.