The Lectures


An outline of the lectures

‘Alone and Together’ with Your Inner Family: Active Imagination and Internal Family Systems Therapy 

Matthew Harwood 

This presentation provides a link between C G Jung’s well-known technique of ‘Active Imagination’ and the recently developed and innovative style of psychotherapy known as ‘Internal Family Systems’ (IFS) pioneered by Richard Schwartz. We are all composed of many ‘parts’ or ‘sub-personalities’ and, as Jung taught us, these are autonomous – in other words separate intelligences. By learning to be ‘alone and together’ with our internal family of parts, we can build up solid relationships of trust and mutual understanding. This in turn helps us to reduce internal conflicts, to negotiate with those elements of ourselves which tend to sabotage our goals and aspirations, and to heal the vulnerable parts of ourselves that are hurt and wounded. ‘Alone and together’ we can work towards wholeness – the goal of individuation.

This integration between the classical Jungian tradition and a cutting-edge, contemporary, trauma-informed model of psychotherapy can offer valuable insights leading to increased self-awareness, enhanced personal growth and improved professional development.

Boarding School Syndrome: The ABC-D of a Trauma  

Joy Schaverien

In her book Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the “Privileged” Child Joy Schaverien identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours, which she classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’.Children sent to boarding school at an early age suffer the sudden and irrevocable, loss of their primary attachments and this constitutes a significant trauma.

In boarding school children sleep in dormitories; eat in dining rooms and shower in groups. Always in the company of others, paradoxically, the children are emotionally alone. The ABC-D of this trauma is significant. Abandoned by those closest to them, children are Bereaved and held Captive. This may establish a pattern of Disassociation. With every moment accounted for, there is little time for play or reverie. As adults some seek therapy still unsettled by this childhood experience. In this illustrated talk consideration will be given to how art may play a part in resolving this and other forms of trauma. 

Jacqui Dyer

The lecture will attend to the matter of Black people being alone in their particular experience of mental health challenges. How do such experiences be perceived by other cultures? How do we together, across differences, assist improving what has been traditionally very poor outcomes in this realm.

Social Self and Private Self: 

Alan Turkie

Treasuring Ourselves, Embracing Others

Alan’s session will combine storytelling, experiential learning and teaching input Fear that we are not understood by others can prevent us from showing our true selves in group settings. Uncertainty about where we stand in relation to the wider community can challenge our sense of identity and belonging. Yet meaningful, deep contact can ease feelings of anxiety, enabling us to feel more comfortable with ourselves and others. In common parlance this is certainly easier said than done! Clearly the group, the community, the workplace and the family are more easily mediated when certain pre-requisites are not only evident but also trusted. Only then can we begin to reveal aspects of our inner selves and tentatively support others to do the same.

The Daily Group

Group Process:

Making Sense of the Day in an Experiential Setting 

Jocelyne Quennell and Alan Turkie will facilitate an optional daily group process for those who wish to engage with others experientially. The sessions create a space in which participants can find meaning and value in their unique lived experience; to explore, learn and discover in the group setting. The group has the potential to deepen awareness of self and others in both personal and professional realms.