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.

November 29 – December 2, 2018

Foundational Skills in Dialogue Therapy/Session 2

Vermont Center for integrative Therapy
75 San Remo Drive, Suite 204
South Burlington, VT 05403
802-658-9440

November 29 – December 2, 2018

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February 15 – 18, 2019

Befriending the Enemy: Liberating Yourself from Shadow Projections

The Rowe Center
22 Kings Highway, PO Box 273
Rowe, MA 01367

February 15 – 18, 2019
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In difficult times, and in challenging relationships, do you label others as the enemy? Join Polly to discover how to work with your shadow energies and projections.

How is it going in your family? Are you relating to and speaking with all of the people you love? Are you able to solve problems and conflicts with your partner and adult children? If it’s hard for you to avoid blaming someone, if you disavow your own aggressive motives and project them onto others — you’re not alone. Everybody does this. It’s possible, though, to free yourself from projecting your shadow (the unconscious parts of yourself that you repress) onto those you perceive as enemies. Drawing on Jungian theory and other models, Polly will facilitate mindfulness exercises about identity, belonging, and “othering” as well as conversations about family patterns rooted in the need for a scapegoat, and what you can do about it. You’ll learn to become skillful and wise through gaining insight into the “enemy-making factors” in yourself, develop compassion for these factors in all humans, and create mindful space between your cherished “self” and threatening “others” in your dyadic relationships.

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Polly Young-Eisendrath, PhD, is a Jungian psychoanalyst, a psychologist, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont. She is the founder and director of the Institute for Dialogue Therapy and the author of 16 books that have been translated into 20 languages. In addition to a full speaking schedule, Polly maintains a private practice in central Vermont and is a mindfulness teacher. She has been a practicing Buddhist since 1971. Her newest book is Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path.

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November 10-11, 2017

Lecture: “Gathering Up Our Brokenness” and Workshop: “Love is a Spiritual Path: Relationship as Psycho-Spiritual Development”

Montana Friends of Jung
The Element Hotel
Bozeman, Montana

Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2017
The Element Hotel, Bozeman

Polly Young-Eisendrath at the Montana Friends of Jung“Gathering Up Our Brokenness”
Friday Night Lecture, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Often, we hear about grieving our mistakes, failures, losses, and imperfections, but rarely do we learn how to mine them for their richness. Because human beings are naturally broken — with personalities that are largely unconscious, reactive, and hard to manage — we have countless opportunities in our relationships and work to see our selves in the cracks of the mirror. This workshop draws on Carl Jung’s psychology of individuation and the Buddha’s teachings on awakening to offer a new vision of imperfection with its inherent openings to compassion and love.

“Love is a Spiritual Path: Relationship as Psycho-Spiritual Development”
Saturday Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This workshop explores the nature of “true love” or “personal love,” defined as mutual love between equals, requiring insight, mindfulness, equanimity, emotional maturity, open communication and honesty. True love, in this sense, is different from romance and from biological attachment bonds. Polly guides participants toward understanding how and why well-meaning people get caught up in harmful emotional patterns if they do not understand their inner lives as individuals. The workshop shows people how to “mind the space” between them with respect and compassion.

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May 22, 2017

Perspectives at End-of-Life: Suffering, Consciousness & the Power of a Patient’s Narrative

Lake Morey Resort & Conference Center
1 Club House Rd
Fairlee, Vermont 05045

Monday, May 22, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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5.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Polly Young-Eisendrath Vermont Ethics NetworkThe Vermont Ethics Network Presents: Perspectives at End-of-Life: Suffering, Consciousness & the Power of a Patient’s Narrative. The goal of this conference is to explore the importance of understanding the patient’s story and integrating different faith beliefs and traditions into the care needs of seriously ill and dying patients.

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May 20, 2017

VAPS Biennial Ethics Conference with Dr. Judy Kantrowitz

Privacy and Disclosure: Ethical and Clinical Considerations in Writing and Speaking about Patients
The Davis Auditorium,
UVM Medical Center Campus
Burlington, VT

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Conference: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Polly Young-Eisendrath will be in the panel discussion at 1:00 p.m.

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The aim of this workshop is to examine the conflicts that psychotherapists face in sharing their work. In contexts such as clinical supervision, case presentations, and published writing, sharing clinical material opens up a series of important ethical questions regarding methods of maintaining confidentiality and obtaining consent. Despite these challenges, sharing clinical work within the broader professional community can support psychotherapists’ creativity and growth and help them avoid the hazards of working in isolation.

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May 3, 2017

Vermont Humanities Council

7:00 p.m.
Rutland Free Library
Rutland, VT

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What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life

How do we develop mindfulness and a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life.

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About the Vermont Humanities Council

Polly Young-Eisendrath at the VT Humanities CouncilA statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1974, the Vermont Humanities Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

Vermont Humanities Council LogoA state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, VHC believes that engagement with the world of ideas, in interaction with others, contributes uniquely to richer lives, stronger communities, a more humane society, and a better world.

The Vermont Humanities Council has developed a broad range of programs that serve Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds. Each year VHC sponsors more than 1,200 programs. They occur in more than 160 Vermont towns, including communities in every county.

Programs include book discussions, speaker events, conferences, a statewide one-book community reading program, and a grants program that supports humanities projects of other nonprofit organizations.

These programs and events strengthen Vermont’s communities not only by their character and design, but also by happening in the facilities of key town organizations such as libraries, museums, community centers, and schools. And humanities-based literacy programs reach childcare providers, middle school students, teen and underserved parents, incarcerated adults, and adult basic education students.

The humanities are those subjects that help us understand the human experience. They are the tools of self-reflection. The humanities include history, literature, ethics, philosophy, archaeology, linguistics, comparative religion, jurisprudence, and the history, criticism and theory of the arts.

April 22, 2017

True Love Ways: Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness in Dialogue Therapy for Couples

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work
The New York Blood Center
310 East 67th Street
(Btwn 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

Seminar: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Polly Young-Eisendrath will teach the afternoon session: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
5.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Polly Young-Eisendrath Rediscovering the Art of RelationshipsThe unique demands of “personal love” or “true love” in today’s couple require that individuals develop both psychologically and spiritually. This kind of love, which is a form of witnessing and deep personal engagement, has been born from romantic love, but is substantially new to human relationship since the mid-twentieth century. When personal love is confused with the biological imperative of an attachment bond or the illusion of romance, couples therapy will fail because partners will not develop the skills they need to remain separate while together. Drawing on object relations, Jungian Theory, Dialogue Therapy for Couples  as well as Mindfulness and Buddhist Teachings, this presentation will introduce the unique demands of personal love that require couples to work through disillusionment, disentangle chronic projective identification, and develop on-going curiosity about self and other.

Handouts:  Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and apply the concept of projective-identification in couples therapy.
  2. Compare and contrast adult pair bonding (biological attachment bond) with personal love.
  3. Define “disillusionment” and its role in the development of intimacy and provide an example of the use of conflict negotiation and harmony skills.

Presenter:
Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst, Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, Norwich University, Northfield,Vermont; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont and in private practice in Central Vermont. Dr. Young-Eisendrath is the chairperson of the non-profit “Enlightening Conversations: Buddhism and Psychoanalysis Meeting in Person” that hosts conferences in cities around the USA. She has published fifteen books that have been translated into more than twenty languages and has also published many articles and contributed chapters to books. Her most recent books are; The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery (Rodale, 2014) and The Self Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self Importance (Little Brown, 2008).  She is co-editor with Terrance Dawson of The Cambridge Companion to Jung: New and Revised (Cambridge University Press, 2008).  Dr. Young-Eisendrath’s forthcoming book, True Love Ways: Relationship as Psycho-Spiritual Development will be published in 2018.

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Dec. 9-12, 2016

The Community Training Weekend for the Analyst Training Program

C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts
Chicago, IL

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Nov. 11-12, 2016

Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida

Lecture & Workshop

Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida
Duncan Conference Center
15820 Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL

Lecture: Gather up your Brokenness: Love, Imperfection and Human Ideals

Friday, November 11
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Registration, Reception, & Book Signing: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Friday Night Lecture only $50
2 CEUs $6 ($3 each)
Lecture + 2 CEUs $56

Most of us fear and hide our failures, difficulties, and limitations, but they may be at the heart of what makes us human and compassionate. In this presentation, I draw on my profession of Jungian psychoanalysis and my spiritual practice of Buddhism to celebrate — not grieve — human frailty. Broadly speaking, Buddhism asks us to find equanimity within adversity and change, and Carl Jung invites us to think about our neurosis as the opening into individuation, our ability to become insightful and complex. As we come to understand and embrace our limitations in the light of what life demands of us, we have the possibility of developing self-compassion, love, and wisdom, but if we refuse to pay attention to the profound imperfection of life itself, then, we may become captured by endless envy and competition. (2 CEUs)

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Workshop: The Present Heart: Love, Loss and Discovery
Saturday, November 12
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Workshop (Lunch Included): 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday Workshop only $150
6 CEUs $30 ($5 each)
Workshop + 6 CEUs $180

Love always guarantees a broken heart. No matter how else it functions in our lives, love will include loss, separation or betrayal. From my personal tragedy of my husband’s early onset Alzheimer’s – and his death after a decade of reversal of his emotional and cognitive maturity – I have closely examined both Western psychological and Buddhist approaches to love and loss

In this workshop, I will answer the question, “What is love, anyway?” In the process, I will talk about desire, romance, harmful idealizations and enmeshments with our partners, children, parents and friends. We will talk about loss in the context of the Buddha’s teachings about reality. This workshop presents a new context for personal love as a spiritual practice of deep acceptance of the human condition.

  • What do you think “true love” is?
  • Why is it so hard for us to practice true love with those who are closest to us?
  • What has happened in your own life in regard to love – of your parents, your children, your partner(s), your friends?
  • What about “therapeutic love”? How is it different from, and the same as, “transference love” and “true love”? (6 CEUs)

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July 18, 2016

“The Present Heart”

Love, Loss and Discovery

C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology | New York, NY
Monday, July 18, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

The Present Heart by Polly Young-EisendrathJoin Polly at the Jung Foundation’s Summer Study Intensive Programs at the Jung Center in New York.  The theme of the week is “Suffering and Redemption”. Polly will be talking about “The Present Heart: Love, Loss and Discovery”.

Love always guarantees a broken heart. No matter how else it functions in our lives, love will include loss, separation or betrayal. From my personal tragedy of my husband’s early onset Alzheimer’s – and his death after a decade of reversal of his emotional and cognitive maturity – I have closely examined both Western psychological and Buddhist approaches to love and loss.

In this program, I will answer the question, “What is love, anyway?” In the process, I will talk about desire, romance, harmful idealizations and enmeshments with our partners, children, parents and friends. We will talk about loss in the context of the Buddha’s teachings about reality, presenting a new context for personal love as a spiritual practice of deep acceptance of the human condition.

 

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