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Dreams of healing: a clinical investigation of intergenerational transmission of trauma through dreams

Dr Judith Pickering

A young woman dreams of imprisonment in Changi. A trail of clues leads her to visit her grandfather, who tells of his experiences as a prisoner of war. A man dreams of starvation and barren fields. Analysis uncovers a hidden history concerning the Ukrainian Holodomor. A woman in couple therapy tells of disturbing nightmares of her grandparent's farm in Uganda being burned. An artist suffering a creative block dreams of a forest near her grandmother's village. Her reconnection with a previously denied ancestral heritage inspires a new creative outpouring. Having fled torture, war or displacement, many new Australians wished to ensure their children's lives would be free of the traumatic matters they found unbearable. Yet vestiges of such untold traumatic memories haunt the dreams of their children, children who as adults unconsciously enter therapy due to the need to uncover past secrets before the keys to comprehending their psychological inheritance die with their forebears.

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Dr Judith Pickering

Dr Judith Pickering is a Jungian Analyst, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Couple Therapist in private practice in Sydney. She is a senior faculty member, supervisor and lecturer for the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy. She is a training analyst and Vice President of The Australian and New Zealand Association of Jungian Analysts and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and the program committee for the XVIII International Congress for analytical psychology.

She holds tertiary degrees in Humanities, Asian Studies, Music Education, Musicology, Psychotherapy, Analytical Psychology and has a doctorate in Psychology. She has published widely as well as giving papers, lectures and workshops to professional societies, universities and cultural institutions in Australia, USA, and in Europe including the Society of Psychoanalytical Marital Psychotherapists at the Tavistock Centre, London; Bion in Boston Conference, in July 2009, The International Family Therapy Association, Turkey, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Oxford, and Orta, Italy, C. G. Jung Societies in Australia, ANZSJA and ANZAP. Her book, Being in love: Therapeutic Pathways Through Psychological Obstacles to Love, published by Routledge in 2008 has been described by James Grotstein as a ‘sweeping, awe-inspiring, fulfilling and erudite revisioning of the most important subject we ever experience and confront’.

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