Dr. Schwartz received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1991. He earned a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley and spent a year studying Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. In 2003, Dr. Schwartz completed psychoanalytic training at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute, a member institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Dan Schwartz to our PsyD department,” said Ron Pilato, PsyD, Chair of the PsyD program. “He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and resources from his background in attachment theory and research at University of Michigan, UCSF, and Stanford. His professional training in psychoanalysis informs his specialized approach working with children and adults in private practice. His expertise in psychodiagnostic assessment adds breadth and depth to our faculty team.”
Dr. Schwartz was a Fellow in the University of Michigan’s Interdisciplinary Program on Child Abuse and Neglect, and completed a Traineeship at the Infant-Parent Program at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), working with low-income families and their infants. He also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University’s Medical School.
Both his doctoral research and clinical training were focused in the area of attachment theory. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked for two years in Professor Mary Main’s lab, studying the attachment relationships of infants and their parents, and looking across the lifespan using the data set of University of California, Berkeley Institute for Human Development.
For over 15 years, Dr. Schwartz taught and supervised residents in the Department of Psychiatry at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, ending up as a Voluntary Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He also taught for several years in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Miami Medical School, as well as teaching graduate students in the Departments of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami. In addition, he taught courses to analytic candidates at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute. For seven years, as a Full-time Teaching Analyst, he directed the Institute’s two-year certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
For over 20 years, Dan maintained a full-time private practice working with adults, couples, adolescents, and children in psychotherapy. Since 1999, he has worked intensively with individuals in analysis, a specialized treatment modality. Additionally, Dan conducted psychological testing with adults and children, focusing on projective personality assessment. His practice in South Florida enabled him to work with underserved populations – adults and children struggling with acculturation and diversity concerns.
Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. For more information on the PsyD program, please visit antiochsb.edu/psyd.
Posted on February 10, 2016
Award for Excellence in Professionalism
Kayleigh Hay: Kayleigh is currently in her pre-doctoral CAPIC Internship at the Lifeskills Treatment Program in the Los Angeles area. Kayleigh has excelled in learning clinical supervision and management.
Suzanne Frost: Suzanne is a third year PsyD student, and her first practicum was at the Hillmont House, where she was also recognized for her outstanding contribution and professionalism as a doctoral student. Suzanne worked with the severely mentally ill in both group and individual therapy. This year she is providing therapy for students and their families at a local elementary school.
Samuel Ballou: Samuel is a third year PsyD student, and his practicum site is with A New Start for Moms in Ventura County Behavioral Health. He works with single-parent women and also with the homeless. He gained experience with quantitative research at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program. And he speaks five languages!
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship
Michelle Greenspoon Barrett: Michelle has completed and presented her dissertation on “The Relationship Between Empathy and Humor Styles and Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Public Mental Health Workplace,” passed her professional competency evaluation, and is on track to be placed in her pre-doctoral internship. Michelle has excelled in research and is a published author.
Award for Excellence in Social Justice
Francisco Ramirez: Cisco’s practicum site is the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and he works with children in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plans. He developed a non-profit organization with a colleague that provides mental health assistance to first responders. Cisco has been a police officer and also served five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
AUSB’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. To learn more, visit www.antiochsb.edu/psyd.
Posted December 22, 2015
Dr. Salvador Treviño, Core Faculty and Director of Practicum in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, was the keynote speaker at The Lyceum: Mental Health Awards and Education Luncheon presented by the Community Counseling Center on Friday, October 9 in Pismo Beach.
Dr. Treviño’s keynote speech focused on “Ancestral Knowledge in Dreams,” and he also led a bonus Continuing Education Workshop on “Latino Immigration, Cultural Trauma, and Cultural Complex.”
“Dreams not only have a personal domain but a transpersonal realm that moves away from the private world of the dreamer and into the larger encompassing field of culture and history,” Dr. Treviño said. “Knowledge of these realms is constructed by talking, listening, and reflecting on dream images that have captured the social, cultural, and historical experiences of a community of people.”
The event also included the presentation of a Community Counseling Center scholarship to Betty Purify, a student in the AUSB PsyD program.
AUSB’s PsyD program prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. Learn more at www.antiochsb.edu/psyd.
Community Counseling Center is a non-profit mental provider staffed by qualified, state-licensed volunteer therapists or graduate level, supervised interns that has been serving San Luis Obispo County since 1968. The primary purpose is to assist individuals and families to develop the ability to find solutions, makes choices, learn healthy coping skills, and initiate changes when life becomes difficult during times of transition, depression, anxiety, trauma, and uncertainty.
The event was sponsored by Compass Health, Inc. and the Ventana Grill, and all proceeds benefit Community Counseling Center training and education programs.
Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Antioch University Santa Barbara has partnered with the Santa Barbara Unified School District to provide in-school counseling services for schoolchildren and their families.
The partnership was formed between Dr. Salvador Treviño, Core Faculty and Director of Practicum for AUSB’s PsyD program, and Raul Ramirez, EdD, Assistant Superintendent at SBUSD.
Beginning in the current Fall Quarter, five PsyD students are taking part. They are: Rocio Andrade, Suzanne Frost, Mazy Karandish, Francisco Ramirez, and Ray Sullivan.
AUSB’s students will be working at Roosevelt, Washington, Monroe, and McKinley elementary schools in SBUSD. The school district and AUSB also have partnered with Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
AUSB’s PsyD program prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. Learn more about the PsyD program at antiochsb.edu/psyd.
Posted October 13, 2015
Dr. Don Fineberg, an adjunct faculty in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, recently led a continuing education workshop in conjunction with the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico.
Dr. Fineberg’s workshop was on August 1 and was entitled “From the Novel through the Opera: Narrative Continuity and Ethical Dilemmas in Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain,” was part of Santa Fe’s Opera and Psychology series, which he has been involved in for almost 20 years.
Dr. Fineberg also conducted a conversation with the source novel’s author, Charles Frazier. The news program PBS News Hour was on hand to film a behind-the-scenes segment on the production, although Dr. Fineberg does not appear in the finished piece.
The Psychology of Cold Mountain’s Narrative: From Novel to Libretto, by Don Fineberg, MD
Lessons learned from teaching for 20 years (mostly psychology, oft times English) converged in the year’s Opera and Psychology seminar. The seminar focused on Charles Frazer’s best-selling novel, Cold Mountain, as interpreted in the world-premier opera of the same name and capped off a whirlwind week with the author, including a discussion with students at the opera and an hour-long “conversation” at Collected Works bookstore. This presentation before a SRO crowd also included Gene Sheer, who converted the novel into the brilliant libretto. A PBS News Hour crew videotaped the event. The Opera and Psychology seminar investigated the powerful narrative at the core of both the novel and the opera.
When asked about the story of your life, what crosses your mind? Most people reflect on biographical highlights: when you were born, where you grew up, what school you attended, who you married, or how you make a living. That’s one kind of story. Yet, each one of us lives a second, even more important story – the “narrative” of our life.
Narrative informs our every thought, feeling and action. It remembers our past and anticipates our future. Consider this: if Hollywood made a movie of your life, starring YOU, the director would proclaim you the greatest acting talent ever to appear on screen. In every scene, the way you talk, act, express emotion is a perfect you! Put in an unexpected situation, you respond completely as you. Surely, you would be a favorite for the academy award. How do you do it? How does anyone do it? Simply put, our brains reinforce our personal narratives 24/7. It is our personality. It is how we live our lives.
The opera, Cold Mountain, sheds light on this process. The music, through-sung text (without spoken dialogue), acting and direction translated the lush, descriptive novel into a powerful evening’s performance. It narrated the same story: a tale with archetypal power, about a Confederate soldier’s longing for and travels towards home after he deserts in the closing months of the Civil War. The story detailed his trek, as well as the challenges experienced by Ada, his love at home awaiting his return. Reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey, but not exactly parallel in content, this core human longing vibrates in each of us as we chart the course of our life, emancipating from mother, parents, family and community and carve a life uniquely ours.
Unlike the real world, opera must make clear the motives and feelings of the characters that inform their actions. Opera has the unique capacity to express all of these for characters as individuals, in duets, trios, quartets, quintets and of course moving chorus pieces. Sometimes, the music itself reveals the character’s inner life. Sometimes, the music weaves together the thoughts sung aloud simultaneously by several characters. In Cold Mountain, for example, one dramatic passage uses the symbol of “fences” – literal and psychological. The barriers we construct as well as those erected around us. The “fences” clearly represent something different to each character, even when they sing the exact same text. As with every great work of art, we find that the opera reflects, informs and sometimes inspires our quest to fulfill our personal longings for love and achievement.
Psychology brings a perceptive lens to opera narrative. With a variety of psychological approaches, we can deepen our appreciation of the narrative that unfolds before our eyes. WP Inman, the protagonist, has suffered terribly with physical and psychological wounds. How do the symptoms of his post-traumatic stress inform his actions, his character and ultimately his fate? Ada, his love, has chosen to survive the hardship of subsistence farming rather than return to the genteel life of the city where she was educated and raised. Through the opera’s story, we can better understand the motivations that lead to these decisions. As psychotherapists we ask, how do people’s experiences determine their life choices? What shapes their narratives into adaptive and functional lives? Or, what parts of their own stories undermine their striving for health and personal growth? The Opera and Psychology seminar had the advantage of asking these questions of fictional characters without conflicts of confidentiality.
Cold Mountain’s narrative invites us to explore relevant personal and social issues: Security – too much is confinement and too little is fearful chaos; Crisis – step up as a hero or shrink back as a coward; Setbacks – respond with resiliency or get mired in misfortune. Do we live in a world that makes sense or remains mysterious as we tell ourselves the story of our lives? As psychotherapists, we help others through these dilemmas. We seek ethical ways to guide people on these journeys. However, as this compelling opera reminds us, we all traverse the uncertain challenges of life. And, we all can embrace a narrative that meets these challenges.
Lisa Firestone, PhD, an adjunct faculty with Antioch University Santa Barbara’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, will lead a free seminar entitled “Suicide: What Therapists Need to Know” at Westmont College on Saturday, September 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In this half-day workshop, Dr. Firestone will provide an in-depth understanding of the dynamics in suicide and of the legal, ethical, and case management issues when dealing with suicidal clients. She will outline the most up-to-date and effective treatment methods and provide training that can help save a life.
The workshop will:
- Provide the latest findings on warning signs and risk factors for suicide.
- Offer a conceptual model and a developmental perspective on the dynamics underlying suicide.
- Explore the internal struggle the ambivalence of suicide through expert interviews and insight provided by three survivors of very lethal suicide attempts.
- Address both objective assessment and the formation of clinical judgment.
- Inform participants about recent research on empirically validated treatment approaches.
- Provide participants with state of the art crisis management strategies and opportunities to practice them.
In addition to teaching at AUSB, Dr. Firestone has been a practicing clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles for the last 20 years and works as the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association.
As a community service for National Suicide Prevention Month, there is no fee for this workshop. Attendees may earn four Continuing Education (CE) Units with a $25 fee. For more information and to register, visit glendon.org.
CE’s for this workshop are being provided by AUSB, who are approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs. AUSB maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Almost 150 Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) students walked across the stage to collect their hard-earned diplomas at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort on Friday, June 19, and transitioned from student to alumni.
At this year’s commencement, 147 students received degrees from AUSB’s academic programs. Of those, 77 received their Bachelor of Arts degrees; 13 completed the Graduate Education and Credentialing program; 42 finished the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program; 5 received their Master’s in Psychology degrees; and 10 completed the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program.
Dr. Nancy Leffert, AUSB President, and Victoria Riskin, chair of the AUSB Board of Trustees, gave welcoming remarks, and Lynn Houston, who received her BA from AUSB in 2011 and was honored with this year’s Distinguished Graduate Award, spoke on behalf of the alumni.
“It is my honor this year, as it is every year, to usher a new class of Antioch graduates into the world to continue the good work they have already begun on furthering their careers and professional lives,” Leffert said.
Linda Hoover, who graduated from the PsyD program, and Miranda Rich, a Bachelor of Arts graduate with concentrations in Communication & Media and Marketing, were named as the commencement student speakers.
“Being selected as a commencement speaker is the crowning jewel in my academic journey,” Hoover said. “I am honored by the privilege to represent the PsyD program and graduates this year.”
“My Antioch experience taught me that the goal of my education was not to leave knowing the threats that exist today but is to leave having the passion to fight them,” Rich said.
Susan Lang, MA, an affiliate faculty member at AUSB, received the 5th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching at the ceremony.
Lang has taught at AUSB for over 15 years in both the Graduate Education and Bachelor of Arts programs and routinely receives stellar student evaluations. Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Barbara Lipinski wrote that Susan’s “dedication to student learning and success in the areas of child development, psychology, and education is commendable. She brings innovative learning techniques that make the material in challenging courses accessible and comprehensible.”
Linda Hoover, a student in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, and Miranda Rich, who will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Communication & Media and Marketing, have been named as the Antioch University Santa Barbara 2015 Commencement speakers.
This year’s commencement will take place on Friday, June 19, from 2:00-4:00pm at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort at 633 East Cabrillo Blvd. in Santa Barbara. For more information on the ceremony, please visit antiochsb.edu/commencement.
“Being selected as a commencement speaker is the crowning jewel in my academic journey,” Linda said. “I am honored by the privilege to represent the PsyD program and graduates this year.”
Graduates-to-be from all programs submitted speeches to a panel comprised of faculty from all programs. The committee reviewed each without knowing the authors’ identities on writing quality, interest to a general audience, evidence of critical thinking, and consistency with the following theme:
Antioch University’s mission is to provide “…education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.” How has this mission been manifested in your experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara?
“My Antioch experience taught me that the goal of my education was not to leave knowing the threats that exist today, but is to leave having the passion to fight them,” Miranda said.
“Antioch exposed me to a world of new ideas, diverse cultures, and endless possibilities,” Linda added. “I was given the opportunity to see the world through my neighbor’s eyes, and discover something about others as well as myself in the process.”
Congratulations to all upcoming 2015 Antioch University Santa Barbara graduates!
Dr. Ron Pilato, Chair and Core Faculty of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), has joined the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Board of Directors.
Dr. Pilato will Chair the Continuing Education Committee of the Board with the responsibility for developing continuing education events that meet California Board of Psychology and American Psychological Association criteria for Continuing Education.
“I am happy to accept this invitation to serve the SBCPA Board of Directors in this way,” he said. “I see many potential opportunities for Antioch and the Association to collaborate on providing pragmatic, cutting edge continuing education programs in the near future.”
The Antioch University Santa Barbara Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology offers students a doctoral level practitioner-scholar training in clinical psychology, preparing them for multiple roles in the field. Learn more about the program at antiochsb.edu/psyd.
Four students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program have been placed in prestigious internships at Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) sites.
James Chavers placed at Case Western/University Counseling Services in Cleveland, Ohio. “I believe that Antioch is beginning to develop a reputation in the industry as a school that is preparing students to be solid clinicians with a social justice emphasis,” James said. “I believe that this PsyD program is helping me on my journey to be the clinician and healer I aspire to be.”
Crystal Gonsalves will be working at the University of Washington-Tacoma. “The staff at Antioch University and my fellow cohort members have helped me grow both on a professional and personal level more so than I could have ever expected,” Crystal said. “I continue to be amazed at the level of warmth and knowledge expressed by my professors and their genuine care and concern for my continued growth. I have found it difficult to put into words how much this experience has meant to me and how thankful I am to everyone including my family, my wonderful cohort members and the professors.”
Yoseline Lopez-Marroquin will be heading to Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, which is an American Psychological Association accredited site. Yoseline said, “I’ve been an Antioch student for over five years, and it has been a key factor in my life changes and developmental growth. Others are drawn to us, and I like being part of an academic family that is quite unique.”
Cameron Ziedler also placed at an APA-accredited site at Coalinga State Hospital with the California Psych Intern Consortium in Fresno. “Antioch University Santa Barbara prepared me as a practitioner and scholar in a rigorous environment set for achieving academic excellence,” Cameron said. “Their scholarly model, designed with a very personal student-centered approach, provided state-of-the-art fieldwork experience necessary for championing social justice advocacy and advancing therapeutic jurisprudence. Antioch does not just teach us to become expert psychologists, but promotes our professional development to become meaningful healers who work with intention, determination, and compassion.”
Dalia Ruiz, a student in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been chosen to present at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ (ISTSS) 30th annual meeting.
In a poster format, Dalia will present “An Application of Developmental Theories to Understand the Impact of Trauma on Latino Children.” The presentation will center on understanding the effect of trauma and interpersonal violence on Latino children based on age, motor and cognitive abilities, and cultural factors with the goal of developing more effective treatment approaches. She is scheduled to present on Friday, Nov. 7 at the conference in Miami, Florida.
“I have always had a love for children, and it was my initial interest in children and my curiosity on childhood trauma that pushed me to enroll in a doctoral program,” Dalia said. “At Antioch, I have been taught that contextual/systemic influences are crucial factors in lifespan development. Ultimately, it is this perspective that has led to my idea of exploring the specific factors for Latino children as they relate to witnessing interparental violence.”
The overall theme of the ISTSS meeting – “Healing Lives and Communities: Addressing the Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Life Span” – is a perfect fit for Dalia’s area of study, and she said AUSB’s intimate environment is helping her prepare.
“Being able to participate in small classes has helped sharpen my communication and presentation skills and has given me the confidence needed to be able to undertake this,” Dalia said. “In the end, however, it has been the instructors’ support and emphasis on fostering every student’s own special interest that has made this possible.”
For more information on the ISTSS meeting, visit www.istss.org.
Dr. Kia-Keating received both his doctorate in Human Development and Psychology and his Master’s degree in Developmental Research Methodology from Harvard University and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. For his postdoctoral training, he focused on understanding genetic and environmental contributors to mental health at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
Prior to joining Antioch University Santa Barbara, Dr. Brett Kia-Keating taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and National University.
Antioch University Santa Barbara is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Ronald Pilato as the new Chair of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program.
With over 15 years of teaching, clinical, and research experience in higher education, Dr. Pilato most recently served as Interim Chair and Director of Clinical Training at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California. A licensed psychologist who practiced privately in San Francisco, his expertise includes spiritual competencies for clinical psychologists, prevention of clinician burn-out, the integration of cultural diversity in clinical training, and mindfulness-based approaches.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Pilato join our faculty and lead our doctoral program in Clinical Psychology,” said AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert. “His professional background makes him the ideal person to ensure that we are able to build on our program’s excellence and develop new areas of study that will meet the needs of our community.”
Dr. Pilato has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of California, San Francisco Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore. In 2005, he developed Pronto Seminars to provide continuing education on self-care for healthcare professionals.
Dr. Pilato earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute’s highly regarded program in 2002. His dissertation explored potential links between genetics and alcoholism as part of a larger study at the UCSF Department of Neurology. He completed his post-doctoral work at at the UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute providing treatment and coordination in behavioral health clinical trials funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Antioch University’s PsyD program integrates a sound theoretical basis with clinical practice. Students have the opportunity to integrate cutting-edge psychological training, theory, practice, and research, while sharpening and applying the skills of a true clinician – observation, analysis, intervention, and evaluation – for the benefit of their clients. AUSB PsyD graduates are prepared to become licensed psychologists providing essential services to today’s diverse population.
Dr. Salvador Treviño, Clinical Faculty and Director of Practicum in the PsyD program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, credits his parents for instilling in him the value of an education and the work ethic needed to achieve his goals.
“My parents were hard workers, and so they instilled that principle in me,” Dr. Treviño said. “They became the most influential people in my life.”
Dr. Treviño also credits the mentorship of his professors in shaping his career and life.
View the video interview with Dr. Treviño in English and Spanish below:
The 2013-2014 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series successfully wrapped up last Saturday, June 7, with a well-attended seminar “The Road Not Taken: Mining Nostalgia for the Riches of Mid-Life.”
Presented by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, the Chair of the MA in Clinical Psychology program, this seminar discussed the ways in which nostalgia can serve as a resource for inspiring creativity and cultivating life satisfaction in the second half of life. Practitioners gained tools to help clients access latent dreams, goals, and aspirations associated with nostalgia to cultivate creativity, meaningful productivity, while increasing life satisfaction.
This was the fifth and final seminar of the series. The other four seminar topics covered in the past several months include the following: “Navigating the DSM-V: There is Life After the DSM-IV TR,” “The Power of Compassionate Self-Inquiry: A Unique Clinical Approach to Addiction,” “Returning Home: Treating Veterans and Their Families,” and “Pacing the Work with Trauma: Assessing Activation and Resiliency in the Therapeutic Process.”
This year-long series for professionals and community members provides continuing education units and features experts in a variety of fields related to psychology, relationships, healthy living, and healthy aging – to name a few.
The upcoming 2014-2015 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series is being finalized and will be announced shortly; it is slated to begin in November with a Saturday workshop on Healing Trauma Through Somatic Approaches.
The title of her presentation “Why Do You Feed Salt to a Zombie?” is enough to make anyone curious. Dr. Lee Weiser, professor in AUSB’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, will present her psychological research at the International Association of Jungian Studies Conference, June 27-29, at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona.
All of the presentations at the conference have rich connections to the conference theme of “Rebirth and Renewal,” deriving from Carl G. Jung’s psychological theories tied to rebirth and renewal, which evolved from his travels around the world studying different cultures and indigenous people groups.
The following is an excerpt from Dr. Weiser’s abstract:
Zombies are the latest craze in entertainment, but they actually have a complex literary history stretching back to the earliest written records of Sumer and Greece. Why is it that world lore about humans who have been brought back to life is overwhelmingly bloodthirsty and repugnant? … Consider the parallels with the aftermath of trauma, a hidden loss of life force so painful that it feels like a waking death; where the body goes on moving in the land of the living, but the mind slips into a Zombie-like state ordinarily reserved for dreams or madness. Jung called death “the unproblamatical ending of individual existence,” (1965) but what if, due to circumstances beyond personal control, psyche “turns” while still alive? And what if, mornings upon rising, the challenge is to reanimate the nervous system in order to pretend to move among the living? How does a conscious rebirth follow an encounter with the deadly, unbearably unjust, and unfair outerworld?
Dr. Lee Weiser is a licensed clinical psychologist who holds a BS in Child Development, an MA in Human Behavior, and a PhD degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology.
Learn more about PsyD program at AUSB.