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TRANSFORMING TRAUMA THROUGH MYTH AND IMAGE: From African Village to American Inner City

  • Saturday, September 26, 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Founders Hall, George Mason University, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201


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Saturday, September 26

All Day Workshop

Dr. Eberhard Riedel and 

Dr. Kwame Scruggs 

This symposium views collective trauma through the unique lens of Jungian psychological theory and demonstrates how two distinguished Jungian practitioners work toward transformation of trauma outside the bounds of the consulting room

Our first speaker, Dr. Eberhard Riedel, shares insights stemming from his extensive work with traumatized communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr. Riedel inverts conventional views of trauma by disclosing the recurring presence of unresolved historical traumas underlying contemporary traumatic events. He presents a dynamic model for working with collective trauma, shifting the focus from crisis intervention to long-term change, where purposeful action energizes traumatized communities to gradually overcome traumatic paralyses.

Next, Dr. G. Kwame Scruggs, Founder and Executive Director of Alchemy, a non-profit organization based in Akron, Ohio, will speak of his twenty-year odyssey fostering the development of male urban youth through myth telling. Having worked with groups of over 1,750 American youths (and as recorded in the documentary film "Finding the Gold Within"), Alchemy was a recipient of the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award - the nation's highest honor for afterschool and out-of-school programs. Dr. Scruggs will demonstrate his unique approach by engaging us in the telling, discussion, and analysis of an ancient African myth. Participants will discover elements of the myth that they are personally living, including unseen burdens that they may be carrying while walking the road of life.

Six continuing-education credits will be available for psychologists. (This program is sponsored by the Jungian Analysts of Washington Association [JAWA]) and the Jung Society of Washington.. JAWA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. JAWA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.) For further information, please contact Rosanne Shepler at 703.242.2313.


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