Healing After The Darkness: Bringing The Light

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Healing After Darkness: Bringing The Light with Dr. Fanny Brewster, May 23rd

How can looking into the body, hearts and minds of our community help us see our way forward out of the collective hardship that the covid 19 pandemic represents? How do we each hold a key to this shared endeavor?

Please join us for an immersive experiential journey guided by Dr. Fanny Brester, author and Jungian analyst, and co-led by practitioners from a diverse range of spiritual and depth psychology informed modalities as we traverse the inner terrain between darkness and light.

The day will include practices of expressive arts, somatic inquiry, writing, dream work, and active imagination. Each individual practitioner will bring their own area of expertise to facilitate an integrative process for participants to deepen self awareness and explore what is being called from beneath the fertile soil into the light.

5 CEUS offered for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs

(4 CEUs for attending the event, 1 CEU for listening to a related podcast to be released early next week!).

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Healing after the darkness: Bringing the light, May 23rd, 10am-2:30pm PST

Meeting ID: 979 771 5174

Schedule of the day:

10-11:00 Convening Circle led by Fanny Brewster, Ph.D.

11-11:30 Somatic practice led by Niralli D'Costa, LMFT

11:30-12:15 Art therapy led by Kate McIntosh, Ph.D.

Lunch break

12:45-1:30 Being in between Dream work/AI led by Nadia Khalil Thalji, Ph.D,

1:30-2:30 Writing and closing circle led by Fanny Brewster, Ph.D.

We look forward to seeing you on May, 23rd!

SDP Specialization

Matt Silverstein, PhD, director, core faculty

Niralli D'Costa, LMFT, affiliate faculty

Katherine Smith, PsyD, affiliate faculty

Kylee Donohue, SDP graduate work-study

Josh Lu, SDP graduate work-study

Welcome Back Dr. Brewster!

Dr. Fanny Brewster is a Jungian analyst and author of poetry and nonfiction.

Her books include African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows has recently been published by Routledge (2017). Archetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss (2018) and most recently The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race. Her poems from Journey: The Middle Passage have appeared in the Psychological Perspectives Journal (2016) in which she was Featured Poet. Dr. Brewster is a Core Faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts. She is an international lecturer and workshop presenter on Jungian Psychology related topics.
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Somatic Practice: Niralli D'Costa LMFT

In this module we will explore somatic practice to facilitate increased access to the felt sense. Niralli will guide participants through an exploration of themes related to darkness and light, contraction and expansion via breath and movement. Layers of embodied experience will be revealed and connections between mind, body, emotions, and energy will be made.
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Niralli D’Costa is a licensed psychotherapist (MFT #54007), certified eco-therapist, teacher, and practitioner of integrative energy healing modality Syntara System. Niralli received her MA from the Somatic Psychology department at John F. Kennedy University and has taught at the intersections of social justice, embodied spiritual practice, and nature-based elemental healing at a range of institutions. She currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Mind Body Therapy Certificate Program at Embodied Philosophy, the Ecotherapy Certificate Program at Earth Body Institute, and as affiliate faculty in the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization at Antioch University

Active Imagination and Transformation in Liminal Times: Nadia Thalji, Ph.D

Symbolic Aspect of the Pandemic: A Personal and Collective Perspective

The relationship between image and emotion has long been a central feature of Jungian analysis. Through contemplative practices of engaging with dream images, and active imagination, Nadia gains access to the images concealed in the emotions of immigrants and indigenous peoples during the pandemic. This symbolic activity deepens our understanding of working with the negative and positive valence of images and dreams. Nadia helps us understand the symbolic aspect of the pandemic from a personal and collective perspective. In this initiatory process, we will explore the mediating function of images bridging the conflict of opposites.

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Nadia Thalji is a culturally sensitive and analytically-oriented clinician and supervisor working in San Francisco, Bay Area. She hosted the global seminars: "Stories of Resilience and Wellbeing Across the Pandemic and Beyond" in celebration of the UN International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples and "Mental Health, Resilience and Wellbeing" in the UN Cultural Diversity Day. Nadia Thalji, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, MA in Culture and Spirituality and BA in Performing Arts

Multimodal Art: Melissa “Kate" McIntosh, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC

Zooming to the Beyond: A Multimodal Approach to Stretching Outside the Boxes of Post-Pandemic & Screen Fatigue

Zooming to the beyond requires us to stretch outside the confined boxes of screens and reimagine new ways of being during pandemic times. This multimodal art making module will utilize drawing materials (pen/pencil, paper), meditation, visualization, movement, and music to better explore the collective exhaustion of working within the constraints of screens. This workshop engages participants through a series of experiential activities to process their individual experience in the hope of elucidating meaning.

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Melissa “Kate" McIntosh, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC is a NYC based and depth-oriented psychotherapist. Experienced in facilitating groups in diverse settings including a homeless women’s shelter, a community in Alto Cayma, Peru, a K-12 school, and college counseling center, Kate understands how the arts can be a conduit for healing darkness. Most recently, she completed her dissertation research to better understand how community engaged arts projects facilitated healing in post-Katrina New Orleans.
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The Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization explores the intersections between mindfulness-based therapy, Jungian-based analytic psychology, and socio-cultural diversity consciousness.