The Dark Side of the Self: Jungian Perspectives on Dissociation and Psychosis

Location: Friends Meeting House, 91 - 93 Hartington Grove, Cambridge, CB1 7UB

Date: 23 June 2012

9.45am - 12.30pm

Maggie McAlister

Jung had a lifelong passion and interest in psychosis which started during his early psychiatric career at the Burghölzli and persisted throughout his working life, leading him to write two papers on schizophrenia only three years before his death. His deep interest in dissociative and psychotic processes led to the formulation of some of his most important theories including complexes, archetypes and the collective unconscious as well as his theory of the Self. Moreover it developed his overall approach to the psyche, in illness and in health. This talk will look at the Jungian legacy in working with severe and enduring mental illness, and also explore important links between post-Jungians and post-Kleinians especially regarding the divergent positions of Jung and Bion which paradoxically lead to common ground.

Maggie McAlister is a Jungian Analyst and forensic psychotherapist, working in the NHS within a Medium Secure Unit for mentally ill offenders, where she has been employed for the past fifteen years. Previous to her training at the SAP she worked as an HPC registered dramatherapist in adult mental health, in community, inpatient and forensic settings. She is a senior lecturer for the MSc in 'Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Mental Health' jointly run by WLMHT and Bucks New University. She also has a private practice in North London.

Cost: £17 including coffee
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 91 - 93 Hartington Grove, Cambridge, CB1 7UB

020 7435 7696



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