Reflections on Jungian Clinical Practice: from Then till Now (1955-2015)
To mark the Journal’s 60th anniversary, a weekend conference was held in London (13th – 15th March 2015). Unlike our well-established international four-day conferences, this event was non-residential, but our loyal supporters – as well as those new to the Journal – visited from around the world, including Europe, US, Australia, Japan and Russia.
Plenary presentations were given by authors closely associated with the Journal: each chose a paper from one of the earlier decades of the Journal’s publication – the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s – that they felt had had a seminal influence and still informed their own clinical practice today. The later decades – the 90’s & 2000’s – were covered in smaller group parallel break-out sessions. A final plenary on the Sunday morning addressed the future of Jungian psychology, taking a recent paper as the starting point.
The speakers included Don Kalsched – the most widely read and regarded of contemporary clinical Jungian authors – who paid tribute to Michael Fordham’s ‘Defences of the Self’, perhaps the most influential of Journal papers. Murray Stein spoke from a Rosemary Gordon paper and our consultant editor, Warren Colman, considered the future direction of analytical psychology. We also had plenary contributions from Jan Wiener, Angela Connolly, Elizabeth Urban and Brian Feldman.
The conference workshops included a critical discussion of the Editors’ role from Andrew Samuels; Marcus West developed his ideas on early relational trauma, inspired by Jean Knox’s 1999 paper on attachment theory; Nathan Field reflected on C.G. Groesbeck’s 1989 ‘C.G. Jung and the Shaman’s vision’; our new US Editor David Sedgwick spoke ‘On Integrating Jungian and Other Theories’ from Cambray et al’s 2002 ‘Contemporary psychoanalysis in relation to analytical psychology’; John Merchant addressed the subject of archetypes, starting out from Jean Knox’s 2004 paper ‘From archetypes to reflective function’; and Susan Schwartz considered the influence of Hester Solomons’ 2004 paper on the ‘as if’ personality.