"Certainty vs. Doubt: The Ethics of Integrity"
Lecture Description: What role does integrity play in ethical decision making? When we are ready to engage the ethical questions and concerns encountered in our personal and/or professional lives, is the choice we make accompanied by certainty, or by doubt? As we become more conscious of the meaning and place ethics has in our lives, on what does our responsibility to act ethically, and with integrity, finally rest?
Carl Jung, with Erich Neumann following close behind him, long ago introduced what came to be known as the new ethic. In more recent years, other Jungians have joined them with their own ideas and perspectives that together challenge each of us to bring more conscious awareness into our work and daily lives, especially wherever ethical issues exist.
The evening will include lecture and work with clips from a modern day film. It will offer an opportunity to further understand ethics from a Jungian perspective, as we explore both inner and outer influences that contribute to our certainties and/or doubts as we strive daily to become more ethical persons of integrity.
Lecture CEU Objectives:
- Compare the meanings surrounding moral versus ethics
- Gain an understanding of Carl Jung's foundational idea on what he referred to as the "New Ethic" and its relationship to both the individual and Jung's ideas regarding thecollective unconscious
- Identify ethical ideas of other psychologists (or psychoanalysts) who have followed Jung : Erich Neumann, James Yandell, John Beebe, Luigi Zoja
- Examine and explore the history of the word and ideas surrounding integrity, and its relationship to psychology, Jung, and ethics
- Discuss what is involved in an individual's choice to stand with certainty versus doubt, where ethical matters or concerns exist, partially explored by way of clips from a popular film
- Reflect on their own conclusions regarding the complexity of the film’s ethical questions, and the ethical questions that present themselves both personally and professionally
“Beginnings and Endings: A Story’s Final Chapter as in ‘Gran Torino’”
9/10/11 | Workshop 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Workshop Description: In telling the story of one's life, what might anyone have to say? Which of the hundreds or thousands of experiences, along with the individuals who shared them, occupy the pages in the story of a single life? And, what kinds of themes run through the story's chapters, from beginning to end? For anyone, what is it (on the surface, or in the deepest layers of one's existence) that creates a lasting memory – a long awaited legacy, in terms of those beginnings and endings? For you or for me, as for Walt Kowalski in “Gran Torino,” might it be the words and images that fill the pages of that final chapter that, above all else, matter most?
“Gran Torino” is a story for our times, and perhaps, a story for each of us. It is the story of one man living into the last chapter of his life. In a changing neighborhood and world that no longer resembles the home and life he once knew, Kowalski comes face to face with an unexpected, unwanted invitation. In the end, his response to the invitation rewrites the final chapter in his story. With recognition and acceptance, Walt Kowalski makes a conscious, soulful choice regarding his own life, and in doing so, leaves behind his gift for the world.
The goal of the workshop is, by way metaphoric story using film and exercises, to examine what causes one to live a "halted, soul-less" life, and then to look at the subtle opportunities presented if and when unexpected invitations arrive. The workshop will invite those present to consider the ways in which an individual who has surrendered to "not mattering in life," might come to value his/her life and contributions, in the end being able to say: "My life did matter."
Join us for a day of lecture, exercises, and discussion, as we explore the depths of psychological meaning and wisdom for us all to be found in “Gran Torino.” As the chapters of our own stories continue beginning and ending, there is much to discover, contemplate, and gather from their pages. The final chapters are yet to be; the opportunity to become better acquainted with one's own stories is now.
Workshop Methods: Methods will include the psychological use of film clips to open the door to work with one's personal story, as well as the universal stories that belong to each of us. Through lecture from a Jungian, psychological perspective, individual and group exercises, and discussion weaving through the day, participants will have an opportunity to become more consciously, psychologically, and intimately related to their own stories and the discovery of what may have prevented a fuller life, as well as encounters in their lives that might have lead (or will lead) to a more authentic, fully lived existence, especially as time goes by.
Workshop Potential: The value lies for all participants, as well as practicing professionals, to be able to listen, recognize, and work more effectively with their own stories, and/or the stories told to them by clients and patients. Value will be found in helping all participants, as well as professionals, identify those aspects that have directly influenced their own lives and/or the lives of others in both negative and positive ways, oftentimes leaving one stagnated and paralyzed in an earlier chapter of their story, as compared with living into new and final chapters that could give new life to one's own existence, or another's, while also contributing to the world around them.
Workshop CEU Objectives:
- Consider what is possible when opportunity arrives to heal and restore a life including contributing to the lives of a surrounding community and its people
- Explore and consider what it is that allows one to change their story and once again value life
- Identify their own challenges when the neighborhoods and scenes of life once familiar, have become something not previously known
- Become more consciously, psychologically and intimately related to their own stories and possibilities for a more authentic, more fully lived life
- Learn to listen with more conscious sensitivity and a deeper understanding to their own stories, and/or stories told to them by others
- Identify those aspects of one's life that might directly influence one's story in either positive or negative ways
2.0 CEUs are available for Friday’s lecture ($10). 4.5 CEUs are available for Saturday’s session ($25). If attending both sessions for CEUs, the cost is $35.
Karen Magee, MA, LMFT, LPC, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, where she has been an instructor at the Houston Jung Center for more than 20 years and has presented ethics workshops to a broad range of professional caregivers for the last 13 years. A graduate of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, she chairs the Inter-Regional’s Ethics Committee and is a senior training analyst in the Texas Seminar. Additionally, teaching ethics online, Karen is a faculty member for the Jungian Studies Program at Saybrook University. However, presenting lectures and workshops throughout Houston and nationally, Karen may be best known for her work with film as a means of psychological exploration, always inviting those present to discover something more of themselves through the lens of film.
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