Creativity as a Therapeutic Principle
A presentation by Anna Conaty
Thursday 2 April 2009, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel Sts,
Members and concession $5; Non-members $10
Jung wrote that the creative complex in man has an autonomy all its own. He sees in the creative energy and dynamic a quality that can go so far as to dominate the actions of a person.
Drawing on her research and experiences as both a clinical Social Worker and Art Therapist, Anna will demonstrate the practical use of Jung’s insights into the structure and dynamics of the psyche in her work with creativity as a therapeutic principle. One tool of creative thinking is pattern recognition. The ancient Greek word “enantiodromia” will be defined to facilitate pattern recognition and conscious awareness of the dynamic play of opposites.
We will explore Jung’s claim further by amplifying images and experiences that have influenced the mature perception of the paradoxical nature of Self. We will consider the psychosocial significance of our responsibility to reflect on the mundane affairs of our own modern lives, where things aren’t always what they seem and human services demand that we endure the dilemmas of caring and controlling.
Anna Conaty is a Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist currently working in a human services role. Before moving to Brisbane with her partner, she was closely involved with the C.G. Jung Education Center in Houston, Texas.