A Retreat with Michael Conforti – 9/23-9/24

The Red Shoes In Partnership with The C.G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge Present
A Retreat with Michael Conforti, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

“The world hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man…” Carl Jung
When the Gods Are Silent | September 23-24 , 2016
Living Through Times of Turmoil and Trauma
Friday, September 23, 7-9 PM
Throughout history we have lived through times when the Gods were silent -The Crusades, The Holocaust, and endless inhumane wars. Now, we encounter unthinkable acts of violence in our own backyards. The “secure” spaces of schools, movie theaters and shopping malls have morphed into settings of violence. The recent murders in Baton Rouge and Dallas have painfully brought the reality of the cultural shadow or dark unconscious aspects and its manifestations to the fore of our lives. We are experiencing a world that has lost its bearings, a world where politics and religion seem incapable of healing – and often fuel the storm. Our Gods are silent once more…or their voices go unheard. Dr. Conforti will explore the psychic conditions responsible for this plight and the moral response demanded from each of us. Mental health professionals will be able to help clients deal with their shadow side and find new possibilities of healing from cultural trauma.


Dreams and the Eclipse of God: Pointing the Way to the Transcendent Function
Saturday, September 24, 9 AM-1:30 PM
How do we separate our personal interpretation of a dream from its archetypal meaning so we can receive the larger message? Since the beginning of time, humanity has found ways to listen to The Self, to the transcendent and to a wisdom which exists beyond conscious perception. This was the world familiar to Jung and upon which he built his work with dreams, symbols, Self and the Objective Psyche. However, in contemporary culture, we find the contributions of Jung eclipsed by an emphasis on individual feelings and reactions to dreams. Such a personal rendering of the dream, while meaningful in identifying one’s complexes and personal biases, does little to attend to the dream’s innate, archetypal and spiritual meaning. The dream reveals a truth about life, and this meaning is often muted by individual perception and consciousness. It is this tension between the secular and the sacred, the personal and the archetypal, that will be explored in this seminar. These themes will be illustrated through the presentation of dreams from clinical practice, the Bible and from historical figures. Counselors will learn ways to vary the focus of dream analysis to achieve counseling goals. Mental health professionals will learn ways to vary the focus of a dream through separating personal from archetypal meaning.
Michael Conforti, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Mystic, CT, and the founder and director of the Assisi Institute. He was a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston, and the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York.
Friday $20/Saturday $65
Early Bird Combo $75 / After September 10 combo $80
Credit Hours available Friday (2) and Saturday (4), $10 each certificate
This program has been approved for a total of 6 hours of continuing education credit (2 hours for Friday, 4 hours for Saturday; attend both for 6 hours or just one program) by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners. Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals will receive a Certificate of Completion to give to their respective Licensing Boards. Call Patricia Hare Pizer at 225-247-7737 for more information.
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