Seminar Series: A Jungian Approach to Working Online

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Date(s) - 31/10/2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



This Seminar has been postponed

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Autumn 2020 Online CPD Seminar

Seminar Series: A Jungian Approach to Working Online

19 Sep 20 Seminar 1 Reflective Practice:

Virtual Frame & Process, & the 2D Liminal Field

31 Oct 20 Seminar 2 Reflective Practice:

 Jung & Technology: Technology as an Archetypal Image Schema in Jungian Analytic Encounters.

21 Nov 20 Seminar 3 Reflective Practice:

The Cyber-Self in Jungian Analysis: Egoic challenges when the multiplicity of the Self calls Virtually “betwixt and between” liminal spaces where no-Body can go.

Since technology consists of certain procedures invented by man, it is not something that somehow lies outside the human sphere . . .

‘The Effect of Technology on the Human Psyche’ (Jung 1949: par.1404)

. . . certain modes of human adaption also

exist which would meet the requirements

of technology . . .

‘The Effect of Technology on the Human Psyche’ (Jung 1949: par.1404)

In the UK, the COVID-19 lockdown required extensive work for all clinicians across the analytic and psychotherapy world to transfer to remote working online.

Given the speed with which the pandemic changed our working lives, clinicians and trainees have had to adapt to working and studying in ways that we have not been prepared for. This seminar, which is one of a series of 3 Reflective Practice Seminars is to support clinicians becoming more proficient with working online.

It struck me that the papers (Bayles 2012; Merchant 2016) and books (Isaacs Russell 2015; Lemma 2017) written before the lockdown theorised about remote working as a ‘choice- and negotiation-based’ alternative to the consulting room. This was clearly no longer the case: we’d entered unchartered territory. Even though many of us may have delivered online therapy sessions, supervision and teaching or studying where needed – it’s

clear that we were now in a very different analytic world. In a pandemic situation, remote clinical practice and analytic training are non-negotiable – we go online!

I have approached these Reflective Practice Seminars from my clinical/theoretical choice-based personal-learning experience of working remotely. I considered how the pandemic affected and transformed my work and formulated a seminar series from theory making in my Jungian heritage and informed by my training in Developmental and Object Relations approaches. Although the consulting room remains the gold standard, I encourage clinicians and trainees to invest themselves in ‘differences’ and ‘alternatives’ to that standard. To compare, contrast and compliment their personal and varied experiences online with those of the consulting room, and to move away from viewing the consulting room as the baseline from which everything else must be judged – and to rather engage a comparative discourse.

During this Reflective Practice Seminar, I would like to invite you to consider how Jung had worked and written during two world wars and the Spanish Flu. We might consider how his remarkable writing is relevant to our encounter of our ‘new normal’, and provides us with an adaptive framework – even when we come out of lockdown. Perhaps our current varied embodied experiences force us to reconsider Jung’s writings, which we might previously have viewed as grounded in another era. I think that his writing potentially brings us into a more globally reflective position. Alongside this, any complex encounter with the Self’s individuative processes, as Warren Colman describes, are ‘. . . not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be explored. . .’(Colman 2006).

Jay Barlow is the Director of Training at the SAP and a Training Analyst. He has an MA in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies and has worked as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the NHS. He has a private practice in Clapham, and supervises developing analytic groups in Eastern Europe.







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