Witches, Trauma, and Depth Psychology? The Practice of Psychology Today

Resistance and Radical Edges Conference, June 2017
Introduction to Dr. Donald Kalsched and clinical depth psychology by the Chair of the Clinical Psychology Department, Dr. Oksana Yakushko

On the weekend of June 16-18 of 2017 The Retreat at Pacifica Graduate Institute hosted over one-hundred guests at the landmark conference Response at the Radical Edge: Depth Psychology for the 21st Century. Chair of Pacifica’s Clinical Psychology Program, Dr. Oksana Yakushko, welcomed guests on the morning of June 17th and gave some opening remarks. We hope you enjoy the replay of the live presentation. If you would prefer, Dr. Yakushko has kindly offered her written speech which you can access below the video.

You can also access the transcript of the lecture at Pacifica Post.

The Core Complex of a Traumatized Psyche

Opening Keynote presentation by Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., Response at the Radical Edge: Depth Psychology for the 21st Century
Summary article by Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.


“The false God changes suffering into violence. The true God changes violence into suffering,” begins Jungian analyst Donald Kalsched, quoting Simone Weil, French philosopher, mystic, and political activist [1], at the “Response at the Radical Edge” conference at Pacifica Graduate Institute. That day, Kalsched was up in the dark hours before dawn reworking his talk, which he gave a new title, “Healthy and Unhealthy: Hatred in the Psyche and In the Country.” He noted that the “false god” is abroad in the country at the moment, and while many in the field of Depth Psychology are working hard on behalf of “the true God” who turns violence into suffering, they are finding it difficult in a culture that supports the “false God” in this scenario.

Continue reading at Pacifica Post.

Interrogating the Limits of Trauma Language

A conversation on sexual abuse narratives in art making and storytelling

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The panel explores cultural narratives of gender-based violence and victimhood, the complexities of reclaiming pleasures that are intrinsically connected to pain, and the repositioning of incest and other forms of childhood abuse as a structural problem that occurs within the family institution.

Read transcripts of the panel discussion at GUERNICA.

Are Women Allowed to Love Their Jobs?

My grandmother worked. My mother worked. But I’m the
only one who was encouraged to seek fulfillment in a career.

MILCK – “Quiet”

As a survivor of anorexia, abuse, and depression, I can say that I have let the overwhelming pressures of filling media/society’s expectations of “how a woman should be” overwhelm and silence my inner voices – without even realizing I was doing it. Until… I just couldn’t breathe anymore. As I live more days on this planet now, I can say with full confidence that there are no standards or rules worth crushing our soul bones to fit into. Life gets better when we just… let it out.

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Child Sexual Abuse in organisations and institutions

Over recent years we have seen a growing recognition of the problem of child sexual abuse, both historically and non-recent, ranging from sexual abuse by celebrities, institutional child sexual abuse and sexual abuse within the criminal justice system (i.e., the police & prison service ); which have resulted in a series of inquiries in to institutional child sexual abuse in England and Wales ( Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse , the Office for the Children’s Commissioner’s report into CSA in the Family Environment ), Scotland ( Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry ), Northern Ireland ( Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry ) and Australia ( Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Source: Child Sexual Abuse in organisations and institutions