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Glen Slater, Ph.D. - The God Complex
Good Shepherd Center (Wallingford Senior Center, lower level)
Seattle, WA
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Friday Mar 22, 2013 7:00 PM - Friday Mar 22, 2013 9:00 PM | $15.00 - $25.00


Glen Slater, Ph.D. - The God Complex
Glen Slater, Ph.D.

Friday, March 22nd Lecture:
The God Complex

Notions of divinity are psychoactive. Whether one is a believer, an atheist, an agnostic or a spiritual seeker, it's difficult to contemplate questions of God without significant investment in the answers.  

This lecture will discuss our personal and cultural responses to the God topic. It will show how a Jungian approach can help us negotiate the associated conundrums and controversies. From contemplating the "death of God" to the psychodynamics of fundamentalism and the search for meaning in between, our goal will be a deeper appreciation of the psychological stakes involved.    

The role religion continues to play in today's secular world is distressing to some and comforting to others. Jung's notion of a "Religious instinct" and his understanding of the "God-image" in the psyche provide a point of entry into the controversy and a fitting perspective for our times.

Through viewing film clips, personal reflection and discussion of the changing God-image, this workshop aims to equip participants with timely, intelligent ways to approach prevailing religious questions. It will move toward contemplating a sense of the sacred that is conversant with the spirit of the times.

Lecture/Workshop Learning Objectives:
A. Learning objectives as related to the practice of social work: To understand the psychological significance and implications of current religious controversies.
 1. To identify the key psychological patterns involved in approaching questions of God.  
 2. To grasp the psychodynamics of religious fundamentalism.
 3. To formulate a psychotherapeutic stance in relation to the religious beliefs of individuals

B. Information that can be used in clinical practice:
 1. Comprehension of the role of religious ideas in the organization of the human psyche.
 2. Knowledge of the cultural-historical background of the contemporary spiritual crisis.
 3. Understanding the relation between psychological symptoms and the search for purpose and meaning.
 4. Awareness of how one's personal spiritual orientation relates to current religious questions and controversies.
 5. Strategies for discussing the psychology of religion in both clinical and learning settings.

About the presenter:
Glen Slater, Ph.D., has studied and trained in religious studies and clinical psychology. For the past 16 years he has taught Jungian and archetypal psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He edited and introduced the third volume of James Hillman's Uniform Edition, Senex and Puer, as well as a volume of essays by Pacifica faculty, Varieties of Mythic Experience, (with Dennis Patrick Slattery) and has contributed a number of essays to Spring journal and other Jungian publications.

CEU Certificates:
Programs presented by the C. G. Jung Society, Seattle  (unless otherwise noted) have approved CEUs by the Washington Chapter National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-157.
Lecture only $10
Workshop only $10
Lecture & Workshop $15
Speakers with a different admission schedule will be noted in the newsletter and a different admission schedule will be noted in the newsletter and online.

Note: participants who wish to attend both the lecture and workshop must register for the workshop separately.


Good Shepherd Center (Wallingford Senior Center, lower level) (View)
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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