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Ireland with Thomas Moore

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Educational Institute

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32nd Annual Cape Cod Symposia

Psychotherapy, Spirituality and the Soul

- Thomas Moore, Ph.D.
July 13 - 17, 2015, Cape Cod, MA

Program & Presenter

Thomas Moore, Ph.D., is internationally known for his classic book Care of the Soul and for his many writings that chart a more soulful world. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, reflected in his most recent book, A Religion of One’s Own. In his early years he was a Catholic monk, and he has been a musician, a professor of religion and psychology, and a depth psychotherapist. Dr. Moore worked closely with James Hillman and has been seriously engaged with the work of C. G. Jung throughout his career. Three of his twenty books have won the Books for a Better Life Award, and he received the humanitarian award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Symposium Description

This symposium offers a way to practice soul-based psychotherapy, an approach that has ancient roots and has unfolded in the work of C. G. Jung, James Hillman and Thomas Moore. The symposium
aims at helping psychotherapists of all kinds include soul and spirit in their work. Since psychotherapy
means, etymologically, tending the soul, this symposium would also be appropriate for anyone in
search of meaning and release from suffering.

Dr. Moore will detail the approaches of Jung and Hillman, applying their personal methods and ideas to therapy. This will include ways to deal with the images of dream, the spiritual traditions and art. Dr. Moore emphasizes Hillman’s ideas on anima mundi (the soul of the world), the polytheistic psyche, and the role of beauty. He also explores key figures in mythology that are relevant to therapy: Aphrodite, Artemis, Hermes, Daphne and Asklepios. The symposium will end with a discussion of Renaissance natural magic as it relates to therapy, shadow issues of the therapist, and finally, caring for the soul of the practitioner.

The symposium assumes that a good therapist prepares for their work by becoming a person of insight, deep education and technical ability. A key ingredient is spiritual maturity and the capacity to deal with a patient’s spiritual needs. Today, especially, it’s crucial to have some ability to help with a patient’s spiritual concerns.

Symposium Schedule

Monday

  • Jung’s confrontation with his soul, his Red Book, the Bollingen Stone
  • Mythic figures as exemplars for deep psychotherapy
  • Filmed interviews with Jung
  • Jung the magus and alchemist

Tuesday

  • James Hillman’s polytheistic psychology
  • The role of images and myth
  • Soul vs. Spirit
  • Soul in the World
  • Senex and Puer
  • Filmed interviews

Wednesday

  • Mythological insights into the archetypes of Aphrodite, Artemis, Daphne,
    Asklepios
  • Joseph Campbell’s insights into myth
  • Campbell’s four functions of myth and the pattern of departure, adventure and return

Thursday

  • Hermes as a necessary shadow in therapy
  • Liminality, transitional phases and border positions in therapy
  • Insights from Winnicott on play structures in therapy
  • Healing ways of the Lapis Lazuli Buddha, Quan Yin, Jesus, Lao Tzu and Sufi poets

Friday

  • Deep intuition and natural magic in therapy
  • The education and spiritual enlightenment of a therapist
  • Erotic issues
  • The role of the arts
  • Caring for the soul of the therapist
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