The Lost and Recovered Soul
in the Psychotherapy of Early Trauma

A Workshop with Donald Kalsched

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When inter-personal trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, a split sometimes occurs in which an innocent part of the personality (true self) retreats into the unconscious where it continues to live in suspended animation as a lost soul. Deprived of this lost spark, the outer personality (false self) struggles to survive in a de-animated and soul-less world, often falls into depression, and sometimes seeks psychotherapeutic help. As psychotherapy begins, however, a dramatic struggle often ensues within the therapeutic relationship. This struggle results from the fact that an unconscious “vow” has been made deep within the psyche of the trauma survivor, never to allow the lost heart of the self (with its childlike innocence) into relationship again. The lost soul secretly “wants” to emerge and re-engage life, but dissociative defenses (constituting an archaic self care system) prevent this return, encapsulating the true self and leaving it imprisoned by the dark and violent powers of the archetypal world—what Jung called “possession by a Spirit.”

This constitutes a therapeutic problem for which “love” is not the answer—or at least only part of the answer. How the psychotherapy process, with its combination of intimacy and separateness, libido and aggression, insight and embodied experience, invites the lost soul back into relationship, will be the focus of this workshop. Dr. Kalsched will show how the splitting and dissociation occasioned by early trauma, are gradually healed in the slow relational process of depth psychotherapy.

Donald-KalschedDonald Kalsched, Ph.D., is a Jungian psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. He is a senior faculty member and supervisor with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and teaches and leads workshops nationally and internationally. His celebrated book, The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit, explores the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and Jungian theory as it relates to clinical work with survivors of early childhood trauma. His recent book, Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption, explores the mystical dimensions of clinical work with trauma-survivors.

General Information

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Register early! To register, submit the form on the webpage, or print and mail it to the Public Programs Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013 or call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103. Full payment is required with your registration. An email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of submitting your registration.

CANCELLATION: To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than thirty days before the event. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist and we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the waitlist, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite.

For a refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with full refund will be accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of the event.

LOCATION: The workshop will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for these events. This campus has lodging, dining facilities, and parking.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus:
$87 per night single occupancy (one twin or standard full size bed)
$120 per night couple occupancy (one standard full size bed; not a queen)
$132 per night double occupancy (two twin beds)
plus 10% occupancy tax
Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with a shared bath and shower. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department.

MEALS: Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For early arrivals and late departures, the following meals are available for an additional fee: Friday breakfast ($13) and lunch ($19); and Sunday breakfast ($13) and lunch ($19). If you register for The Pacifica Experience, Friday breakfast and lunch are included. All extra meals must be ordered and paid for in advance through the Public Programs Department. No other meals will be available. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests and include organic ingredients where possible. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan, gluten free, or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions.

TRAVEL: Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of Santa Barbara and into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, approximately 18 miles from the Campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of financial need scholarships are available for this program. To apply, please fill out the registration form including payment information, and send a letter of request detailing your financial circumstances. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to approve processing of payment. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: 9 CE credits are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177) and for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 9 CE credits for psychologists are also available for this program. Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. Psychologists must attend the full program to receive credit. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

DISABILITY SERVICES ON CAMPUS: It is the policy of Pacifica’s Public Programs Department to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact disability services directly (805.679.6124), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit