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The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis



The Effects of Embodied Imagination on Physical Illness & Pain

For 1000 years during the beginning of Western medicine (500 B.C. Ė 500 A.D.), only dream-based medicine was ubiquitously practiced throughout this entire period. The word clinic comes from the couches on which the patients slept to receive a dream for the cure of their physical ills. The scientific rationale for reviving clinical dream incubation in the 21st century is the current studies on placebo which, since the use of MRIís in the 1990s, have clearly demonstrated that imagination creates a powerful meaning response which can be pin pointed with great precision in the brain. Clinical dream incubation profoundly triggers this physiological meaning response arising from psycho-social contexts. During the incubation process a particular issue is intentionally somatised so it can be felt acutely in the body. The material derived from the responding dreams, when worked in an embodied fashion, creates a powerful healing response.

Date:   Friday, October 1st, 2010

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

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

Phone: 215-735-9096 (Academy House) or 215-450-9941 (Marionís cell)

Learning Objectives:

Upon Completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the practice of clinical dream incubation as a tool for their work

  • learn a technique called embodied imagination to work with dreams

  • learn to understand contemporary placebo studies

learn ways in which the meaning response has healing effects.

Our Presenter: Robert Bosnak,PsyA
A Jungian psychoanalyst trained in Zurich, Robert Bosnak is a native of Holland. He had a psychoanalytic practice in Cambridge, Mass. from 1977 until 2003. Currently, he lives and works in Sydney, Australia, training therapists, actors and other artists worldwide in his embodied imagination method. In 2006 the International Society for Embodied Imagination was founded in Guangzhou, China and governs training programs in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, and Online. His methods have been used as a rehearsal technique including at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. He is the co-founder of www.cyberdreamwork.com, and organized (with Pacifica Graduate Institute) the 2007 conference Imagination and Medicine, aimed towards the establishment of an integrative medical healing sanctuary in Santa Barbara for patients with serious mental illness. His latest book, Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, was published by Routledge in 2007. A previous book, A Little Course in Dreams was translated into 12 languages. He is past-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

CE Credits
This activity is being co-sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and The Philadelphia Jungian Professional Club. NAAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. NAAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program provides four (4) hours of CE credits for Psychologists and Social Worker Board licensees..

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

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

      PPS, c/o Dr. Marion Rudin Frank,

      250 S.17th Street, Suite 101,

      Phila.Pa. 19103.

      Or call 215-545-7800