may, 2018

01may8:15 pm10:00 pmEvent OverTHE WORDS WE WORK WITH THAT WORK ON USSpeaker: DR. BIRGIT HEUER

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A post-post Jungian approach towards healing cumulative relational trauma

Culturally and politically, we are flooded with views of the world through the eyes of trauma, and thus the theme of healing trauma, individually and collectively, is a pressing socio-political issue. In this talk, Dr Birgit Heuer will present her narrative and textual research of clinical language. Her findings show a concerning gap between our benign clinical theories, and a different sensibility underlying our clinical practice, which closely resembles what Shore calls amygdala-led ways of experiencing. In other words, the underlying outlook of clinical work lacks a substantial alternative to the mind-set of trauma.

Research indicates that developing a capacity for positivity – in various forms – is an important ingredient in the healing of trauma. Accordingly, Dr Heuer offers a more hopeful outlook, deep positivity, which can be worked out through the philosophical implications of both quantum and complexity theory. When supported by a profoundly positive outlook, clinical practice gains a more appropriate foundation for healing trauma. This talk was first presented at the JAP conference in New York 2017.

Dr Birgit Heuer is a Jungian Analyst of the BJAA with a previous training in body-oriented psychotherapy. She has been in private practice for the past thirty-seven years. She served on the BAP training committee and worked as clinical supervisor at Kingston University. She teaches on several Jungian-analytic trainings, as well as at Birkbeck College, University of London, and at the Centre for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. She has published numerous papers and book-chapters and she lectures internationally on themes such as ‘body and being’, ‘forgiveness’, ‘spirituality in the consulting-room’ and on ‘clinical paradigm’.

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