The Function of Symbols in Trauma Transformation*

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  •  April 29, 2023
     1:00 pm CDT - 3:00 pm CDT

Held via Zoom
Ryan Maher
CEUs: 2

*Limited to 20 participants. 

Our understanding of trauma and its effective treatment approaches have increased dramatically over the last two decades. Much of the focus has centered on neurobiology and physiology, leading to invaluable insights into how trauma is experienced and stored in the mind as well as the body. While our knowledge of the biological processes resulting from traumatic experiences has grown, our appreciation for the role of the psyche has diminished. This often leaves therapists unequipped to access areas of traumatic experience and recovery that are less material, yet still of great importance. This presentation proposes the need to reintegrate the psyche in trauma work and investigates how this supports the potential of the symbolic to emerge as a conduit for cohesion, meaning, and transformation. Jung’s ideas regarding the transcendent function and complexes guide our inquiry into the psychic and symbolic elements in the trauma field.

*This presentation will be most useful to clinicians who provide psychotherapy or other treatment modalities.

About the Instructor
Ryan is a psychotherapist in private practice near Seattle and is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he focused his study on the treatment of trauma. He integrates a relational and depth psychological perspective into his practice and works with individuals and couples navigating significant life changes, personal and relational conflicts, and feelings of purposelessness/lack of meaning. Ryan brings warmth, compassion, and an affirming energy to the therapy process.

Ryan completed a post-graduate training program in Jungian Psychotherapy and is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Counseling Association, The Breathe Network, and is an affiliate member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.

Suggested Reading
Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption, Donald Kalsched
The Archetypal Imagination, James Hollis
Trauma and Dissociation Informed Psychotherapy: Relational Healing and the Therapeutic Connection, Elizabeth Howell

*Program CEUs are an additional $15 processing fee. Please note that the current CEU processing time is around 3-4 weeks.



This event will be hosted online through Zoom.
Further info will be provided after registration.