The Self and Individuation: Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence – Part III

Saturday April 22, 2017; 9:30AM - 4:30PM
The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

RP-P-1961-109 Faculty: Maria Ellen Chiaia, PhD; Susan Williams, MFT

6 Possible CEUs approved for MD, PhD, LCSW, MFT & RN

The Healing Function of the Psyche: Emergence and Creativity Arising from the Primordial Depths in Jungian Child Analysis


Maria Ellen Chiaia and Susan Williams will focus on emergence and creativity, two essential aspects of our clinical work as Jungian analysts - both arising from the interaction between the primordial depths and an encounter with the outer world. How do we nurture and embrace this unfolding process within the therapeutic setting?

Through play and other creative expressions, images, metaphors and stories emerge that connect the analytic couple to the child’s inner world, allowing us to contact what is not yet known or perhaps hidden in the unconscious. Split off material, such as infantile affects or non-verbal experiences of the numinous, may arise in the silence between therapist and patient. While holding the tension between the developmental and archetypal pulls on the child, a doorway may open that can have a profound impact on the child’s inner world and outer relationships. Toogether, the therapeutic pair may find guardians and guides that are in service of the Self and transformation.

In this presentation we will work with animal and spirit guides that emerged for children we have each worked with in analysis. We will be using two different films: “Harvey” and “The Whale Rider” to illustrate and highlight the Jungian analytic attitude and amplify case material.

headshot_mariaCMaria Ellen Chiaia, PhD is an Adult and Child analyst of the C.G. Jung Institute in private practice in Berkeley and Marin. She is a clinical and teaching member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She is co-author of Sandplay in Three Voices: Images, Relationship, the Numinous, has been a key note speaker at a number of conferences and has authored many articles and book chapters.

headshot_susanWSusan Williams, MFT is an adult, adolescent, and child Jungian analyst in private practice in Berkeley, California. She trained and practiced in London before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area, where she became a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco in 2003. She is on the teaching faculty of both the adult and child analytic training programs. She has lectured and taught on infant mental health, aliveness and deadness, and autism and autistic states of mind.

Tuition (Includes CEUs): $170
Institute Members (Includes CEUs): $136
Graduate Students and Institute Candidates: $120

You may register for Part III separately, or include Parts I and II as a series.