Fall Symposium: Intergeneration Cultural Trauma and the Racial Complex

Fanny Brewster PhD, MFA & Sam Kimbles, PhD

Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Fall Symposium: Intergeneration Cultural Trauma and the Racial Complex

The Psychotherapy Institute is honored to host Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA as this year's featured speaker for our Fall Symposium. Brewster is a Jungian Analyst, writer and lecturer, and a core faculty member in the Depth Psychology Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her work explores the culture of Jungian psychology in America and its often-difficult relationship with race and racism.

Examining how Jungian psychology initially failed to engage African Americans, and continuing this exploration through the modern use of the Shadow in language and imagery, Brewster creates space for a multidimensional exploration of race and racism in America. Her work expands our understanding of the negative impact of racism in American psychology, beginning a dialogue and proposing how we might change our thinking and behaviors to create a twenty-first-century Jungian psychology that recognizes an American multicultural psyche and a positive African American culture.

Drawing from Brewster’s life experience, clinical, and academic work, she will discuss the aspects and effects of intergenerational trauma caused from slavery and the racial complexes that we all hold today. Joining Brewster on stage will be Sam Kimbles, PhD who will respond to her papers and further elaborate some of its key concepts and themes.

Mothering Slaves, the Intergenerational Orphan and Cultural Trauma

Through lecture and audience discussion, Dr. Brewster will explore the concept of mothering slaves—women whose lives were centered on having children, and the loss of these children through the cultural trauma of slavery and its aftermath. The Mother of Sorrows archetype will be discussed within the context of African American parenting, the Jungian Feminine and African Feminine Mythology.

The Racial Complex: Dissociation and the search for Unification with the Self

This lecture will examine C.G. Jung's Complex Theory. We will discuss its applicability to deepening our understanding of personal as well as collective cultural complexes in terms of ethnicity, racism and racial relations.

Fanny Brewster PhD, MFA, is a Jungian analyst and Poetry/Nonfiction writer practicing in New York City. She has been nominated twice for the Gradiva Award, for her writing by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Brewster is a Faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology and the Philadelphia Jung Institute (PAJA).

Sam Kimbles, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where he has served as president, and a clinical professor (VCF) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He has lectured and presented papers on topics related to the theory and practical applications of analytical psychology to professionals and lay audiences in the United States, Asia, Europe and Africa. He has served as a clinical consultant and presented at the San Francisco Jung Institute, as well as trained mental health and analytic professionals. His published works on cultural complexes, including his previous books on The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society (with Tom Singer), 2004, Phantom Narratives: The Unseen Contributions of Culture to Psyche (2014), explores the themes of psyche in groups and are significant contributions to the application of analytical psychology to the study of groups and cultural life.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Location: Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th St., Oakland, CA (get map and directions)

Parking: Free at Central Parking Garage, 1250 M.L.K. Jr. Way, across from Preservation Park

 Registration Fee: by 7/31/19 by 9/23/19 after 9/23/19
TPI Members (Lunch and CEs are extra) $125 $150 $170
Nonmembers (Lunch and CEs are extra) $150 $175 $195
Prelicensed Students/Interns (Lunch is extra) $85 $110 $130

Lunch: $15 additional fee.

CE: 5 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies).

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