July 6-7, 2019
We live in a world dependent on the digital code of algorithms. Highly complex systems of cyber technology are replacing human imagination and expression, once rooted in the organicity of the Anima Mundi, the ‘soul of the world.’ Advanced machines, cyborgs, have attained high level capabilities of consciousness (e.g., intelligence, attention, autonomy, and intention). At lightning speed, the future of human experience will be located in a matrix of virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. The fate of the dream, originating in the mystery of psyche, is challenged by the take-over of the programmer’s digital code. The workshop will firstly explore the dynamic tension between the innate intelligence of the living dream, rooted in the ‘imaginal world’ (Mundus Imaginalis), and the artificial intelligence of the cyber image, located in the vast ‘Network of Technology.’ Working with particular approaches from Dream Tending as well as actual tools of computer technology, participants will be invited to ‘see-through’ into the future of life on our planet and, too, the fate of the dream. In a world increasingly dominated by the influence of machines, where is the peril and where is the promise?
Moreover, the Digital Age has brought to light emerging individual, social, and cultural changes that effect how mental health care practitioners should approach psychotherapy. As techno-humanistic values perpetuate society, the seminar will also explore how online identities have been and can be integrated into the psychotherapeutic process through three primary stages of therapy: diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. Utilizing a hermeneutic methodology, participants will be invited to explore and define content spanning from the digital world; artificial intelligence; virtual, mixed, and augmented realities; what an online identity is; and how online identities develop individually and collectively. Two overarching research findings will be discussed: (1) the blurring of online and of fline realities and (2) that online identities have their own social and cultural context. Within these findings, new suggested clinical applications of how to incorporate online identities into diagnosis, assessment, and treatment modalities will be proposed, most notably through the contribution of the ‘Virtual Identities Integration Therapy Model.’