Do We Have Fantasies, Or Do  They Have Us? Ethics and the  Imagination in Psychotherapy 
Presented by Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD,LPC
Collaborative Presentation with the Jung Center

Saturday, March 7, 2018
8:30 AM- 12:00 PM
8:30 Networking | 9:00 Presentation (3 CEUs)

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

CEU Fees
Active Members: $75  |  Friends: $100
Non-members: $125  |  Students: $25

Are there right and wrong ways to imagine, things we should or should not feel, think, desire? Our greatest innovations, works of art, acts of compassion emerge from the human imagination. As do our horrific atrocities. How we imagine matters. But the imagination is not a tool at our ready disposal, to direct as we will.
Therapists work in an intersubjective imaginal field. Jung suggested that, “Every psychic process is an image and an imagining.” Our imaginations fill with the experiences, conscious and unconscious, of our clients, and those experiences interact with our own in ways that are mysterious and as potentially destructive as they are potentially transformative--for them and for us. Our imaginings of our clients, our fantasies of and with them, come unbidden. Rather than attempting to ignore or control those fantasies, however, we can learn how to host them in ways that honor

1. To Illustrate the role of the imagination in psychotherapy.
2. Describe ethical models drawn from analytical psychology and the philosophy of  Emmanuel Levinas.
3. Describe cultural and philosophical models of the imagination.
4. Outline key techniques for hosting fantasy with an ethical attitude in the clinical setting.

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, is the executive director of The Jung Center. He has master’s degrees in religious studies (Rice) and clinical psychology (UH-Clear Lake), and he completed his doctorate in psychology, with a concentration in Jungian studies, at Saybrook University. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice. His research interests include psychology and spiritual experience, ethics and the imagination, and whiteness and the psychological dynamics of race.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.