July 13, 2012
Friday Night Lecture: 7 pm – 9 pm
The War of the Gods in Addiction: The Psychodynamics of Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery
Presenter: David Schoen, LCSW, MSSW
David presented an overview of the psychodynamics of addiction, treatment, and recovery through the dual lenses of the 12 steps of AA and Jungian psychology. It is based on the famous correspondence between Bill W. (cofounder of AA) and C. G. Jung. He described the development of a typical addiction, its true nature, the importance of archetypal shadow/archetypal evil in the addiction process and why the principles of the 12 steps of AA are the most effective treatment approach in addressing an addiction. This lecture would be relevant for individuals interested in Jungian psychology, alcoholism and addiction dynamics, recovery, and the existence of archetypal shadow/archetypal evil in our world, as well as the general public.
David Schoen, LCSW, MSSW, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Jungian Analyst practicing in Covington, Louisiana, near New Orleans. He has a background as an alcoholism chemical dependency counselor. He is a senior analyst in the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, cofounder and coordinator of the New Orleans Jungian Training Seminar and advisor to the C. G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge. David lectures and teaches nationally. He has published internationally and is a Louisiana poet. His books include Divine Tempest: The Hurricane as a Phychic Phenomenon (1998) and The War of the Gods in Addiction: C.G. Jung, Alcoholics Anonymous and Archetypal Evil (2009).
To read about David Schoen’s Book, click here.