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The 2022 Fay Lectures | Opening the Closed Heart: Meetings with the Human and Archetypal Child in the Psychotherapy of Early Trauma

Donald Kalsched

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The process of realizing oneself as a person was, for C.G. Jung, equivalent to the “unfolding” of latent potentials – a vital spark of aliveness. These potentials, said Jung, lay deep in the foundations of the personality like a seed, and are universally represented in mythology as the archetype of the innocent or divine child in exile. In the face of trauma, this ideal “unfolding” of the personality is blocked and distorted by powerful archetypal defenses, which divide up the inner world and banish unbearably painful feelings to the unconscious. When psychotherapy begins, these feelings re-emerge as wounded, ghost-like remnants of our childhood selves – seeking acceptance and healing – but also arouse powerful resistances to their integration.

The battle that thus emerges in trauma is one that Jung seldom described, and is much stormier than the benign unfolding of human potential he called “individuation.” To understand the encounter with the human and archetypal children in the psyche, we must also understand the human and archetypal oppressors of these “children,” and thus re-vision Analytical Psychology in light of contemporary findings about aggression, and the role of libido in the developing personality. Join Jungian analyst and trauma specialist Donald Kalsched for this groundbreaking exploration of how defensive, dismembering forces – as well as healing, integrative ones – can find their way into the analytic dialogue.

Click here to view the full description of this year’s Fay Lectures, with Donald Kalsched!

This program will be offered both in-person and via livestreaming. Please use the registration form to select which way you plan to participate. If you register to attend online, you will be emailed viewing instructions either the evening before or the morning of the event. Please be sure to check “spam” and “junk” folders!

This class will be recorded. Recordings will be distributed to registered participants ONLY, after each class session. Recordings will not be available for purchase after the program ends.

All times are CDT. Please contact with any questions.

Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.

About the instructor

Donald Kalsched

Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., is a Jungian Analyst and Clinical Psychologist who practices in Brunswick, Maine, and lives in nearby Topsham with his wife Robin van Loben Sels. He is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of New England, a senior faculty member and supervisor with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of trauma and its treatment. His first book, The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit described a core complex of the dissociating psyche (Self-Care System) and demonstrated its clinical applications. His most recent book, Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption explores how psychotherapeutic work with trauma-survivors sometimes provides access to an ineffable world of soul and spirit.

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Date & time


Friday, November 18 5 - 7pm CT Saturday and Sunday, November 19 & 20 9am - 1pm CT

10 h

Number of sessions

Continuing Education Units








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