Founders' Day Symposium: Root Awakenings

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Founders’ Day Symposium

Root Awakenings

Ann Belford Ulanov, MDiv, PhD, LHD
Mary Wells Barron, MA, MIM, MBA
Donald McDevitt, LCPC

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) Grasp Jung's approach and theory of living from the root of psyche in relation to a social environment safe enough to support psychological health.
2) Grasp Jung's theories of the Transcendent Function and Individuation, including relationship to the sacred.
3) Grasp 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.

Donald McDevitt, LCPC
Rootedness: A Reflection on Early Infantile Life and Its Relevance to Psychological Health
Using theoretical contributions of Donald Winnicott and Paul Gray, Mr. McDevitt will present a clinical reflection on the capacity to be alone, as well as the emergence of affect states of early life. Focusing on the role of “rootedness” with an “other”, we will consider the implications of failed early relationships and one’s capacity to experience affect, as well as implications in the transference in analysis. Mr. McDevitt will also reflect on the role of the orphan symbolism in the longing to be rooted. 

Donald McDevitt, LCPC, is a faculty member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is a Supervising Analyst at the Institute and a consultant to a variety of counseling and psychotherapy practices in Chicago. He is a graduate of both the Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Analyst Training Program of the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Mr. McDevitt has over 25 years of experience as a private practitioner of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis as well as being an administrator of not-for-profits. He currently serves on the Committee on Gender and Sexuality of the American Psychoanalytic Association and is working towards having the binary understanding of gender changed to a more contemporary understanding of gender fluidity at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Mr. McDevitt’s theoretical interests include British Object Relations Theory, contemporary Ego Psychology, and Self Psychology. He is also using his background in LGBTQ psychoanalytic literature to recommend curriculum changes for candidates in psychoanalytic training.

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
2:30-3:45Donald McDevitt, LCPC
Rootedness: A Reflection on Early Infantile Life and Its Relevance to Psychological Health (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.