3-Webinar Series: "Conversations between a Psychologist and a Poet: The Healing Power of Language"

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3-Webinar Series: "Conversations between a Psychologist and a Poet: The Healing Power of Language"

Time: April 8, 2015 at 5pm to April 22, 2015 at 6pm
Location: "online or on the phone"
Event Type: webinar series
Organized By: Depth Psychology Alliance / Bonnie Bright
Latest Activity: May 4, 2015

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Event Description


Jungian psychologist Robert Romanyshyn and poet Brian Tracy in dialogue, moderated by Bonnie Bright. This conversation continues the idea of poetic sensibility and how psychology and poetry intersect.

DATES: 3 Wednesdays in April: 8, 15, 22

TIME: 5pm-6pm PT

COST$19.99 for the entire 3-part series if you register by March 15 or
$29.99 after March 15

All sessions recorded for later listening.


April 8: The Dream and the Poem
April 15: A Poetic Basis of Mind

April 22: The Poetic Arts: Memory, Imagination, and the "Talking Cure"

ABOUT the Series

In this series, Robert and Brian explore how in the company of the poet, a depth psychologist might cultivate a poetic sensibility as a style of discourse for psychology.

In their dialogue they will address the characteristics of a poetic sensibility regarding language, imagery, and affect and how each of these elements are used and understood by both the psychologist and the poet to best achieve what each is seeking: the healing power of language through an informed translation of the speech of soul.

Each author will read a few poems from their latest work to illustrate their remarks and respond to comments and questions from the audience.

ANNOUNCING... a Poetry Contest

All registrants for the series are invited to share your work inspired by the conversations with Robert and Brian in a designated area on Depth Psychology Alliance in April. All submissions will be read and judged by Brian Michael Tracy and Robert Romanyshyn


• Winner will receive a signed copy of Robert’s book Leaning Toward the Poet and a signed CD of music and poetry from Brian

• The winning poem will be featured in the next issue of Depth Insights scholarly eZine


• Submissions accepted on DepthPsychologyAlliance.com (location TBD) from 4/1/2015 thru 4/30/15

• Maximum 2 poems per submission

*More details and how to submit will be emailed to all registrants by 4/1.

Winners will be announced on Depth Psychology Alliance, Depth Insights and associated social media accounts no later than June 15, 2015.

Please see BIOS for the presenters/judges in the comments below (due to limited word count allowed in this location)


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Comment by Mark Sipowicz on April 11, 2015 at 1:41pm

Poetry: Language against which we have no defenses.

--David Whyte

Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on April 7, 2015 at 6:04am

Thanks Mark for the Today's Times article which I am sending along to my daughter, granddaughter...wonderful the healing power of words.

Comment by Mark Sipowicz on March 27, 2015 at 8:50pm

Until I heard Robert and Brian in their first discussion here I had not really seen any articles on this subject. Knew it had been used in Depth Psych and Eco Psych, but hadn't noticed the news and articles...

Doctor Turned Poet Treats PTSD with Literature

Comment by Mark Sipowicz on March 27, 2015 at 2:32pm

...Well, not today, but 2/26/15 this touching and interesting article about poetery and healing appeared.

Comment by Mark Sipowicz on March 27, 2015 at 2:06pm

More healing power of language in today's Times:

Bringing A Daughter Back From the Brink with Poems (NYT)

Comment by Bonnie Bright on February 7, 2015 at 4:50am
Here are the presenter bios since the event description above exceeded the word limit...Hope you'll join us in April!
Robert Romanyshyn is the author of 7 books, most recently Leaning Toward the Poet: Eavesdropping on the Poetry of Everyday Life. He has published more than 40 articles in psychology, philosophy, and education journals and his poems have appeared in several on-line and print magazines. He is presently Emeritus Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He is currently working on a play, The Frankenstein Prophecies.
Brian Michael Tracy is the author of 3 books of poetry, most recently Opaque Traveler: A Dream Sequence in Verse and two CD’s of poetry and music: Midnight Tea and Blackbird Ballads. His work has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Plainsongs, California Quarterly, Depth Insights, and on spoken word radio programs throughout the US and Canada including stations KPFK in L.A. and CIUT in Toronto. He is currently working on his third CD of poetry & music. 
Bonnie Bright is the host of Depth Insights radio podcast, the executive editor of Depth Insights scholarly eZine, and the principle and founder of Depth Psychology Alliance. She also founded Depth Psychology List, a free-to-search database of depth oriented therapists & practitioners. She holds M.A. degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University and in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she recently completed her PhD

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