Images of the Jungian Influence in Psychotherapeutic Practice
A presentation by Paul Gibney
Thursday, April 7, 2022 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Church Hall
455 Main St. Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15
Jungian theory can be intellectually demanding to engage with, and bordering on mystical in its esoteric nature. Mythological themes and complex archetypal images can be illuminating and bewildering in equal measure as one engages in the rich Jungian canon. This presentation will consider some of the less poetic aspects of the Jungian literature; some Jungian concepts that are useful in the day to day practice of psychotherapy. The argument will be made that several Jungian concepts provide the therapist with unique advantages in allowing a broader scope of consideration. The presentation will draw on the work of Jung, von Franz, Hillman and Kalsched, and will be supplemented with tales from therapeutic experience.
Paul Gibney, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and family therapist who has been in full-time private practice in Brisbane since 1988. His doctoral thesis (1993) focused on the theoretical relationship between psychoanalysis, systemic therapy, time in therapy, and the matter of context. His theoretical and academic interests and practical contributions to the field have been in the areas of brief therapy, systemic practice, Jungian psychotherapy and psychoanalytic thought. He has a deep interest in ‘everyday therapy’, and how to apply complex frameworks to the practical demands of the real world. He has consulted and supervised across a wide range of institutional settings. Paul worked as a psychiatric social worker for a decade in public practice and for ten years held a part-time senior lectureship, teaching Advanced Casework and Family Therapy in the Social Work Department at the University of Queensland. Paul currently provides consultation and professional supervision to agencies providing services in trauma recovery, child health, trans-cultural psychiatry, child protection and residential care. His current research interests are in the areas of professional supervision and developing personal frameworks for practice.