C.G. Jung Society, Seattle

Arthur Colman, M.D., and Pilar Montero, Ph.D.

Up From Scapegoating: Archetypal Theory with Examples from Human Sacrifice in the Andes

Lecture: Friday, January 11, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. North, Seattle  98103 (driving directions)
$15 members, $25 nonmembers

McGehee photoArthur will open the lecture describing archetypal scapegoat theory, historical and mythic background, and practical examples for individuals and organizations. He will describe how group forces create scapegoats, individuals, subgroups, ideas etc. in order to ensure a sense of safety and familiar continuity in its members. The scapegoat is felt to threaten the group by forcing a different and difficult perspective; sometimes there is a correct assessment of danger, more often there is a fear of difference and creativity that the group finds distasteful, or worse, dangerous to its survival.

Pilar will follow with a modern example from a modern festival in Peruvian Andes mountains which still includes a variant of human sacrifice upon which the main ritual is based. This example brings the collective perspective into view and bridges to other large horrific scapegoating behaviors such as the Holocaust, genocides, and recent suicidal terrorist attacks.

Workshop: Saturday, January 12, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202
$50 members, $70 nonmembers

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Arthur and Pilar will deepen the notions presented in the lecture by discussion and experiential opportunities for the group present. In particular, they will attempt to redefine the universal collective process of scapegoating through encouraging the transformation of the scapegoat image into one, which personifies the group’s creative potential. They will bring pertinent 'effigies' to facilitate this new awareness. Effigies are ceremonial and artistic objects collected from various cultures and traditions which can be used for symbolic interactive play, altar building, and to create a parallel universe which mirrors and echoes the overt relationships in the here and now. Group members may observe or participate as they wish.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop depth perspective on small group scapegoating behavior.
  2. Generalize this group dynamic to larger collective scapegoating processes.
  3. Develop new ways of thinking and specific methodologies for decreasing the negative scapegoating potential and increasing its positive and creative manifestations.

Arthur D. Colman, M.D., is a Jungian Analyst and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Author of many books, including Up From Scapegoating: Awakening Consciousness in Groups; Earth Father, Sky Father. Arthur is Editor of Group Relations Reader I and II. Arthur has begun a fictional series on scapegoating and revenge with his first novel, Cloud of Terns. His subsequent book, Nest of Prodigies, will be published in early 2013. Pilar Montero, Ph.D., is a Social Psychologist and Jungian Analyst. Her latest articles are "Isolde's Sexual Rage: The Role of Transformation" published in Leitmotive, The Wagner Quarterly and "Collective Consciousness and the Psychology of Human Interconnectedness" in the journal Group.

This program has been approved for CEUs by the Washington Chapter National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-157. The cost to receive a certificate is as follows: Lecture only $10. Workshop only $10. Lecture & Workshop $15.

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