Membership Drive and Panel Discussion with local psychoanalysts Mae Stolte, Peggy Voth, and Dr. Chris Wilkes
Discussion topic: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What is it doing with us and what are we doing with it?
In this time of the COVID pandemic, we have clearly entered a transitional time-space. The virus has stopped us in our tracks and our worlds have been turned upside down. It has brought new awareness of our commonalities, common-unity, with each other and with Nature but has also brought our inability to accept differences into glaring light. Many of the aspects of our everyday lives are in flux and we don’t/can’t know what our lives will look like down the road. Jung in his famous BBC interview, Face to Face, prophetically said, “the world hangs by a thin thread, and that thin thread is the Psyche. But what if something goes wrong with the Psyche?”
In this panel presentation, Mae Stolte will address the dynamic impact of the pandemic on our psyches - our experience both individually and collectively of disruption, disconnection, and dislocation, the tension of opposites it has set up, and the ego’s need to surrender in order to further our inner growth and understanding. Peggy Voth will elaborate on the myth of the Sumerian goddess Inanna. A deity of polarities, Inanna introduces cosmic disorder and civil unrest as well as the possibility of developing one’s individuality. Dr. Chris Wilkes will speak to the reality of the Undiscovered Self, that independent centre outside of the ego that is capable of giving resilience in this Pandemic. To do so means facing our fear of the duality of the Psyche, the capacity for good and evil in every individual.
All of you have your own first-hand experience of the Pandemic and we welcome this discussion with you. A link to this event will be sent to you the day of the lecture. Click on the link between 6:50-7:00 on the date of the event to access.
About the SpeakersMae Stolte
is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Calgary. She received her Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 1990 and has been in private practice since that time. She has given various lectures, seminars and workshops on a variety of topics including the basic concepts of Jungian psychology.
Peggy Voth became a Jungian analyst in 2013 when she graduated from the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts training programme in Toronto. Starting a private practice twenty years ago as a clinical social worker, she now brings Jung’s depth psychology to her work with clients. Active in the Calgary Jung Society, she lectures, conducts seminars, has facilitated workshops and movie nights and in 2020 produced a dramatic reading about the relationship between Emma Jung and Toni Wolff. She has also presented papers at several conferences.
Dr. Chris Wilkes is currently Section Chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addictions, Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services. He is also the University of Calgary/Alberta Health Services Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a member of the Paediatric and Psychiatry faculties. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary and from 2014-2016, served as President of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Wilkes is a recognized international specialist in psychiatry as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists United Kingdom. Dr. Wilkes is also a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a graduate of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts, and member of the International Association for Analytic Psychology. Dr. Wilkes' research and publications have been in the area of cognitive behavioural treatment of youth depression, suicide, affective disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, psychotherapy, and mental health economics.