The Application of Jung’s Theory of Complexes in Clinical Practice

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The Application of Jung’s Theory of Complexes in Clinical Practice

A presentation by Margaret Caulfield & Jungian Analyst

Saturday, July 18, 2009 10.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $70 • Non-members: $90

We do not have the complex, the complex has us, wrote Jung. Indeed such is the power of our experience of being caught in a complex, that we are rendered totally taken over by that emotional response, even though we believe we are responding in a most appropriate manner and indeed we continue to insist that is the case. All of us have been gripped by our complexes and indeed they are ever present. The energy we experience is a surging through us of a strong sense of rightness. What is it, then, that we are defending? Who is in charge here?

Despite our intellectual efforts we, analysts and psychotherapists, will experience and be confronted by our personal complexes, and those of our clients. In my view it is of paramount importance that we gain consciousness around our complexes so that our patients/clients do not have to experience our Complexes, whether overtly or covertly. Jung became aware of the personal complex through the word association test. Jung defined the personal and the archetypal complex. And in a recent Journal of Analytical Psychology, cultural complexes are discussed. Today we will focus on the value of identifying complexes in the analytic process. I will use case materials to demonstrate that identifying complexes is a valuable analytic tool.

This seminar will commence with an introduction to Jung’s theory of complexes; following the theoretical introduction clinicians will have the opportunity to reflect on personal, archetypal and cultural complexes.

The seminar is designed as an interactive workshop for clinicians, exploring theory and its application using case examples. We will explore what is mine and what belongs to the client and how does that impact on their life and the analytic process. This is not an Encounter group and participants will not be required to disclose personal information. However we can share if desired and importantly we can bring into the discussion experiences in our clinical work.

The seminar participants will be required to be ethically appropriate and acknowledge that all material is confidential.

The aim of the seminar is to further familiarise those attending with some of Jung’s theory and to gain or further develop a valuable analytical tool.

Margaret Caulfield ANZSJA IAAP is a Training Analyst with ANZSJA. She is Co Director of Training, C.G. Jung Institute of ANZSJA. She resides and has a private clinical practice in Melbourne and Sydney. Margaret has written and presented papers nationally and internationally. She lectures in Jungian theory and practice in the Post Graduate degree of music therapy and psychiatric nursing, at the University of Technology, Sydney. She lectures throughout Australia and New Zealand and is involved with the review, development, design and delivery of the 2006 ANZSJA Training. One of her areas of interest in Jungian and Post Jungian theory is Jung’s idea of Complexes and its application in the Analytic Encounter in the psychotherapeutic setting.