Events

The following are the speaking events and readings by Polly Young-Eisendrath. If you are interested in booking her for an event, click here.


Previous Events


March 23-24, 2018

Lecture and Workshop: C.G. Jung Society of Montreal

The John Molson School of Business
Montréal, Canada

Falling In Love and Taking It Personally: Couple Relationships in the 21st Century

Friday, March 23
7:30-10:00 p.m.
The John Molson School of Business
1450 Guy St, Montreal, QC H3H 0A1, Canada
Room MB 3.210

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Members $20
Non-Members $25
Students/Senior Members $15

This presentation will introduce you to personal love and its first stage of development when a partner becomes the “intimate enemy” as disillusionment gets trapped in toxic unconscious communication. Effective couple psychotherapy must then work to create a differentiated space in which each partner feels confident and free to be respected and autonomous, even in the midst of emotional security. As an intimate enemy becomes an intimate friend, personal love becomes true love.

Dialogue Therapy: Helping Couples Move from Disillusionment to Intimacy
A Training Seminar with Polly Young-Eisendrath

Saturday, March 24
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The John Molson School of Business
1450 Guy St, Montreal, QC H3H 0A1, Canada
Room MB 3.435

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Members $60
Non-Members $70
Students/Senior Members $40

Order of Psychologists CE credits (additional $20 for lecture credits/$50 for workshop credits)

This seminar will introduce and demonstrate some basic principles of Dialogue Therapy (DT) by showing videotapes of co-therapists working with a couple and presenting the theoretical and clinical ideas that shape DT. Originally developed by Polly Young-Eisendrath and Ed Epstein in 1982, Dialogue Therapy has been practiced, taught, and supervised by Polly since the mid-1980s.

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November 1, 2014: The Art & Science of Mindfulness Conference: The Las Vegas Compassion FACES Conference

Red Rock Casino and Resort
11011 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135

Call for reservations: (702)797-7777 or (866)767-7773
Ask for the FACES Compassion Conference Rate

1:30 to 3:00pm Workshop: The Gifts of Suffering: Finding Insight, Compassion and Renewal

 When we have lived through a transformative experience of deep suffering in our lives– loss, upheaval, failure– what are the earmarks for valid psychological development as result of our change? This workshop will look at the topic of “resilience” from the perspective of increased optimism and compassion as a result of transforming hardship. Polly Young-Eisendrath – a psychologist, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher – is the author of 15 books, including The Gifts of Suffering (1998). She has worked with both military and therapeutic populations in the last 15 years to apply and expand the insights explored in the book. Her main interest has been in resilience as the capacity to thrive after adversity. This workshop will introduce some basic frameworks for understanding and teaching resilience.

At the end of the workshop, a participant will be able to:

 (1)understand how and why resilience is different from survival.

(2)define and apply the model of compassion and self-compassion in working therapeutically or educationally with the transformation of adversity.

(3)apply the idea and practice of “insight” in both therapeutic and mindfulness settings.

3:15 to 4:45pm Workshop: True Love Ways: The Importance of Maintaining a Mindful Gap in Intimate Relationship

These days almost every therapist uses some “mindfulness techniques” in working with couples. And still, we find that couples habitually return to the same stuck relational habits, even after participating in a full course of couples therapy. Why is that?

This workshop will introduce a key concept from psychoanalysis: projective identification. It will show specifically how and why well-meaning couples who “know how to communicate” still get caught up in harmful emotional patterns if they do not understand their inner lives, as individuals.

Drawing on object relations, Jungian theory, Dialogue Therapy for Couples (originated and practiced by the speaker), as well as mindfulness and Buddhist teachings, this workshop will give an overview of what has to happen in order for couples to change their emotional behavior and learn how “mind the space” between them with respect and compassion. If a mindful gap is not maintained, couples become fused and embattled.

At the end of this workshop, a participant will be able to:

(1) define and apply the concept of projective-identification in couples therapy.

(2) describe and apply the concepts of “sankaras” (from Buddhism) as they refer to psychological complexes, as defined by Jungian theory.

(3) appreciate the significance of a “mindful gap” between people in an intimate relationship and apply this concept to couples therapy.

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Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying

July 26, 2014

Wake Up to Dying Project
Montpelier, VT
Christ Episcopal Church Courtyard, 6- 7:30 pm

Polly will present as one of three speakers on Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying in Montpelier, VT on Saturday July 26, with two other speakers from 6-7:30 pm. It’s part of the Wake Up to Dying Project, which asks “What would happen if we paid more attention to the fact that we die?” It’s a three-day event, and you can find out more information on their website at www.wakeuptodyingproject.org

ENLIGHTENING CONVERSATIONS

enlighteningA New Series Exploring the Intersection of Buddhism & Psychoanalysis

Presented by Spring Journal and the Tricycle Foundation. Hosted by Enlightening Conversations founder and director Polly Young-Eisendrath

Opportunities and Obstacles in Human Awakening
May 9-10, 2014
New York Blood Center
310 East 67th St, New York

The debut conference of the Enlightening Conversations series, in which psychoanalysts and Buddhist teachers will speak openly and honestly about the nitty-gritty of liberation.

$250 early bird registration ($200 for students)
$300 regular admission ($275 for students. Please bring student ID to the event)

In this groundbreaking series there will be no prepared papers from any speakers. Instead, there will be structured conversation that is open and impromptu. You are welcome to join the conversation between the audience and the speakers whether or not you have knowledge or experience of Buddhism or psychoanalysis. If you have an interest in what these two contemplative disciplines do, please consider joining us.

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FACES Conference on Compassion

February 27 – March 1, 2014
FACES Conference on Compassion
San Diego, CA

Polly will deliver two lectures on March 1:
The Gifts of Suffering: Finding Insight, Compassion and Renewal
Unwelcome Change: Embracing the Lessons of Loss

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Health and Madness in the 21st Century: Psychoanalytic Perspectives from Literature, Media, Medicine, Science, and Clinical Practice

February 5, 2014
William Alanson White Institute
8pm @ William Alanson White Institute, 20 West 74th Street, New York, NY
Between Columbus Avenue & CPW

Polly is speaking along with Dr. Anne Harrington. Polly will deliver a lecture titled “Taking ourselves less seriously: Buddhist and psychoanalytic views of subjective freedom.”

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What Women Want

January 8, 2014
Vermont Humanities Council
7pm @ The Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street Montpelier

East Meets West in Psychotherapy: Freud, Jung and Buddha

Friday, October 18th,  2013
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tickets for the single day (Polly is only speaking on Friday October 18): $175
Whole 3-day conference: $499

Polly will be speaking about the following topics:

True Love Ways: How couples need to mind the gap between them
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Mindfulness allows us to provide a more spacious approach to a partner in the midst of difficult emotions and impulses. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to mindfulness, the Jungian idea of psychological complexes, and the concept of “projective identification” —  emotional entanglement that creates obstacles in long-term couple relationship. Exercises and didactics will be applied to personal relationships and clinical work with couples.

KEYNOTE: Unwelcome Change: Embracing the Lessons of Loss
1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

When change is shocking and unwelcome in our lives, we have to change ourselves – our own identities – in order to return to our lives with a renewed sense of wonder and vitality. Transforming divorce, the death of a loved one, financial crisis, threatening illness, and similar deep uprooting changes in our life context requires something more or different than is offered by most contemporary psychological grief models. This workshop will introduce methods from mindfulness, personal narrative, poetry, and journaling to allow us to make the shift from feeling resentful and alienated to restoring our joy and fascination with life’s engagements.

The Gifts of Suffering: Finding Insight, Compassion and Renewal
3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

When we have lived through a transformative experience of deep suffering in our lives – loss, upheaval, failure – what are the earmarks for valid psychological development as result of our change? This workshop will look at the topic of “resilience” from the perspective of increased optimism and compassion as a result of transforming hardship. The presenter – a psychologist, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher — published a book called “The Gifts of Suffering” in 1998 and has worked with both military and therapeutic populations in the last fifteen years to apply and expand the insights the book uncovered. Her main interest has been in resilience as the capacity to thrive after adversity. This workshop will introduce some basic frameworks for understanding and teaching resilience.

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