The Mandala As Soul Medicine:
A Jungian Approach to Grief and Loss
Earn Credit for 1 Technique Module toward
Offered by the Portland Institute.
August 20, 2021
ATR-BC, ATCS, LMFT
Associate Professor Emeritus
Albertus Magnus College and Yale University
USD$99 for 3-hour module
When lives are shattered by grief and loss, an internal invitation often arises, guiding us to embrace the chaos, and to find a new ordering that challenges our assumptive world while undergoing a process of meaning reconstruction. This module introduces learners to the mandala as spiritual medicine, for the act of creating into a circular structure helps to both contain and express deeply felt emotions. “My mandalas were cryptograms concerning the state of the self which was presented to me anew each day… I guarded them like precious pearls…. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation.” ~ C.G. Jung
This didactic and experiential module is centered in the creation and use of mandalas in clinical practice, enriched by poetry and writing, as they relate to grief and loss. Jung’s techniques of active imagination grounds and enhances this presentation’s integrative approach to expressive therapies techniques in conjunction with Neimeyer, Worden, and Rynearson’s models of grief and bereavement. The Mandala as Soul Medicine invites learners to engage circular, poetic forms that safely contain both light and dark night journeys or complex dual processes. This mythic journey serves as an inspiration to those wounded by personal loss, for a sense of trust emanates from a helper who has the inner confidence to have circled through.
Identify three ways to use mandalas in clinical practice;
Explain how the blending of writing and art making enhances grief processing and meaning reconstruction;
Relate three ways that Jungian theory supports the uses of expressive therapies for developing greater resilience in the face of loss; and
Describe two active imagination techniques that could be used in clinical practice with the bereaved.
Note: Attendance of the live training session confers credit of 1 Technique Module required for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy.
COURSE PACK PROVIDES
A PDF copy of the presentation slides;
List of art materials for mandala making;
List of words for experiential processing; and
Guidelines for active imagination techniques
9am-12pm, PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-3pm in New York, 5-8pm in London, and 6-9pm in Amsterdam.
The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.
GRIEF TRAINING FACULTY
Evie Lindemann, ATR-BC, ATCS, LMFT is a board-certified, licensed art therapist, art therapy credentialed supervisor, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified archetypal pattern analyst. Evie is associate professor emeritus at the Albertus Magnus College: Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling, and the Yale University: Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute of Bioethics, where she presented multicultural issues at the end of life. She has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Israel, and India and implemented humanitarian art therapy projects in India, Jamaica, and the US. She is active in hospice care, offers courses on mortality, the use of visual arts to facilitate the inward journey, and works with combat veterans and complex trauma. Evie has exhibited nationally and internationally, as a printmaking artist.