Founders' Day Symposium: Root Awakenings

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Note: Don McDevitt is no longer able to present and August Cwik has graciously offered to present in his stead.

Founders’ Day Symposium

Root Awakenings

Ann Belford Ulanov, MDiv, PhD, LHD
Mary Wells Barron, MA, MIM, MBA
August J. Cwik, PsyD

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 │ 9:30am-4:30pm

"Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet, I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains."C G Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962)

Featured Speaker: Ann Belford Ulanov, MDiv, PhD, LHD
Root, Uprooting, Rootedness
Using theory and clinical examples, we will explore soul initiated by three awakenings to root, to uprooting, to rootedness. Beneath intellect toward paradox, beneath adaptation necessitating compliance toward creative perceiving of life, beneath differentiation that turns into divisions, lies root of personal and collective life which may become uprooting thus moving us toward seeking rootedness.

Ann Belford Ulanov, MDiv, PhD, LHD, is Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion Emerita at Union Theological Seminary, and an analyst in private practice in New York City. She is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and the Editorial Advisory Board for The Journal of Analytical Psychology.

With her late husband, Barry Ulanov, she co-authored six books, including Religion and the Unconscious; Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer; Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying; and Transforming Sexuality: The Archetypal World of Anima and Animus. By herself she is author of sixteen books, among which are The Psychoid, Soul and Psyche: Piercing Space–Time Barriers; Knots and Their Untying; Madness & Creativity; The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness/Deadness in the Self; and The Functioning Transcendent. She is the recipient of many awards, among which are three honorary doctorate degrees, the Oscar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association for distinguished work in depth psychology and religion, and the Gradiva Award for Finding Space: Winnicott, God, and Psychic Reality.

Learning Objectives
     1) Identify Jung's approach to and theory of living from the root of psyche in relation to a social environment safe enough to support psychological health.
     2) Describe Jung's theories of the Transcendent Function and Individuation, including relationship to the sacred.
     3) Apply Jung's theory of ego/Self and the vital importance of relation to the unconscious for a healthy life.

Mary Wells Barron, MA, MIM, MBA
A Tear in the Veil: Beauty and Shadow in the Art of Alexander McQueen
Mary Wells Barron will explore the archetypal roots and symbolism in the creations of the British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen. In 2011, a year after his death, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York launched a major retrospective of his work, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. This talk was inspired by his designs of astonishing archetypal power. Forty-five images from Savage Beauty will illustrate this exploration of his “soul clothes,” as they reflect McQueen’s creative genius and its shadow.

Mary Wells Barron MA, MIM, MBA, is a Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice in Saint Louis, Missouri. She trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich and has lectured in the United States and abroad for over twenty years on subjects related to the interface of art and psyche. For many years, she served on the Board of Directors of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS). She is a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology and a Senior Training Analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.

Learning Objectives
     1) Identify archetypal myths evidenced in creative expression exemplified in McQueen’s work.

     2) Elucidate the power and influence of the “other,” the archetypal, in the example of the image of “a tear in the veil.”
     3) Discuss aspects of 21st century feminine identity (cultural and psychological) reflected in the artistic expression of Alexander McQueen.

August J. Cwik, PsyD
Awakening Lunar Consciousness: An Alchemical Perspective
For Jung, alchemy provided the very root imagery of transformation as it bridged from the past into the future, to analytical psychology and the individuation process itself -- “It is only possible to come to a right understanding and appreciation of a contemporary psychological problem when we can reach a point outside our own time from which to observe it.”  In “The Psychology of the Transference” he used a series of alchemical plates from The Rosarium Philosophorum, The Rosary of the Philosophers, to demonstrate the relational individuation process that occurs in analysis and intimate relationships.  This presentation will look at the entire series as it presents a template for the transformation of solar (masculine) and lunar (feminine) soul energies.  The formation of a deeply reflective lunar consciousness is necessary to facilitate deep change within the individual and social systems.  A new “third thing” is being sought that requires “compassionate witnessing” towards the events that happen to oneself in life -- only from this stance can one hope to find “right action.”

August J. Cwik, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, hypnotherapist, and Jungian analyst in private practice in the Chicago area. He is a member of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is also an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He was Co-Director of Training of the Analyst Training Program and Co-Director of the Clinical Training Program in Analytical Psychotherapy at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He has published articles on the structure of analysis, alchemy, supervision, dreams, active imagination, and numerous reviews.

Learning Objectives
     1) List the plates included in the Rosarium
     2) Describe the components of lunar consciousness
     3) Discuss teh process of individuation as exemplified by the series

Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL


Symposium Fee
$125 | $100 Members | $75 Students 
(Lunch Provided)
5 CEs ($15 fee)

Symposium Schedule

9:30-9:45Opening Remarks
9:45-11:10Keynote Speaker: Ann Ulanov, MDiv, PhD, LHD
Root, Uprooting, Rootedness (with Q&A)
11:30-12:45Mary Wells Barron, MA, MIM, MBA
A Tear in the Veil: Beauty and Shadow in the Art of Alexander McQueen (with Q&A)
12:45-2:00Lunch (Provided)
2:00-2:20Meditation/Reflection Period
2:30-3:45August Cwik, PsyD
Awakening Lunar Consciousness: An Alchemical Perspective (with Q&A)
4:00-4:30Panel Responses to Questions

This event is co-sponsored by the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being

The C G Jung Institute of Chicago 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. The C G Jung Institute of Chicago maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.