Andrea Gaspar Gonzalez

Bury the Dead: Healing Collective Trauma Through Sacred Grief Experiences

How can we make sense of the world today? The enantiodromia witnessed over the past 15 years has given us an acute case of cultural whiplash, and the resulting trauma has not yet been addressed and is often denied or split off into the unconscious. Ours is a story of hope to despair and rage, love and care to hate and abandonment. These polarities suggest an underlying system at play by which we might be able to make sense of our current emotional and political landscape and find a path towards healing through emotional experience.

This presentation will explore the application of Donald Kalsched’s inner self-care system to the U.S. psyche and the role of the persecutor/protector in creating our current cultural dynamics, moving from the emotional tone of Barack Obama’s presidency of hope to Donald Trump’s presidency of anger in order to preserve the core cultural identity of white supremacy. It will then examine the role of collective grief in the process of national healing and restoration of hope, and the need for collective and sacred grieving experiences.

Bio 

Andrea Gaspar Gonzalez, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in Chicago specializing in the treatment of trauma and sexual abuse. She is also a performing artist in music, theatre, and cabaret and integrates her artistic and clinical work.  Dr. Gaspar is currently Co-Director of the Jungian Psychotherapy and Jungian Studies Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, and recently co-created and co-directed their online program Memories, Dreams, Reflections: Exploring the Depths. She has presented on blood mythology and the archetype of bloodletting at conferences hosted by the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies and at the Joint Conference of the IAAP and the IAJS at Yale. Her current research focuses on collective psyche and culture.

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