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Date(s) - 14/02/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY


Friday 14 February 2020 at SAP

CPD event for Clinicians

The Clinical challenges of working with adult replacement children in therapy and analysis


Many adults suffer unconsciously because they were conceived, born or given the role to replace a child or adult who died or disappeared. The condition of so-called replacement children remains often undiagnosed and therefore untreated. A new book offers hope for diagnosis and treatment: “Individuation for Adult Replacement Children. Ways of Coming into Being.” the book is launched in the UK by the author at this SAP event. Kristina Schellinski, will illustrate with case studies that Analytical Psychology offers especially valuable concepts to help adult replacement children. Carl Gustav Jung himself was a replacement child, he was born after two stillborn girls and a boy who lived for only 5 days. Jung’s work is inspired by his search for self, “the principle and archetype of orientation and meaning” (Jung, MDR, 1965, p. 199)*, the self being the driving force in the process of individuation, which Jung called “the central concept of my psychology”( ibid, p. 209)*. Jung’s approach can be seen according to the author not exclusively but also in the context of the circumstances preceding his birth.
Schellinski will focus in this conference on the challenges of treatment and prevention with adult replacement child cases, since, as she says: “We, as clinicians, can recognise tell-tale symptoms such as poor self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, questions concerning identity, feelings of grief and guilt. Working through the structural elements of this condition presents special challenges but can allow adult replacement children to experience a psychological rebirth. We have an important task: to help adult replacement children reconnect with their own life force and discover the unique individual they are, so that they can come to discover, like Jung: ‘this is what I am’.”


Kristina Schellinski, M.A., Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, Switzerland, is a Teaching Analyst and Supervisor at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich and ISAP (International School of Analytical Psychology), Zürich.

She is the author of the book Individuation for Adult Replacement Children”, Routledge 2019, and maintains a private practice in Geneva, Switzerland, where she also works as a lecturer and supervisor with the Geneva University Hospital Department of Psychiatry.

Chair: Jan Wiener

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