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      Why We Care: Empathy for Souls in Crisis in San Francisco

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      October 19, 2013

      Saturday  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

      1187 Franklin
      San Francisco, California 94109

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      Why We Care: Empathy for Souls in Crisis

      Why We Care: Empathy for Souls in Crisis

      Charles Garfield, PhD

      Saturday, October 19, 2013

      10 AM – 5 PM

      First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center

      1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco

      6 Continuing Education Credits Approved for MD, PhD, LCSW, MFT & RN

      C. G. Jung demonstrated in his practice that “healing a soul in crisis is an art requiring empathy, patience, a shrewd yet sympathetic understanding of human nature and, above all, heart.” The “broken heart” is not just an evocative image, but also a psychological and medical reality. In our fragmented society, the lack of human companionship is one of the leading causes of premature death. Every year, tens of thousands die, quite literally, of a broken heart.

      This workshop will be both didactic and experiential. We will focus on:

      • How an empathic presence is central to the healing process
      • Arousing empathy, the heart of connection, in healing partnerships with the lost, lonely, sick, bereaved, and brokenhearted
      • Identifying the motivations, risks, and rewards of entering into a close relationship with the frail elderly, poor, homeless, abused, chronically ill, or those at the end of life

      What Jung said of kindness we can say of empathy, i.e. that we cannot offer it to others if we have not offered it to ourselves. We will discuss our own personal and professional relationships with such “souls in crisis,” and how some healthy professionals and others seem born to care; some embrace caring to heal their own wounds; while others have caring thrust upon them at work or by life circumstances.

      We will also ask:

      How can we develop deep empathy, the capacity to see, hear, and feel a situation from another person’s vantage point? That is, to be within another person’s world and experience his pain and despair?

      • Can we honestly claim to know another person’s suffering?
      • Why do we enter into –or sometimes resist – solidarity with those in the grip of suffering?
      • How can increasing empathy reduce violence and prejudice?

      In addition to Dr. Garfield, noted environmentalist and author Cindy Spring will give an original power point presentation, “Moments of Empathy and Human Caring.”

      Charles Garfield, PhD, was an at-large Board member at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco from 2001-2007. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of California Medical School; Founder, Shanti and Shanti National Training Institute; Visiting Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley: founding faculty at Metta Institute End of Life Counseling program; and a mathematician on the Apollo Eleven first lunar landing program. Dr. Garfield has published ten books including Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb: Love and Caregiving in a Time of AIDS; Psychosocial Care of the Dying Patient; and Stress and Survival: The Emotional Realities of Life Threatening Illness.

      Parking information can be found here. 


      The  C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco designates this educational activity for 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

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