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The Society of analytical Psychology
Creativity and Play: In search of Self throughout life.
“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self”.
Creativity and play form the heart, the locus, of our development and being. Yet in the face of adult life, with all of the emotional, environmental and political challenges of these times, how do we, as therapists, maintain a space in which creativity and play can thrive? How do we play with our patients and remain creative within ourselves?
Jung’s interest in the psyche’s purposive and creative energy often focused on dreams leading the way in this process of growth and individuation; reconnecting the disconnected parts of Self in the interest of discovering new possibilities. Play forms a crucial component of this discovery within the therapeutic encounter, and our ability to remain open to playfulness, with all of the challenges that external life throws at us in this post pandemic, politically charged, oftentimes destabilising world is something that we will consider.
This series of JPEG explores the locus of creativity and play within ourselves, our communities and in our therapeutic work. Each month we will explore aspects of creativity and play – with analytic articles combined with art, music and words, to consider our personal and collective response to the place of creativity and play within our internal and external world. The group offers a space for playing together; bringing together a social dreaming matrix with space for reflection and play within the context of the group.
In September the group will start with exploring creativity and play at the beginning of life and we’ll continue with monthly readings and videos on different aspects of creativity and play throughout the lifespan. Weaving through the course we consider the aspects of play and creativity in Jung’s writings, and we invite you to join us in an exploration of how this links to your own experience in the world.
Format: JPEG meetings are held on a Saturday afternoon once a month.
2.00 – 3.15pm: social dreaming matrix
3.15 – 3.30pm: break
3.30 – 4.00pm: dream reflections
4.00 – 4.30pm: small group discussions
4.30 – 5.00pm: large group – feedback and discussion
Entry requirement: The course is open to:
Past participants of the Foundations Course & Therapeutic Skills Course
Participants of previous JPEG groups
Current SAP trainees and course participants
Other individuals who have done an equivalent introductory course.