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The Alchemical Opus: What Does it Mean for the Patient to Work In Psychotherapy?


March 27, 2015
Gary Trosclair, LCSW, DMA
Jungian Analyst Gary Trosclair, LCSW, DMA,
maintains a private practice in New York City, and Westchester County, New York. He is a graduate of the Jung Institute of New York and has been teaching there for ten years. He also serves on the faculty of the New York Center for Jungian Studies, and The C.G.Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology in New York. His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Quadrant, and The Journal of Jungian Theory and Practice. His forthcoming book, I’m Working On It In Therapy: The Client’s Guide to Using Psychotherapy Effectively, will be published by Helios Press in spring 2015.

The alchemists used the term “opus”, or “the work”, to refer to their process of changing base metals into gold. This implies not a magical transformation of material, but one of labor and persistence. Descriptions of alchemists and their “operations” show us that transformation requires the patient’s active engagement –work—in fact, to achieve the psychological growth they aspire to. Psychotherapy serves as the modern equivalent of alchemy in its efforts to forge and create a personality that is, like gold, malleable but incorruptible. But in the era of therapeutic reparenting and the corrective emotional experience, is there any work left for the patient to do? This presentation will utilize contemporary research, timeless stories, and ancient images to explore the clinical dimensions of the patient’s active role in psychotherapy, and the therapist’s role in facilitating it.

Date:      March 27th, 2015

Place:     The Academy House (Terrace Level)
              1420 Locust Street
              Philadelphia, PA 19102

Time:     1:00pm-5:00pm (Registration & Light Lunch at 12:30)

Phone:   302 655-7461 or 302 218 5008(cell)


FEES: $125 (Enrollment is limited.)
Participants requesting CE credits will be charged an additional $20 ($5 for each credit).


These activities are being co-sponsored by Health Forum Online (www.healthforumonline.com) and The Philadelphia Jungian Professional Club and are associated with four (4) hours of CE credits each. HealthForumOnline is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. HFO maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Pennsylvania Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors allows APA-approved programs to be used as CE credits for these professionals.

To register, go to http://www.thejungclub.com.  Print out registration form and mail with check to;

       Dr. Jay Ann Jemail

       5829 Kennett Pike

       Centreville, DE 19807

       302 655-7461 or 302 218 5008(cell)

       FAX 302 655 1954