Conference—"Up Against the Wall: Politics, Community, Psyche" with Keynote Andrew Samuels

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Conference—"Up Against the Wall: Politics, Community, Psyche" with Keynote Andrew Samuels

Time: October 14, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Location: Pacifica Graduate Institute—Lambert Campus
Street: 249 Lambert Road
City/Town: Carpinteria, CA
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Phone: 805.969.3626
Event Type: weekend conference
Organized By: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Latest Activity: Aug 24, 2017

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The inherently intertwined relationship between the psyche and the polis, coupled with the urgent need for progressive action, demand that psychology become both politically conscious and socially engaged.

This conference celebrates the thirty-year history of Pacifica’s Clinical Psychology program by continuing to advance a depth psychological orientation to the world.

Explore the relationship of depth psychological theory and practice applied to the current political situation with internationally known Jungian analyst and political commentator Andrew Samuels in both a keynote address and workshop.

Additional conference sessions feature Pacifica faculty, alumni, and graduate students addressing issues of social oppression, social liberation, psychological citizenship, and the collective imagination.


Keynote: Andrew Samuels (*See bio at bottom)

 "A New Therapy for Politics?"


Oksana Yakushko
"Reverse Engineering Happy and Productive Brutes: On Revolutionary Freedoms of Human Subjectivity"

Eva Blodgett
"Are Immigrants Becoming the “New Black”? The Repetition Compulsion in the History of Immigration in the United States."

Michael Sipiora
"James Hillman’s Political Legacy"

Jason Butler
"Poetic Sensibility and Decolonizing the Imagination"



Andrew Samuels
"The Political Self: Getting in Touch with your Inner Politician"

Fanny Brewster
"Imagine Freedom: From Abolition to Liberation Psychology"

Fanny Brewster & Andrew Samuels in Conversation
"Where Do We Stand? What Can We Do?"


Andrew Samuels, PhD, is recognized internationally as one of the foremost political commentators and theorists from the perspectives of psychotherapy and depth psychology. He has worked as a consultant with political leaders, parties and activist groups in several countries, including the United States.

He also consults to Britain’s National Health Service. He draws on a wide range of approaches to psyche, including post-Jungian, relational psychoanalytic and humanistic ideas. But he roots his work in citizens’ lived experience, and in what can be learned from therapy work carried out with political awareness.

While Andrew does not disguise his background in progressive and left-wing politics and his commitment to diversity and equality, he remains open-minded and celebrates many different takes on social and political issues.


C.E.s available


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