HKSTA Study Group February 2022

In February, we will study the book ‘HE: understanding masculine psychology’ by Robert A. Johnson. Robert A. Johnson was a renowned Jungian analyst and lecturer. He was also a prolific author. He published numerous books on Jungian psychology which have sold millions of copies. In his first book, ‘HE: understanding masculine psychology’, the Grail myth was explored. The Grail myth speaks of masculine psychology – what does it mean to be a man? What are the landmarks and blocks along the way to become a mature man? It is also relevant to women, for they also need to develop their inner masculinity. Decades after the publishing of the book, majority of modern women are taking part in the masculine world. The development of inner masculinity in female has become a timely and practical concern.

Details:
Book Sharing: He: Understanding Masculine Psychology, Robert A. Johnson,    
Harper Perennial; Revised ed. edition (2020)
Presenter: Ms. Chris Cheung (Educational Psychologist)
Date: 24 February, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese 

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

HKSTA Study Group January 2022

In January, we will study the book “Nine Windows to Wholeness: Exploring Numbers in Sandplay Therapy” by Pratibha S. Eastwood. In this book, the author takes the reader through a gateway of geometry and mathematics to explore the mysterious grid of numerical archetypes that underlie existence. Carl Jung speculated that numbers unite the world of the psyche and the world of matter, and the author develops this hypothesis by showing how the spiritual and mystical qualities of numbers appear within various cultures, traditions, and sciences.

Details:
Book Sharing: Pratibha S. Eastwood (2002), “Nine Windows to Wholeness: Exploring Numbers in Sandplay Therapy” , Sanity Press
Presenters: Ms. Berenice Lee (A private practitioner, Certified Counsellor of HKPCA)
Date: January 25, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only open to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

HKSTA Study Group December 2021

Alchemy in the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition can mean either a medieval chemical science and philosophy to achieve the transmutation of the base materials into gold or a power/process that transforms something in a mysterious and impressive way.  From the Jungian perspective, this is another lens through which we understand more the process of individuation.

Further to the November study group in which Sun a play therapist shares to us the basic concepts of alchemy, Kitty a certified counsellor in the December study group will share from her clinical experience in sandplay therapy practice how we may recognise alchemy is happening in the client’s psyche.  Though these are Kitty’s baby steps in making such observations, she is glad to share and explore with the groupmates so we may have some learning together.

Details:

Date:                December 14, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time:                7-9pm
Topic:               Alchemy in Action
Presenter:        Kitty Liu, a certified counsellor in private practice whose major clientele is working adults
Venue:                Webinar through Zoom
Language:        Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

HKSTA Study Group November 2021

The alchemical process is like psychoanalysis that starts from some seemingly useless things, like primitive materials, then transforms into a Philosopher’s stone. When we embark on a journey of psychoanalysis in a closed container, which is like a stable therapeutic environment, the primitive materials will gradually transform into priceless treasures.

Alchemy symbolizes the process of discovering oneself, finding the soul, and searching for treasure in the shadows. Therefore, understand the symbolic meaning of alchemy is better starting from exploring ourselves. In this study group, the speaker will share his personal experience as the way to understand the symbolic meaning in alchemy and share his understanding of the book “Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical symbolism in psychotherapy” and the journal article of “Symbols of the alchemical process and sandplay therapy”. (Levy, E. G. (2011). Symbols of the alchemical process and sandplay therapy. Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 20(2), 41-63.)

Details:

Study Topic: Using the personal process to understand alchemical symbolism
Presenters: Mr Poon Yat Sun (Registered Counsellor; Has been learning sandplay therapy since 2018)
Date: November 25, 2021 (Thu)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

HKSTA Study Group October 2021

This month we conclude our study of The Road to Enlightenment by learning from the insights of Hayao Kawai in his book Buddhism and the Art of Psychotherapy.

Kawai first learns about Psychotherapy from the West in the United States. But after returning to Japan, he continues to develop further insights into the Jungian’s theory through his understanding of Japanese Buddhism.

In this book, he touches upon the philosophy of Rosarium Philosophorum, (Rosary of the Philosophers) that has 20 pictures depicting a “spiritual journey” that the alchemist has to go through in order to achieve enlightenment. He then compares the journey of the Ten Oxen Herding pictures with this series of 20 pictures that show a similar process. Then he goes on to decipher how the East and the West defers in the finding of Self and their attainment of consciousness.   

In this study, we will introduce the concept of Rosarium Philosophorum that is the basis of alchemy where the union of animus and anima comes into being to achieve a new sense of awareness. We will see how Kawai compares this philosophy with the Ten Oxen Herding and how these concepts can be applied in the fairy tale of The Wizard of Oz to conclude our 3-part study of this series.

For those who are interested in getting to know the concept of Rosarium PHiosophorum, you can find an introduction from this link: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/library/files/special/exhibns/month/april2009.html

Details:

Study Topic: The Process of Individuation from the East and West
Presenters: Ms Jennifer Wong (A counsellor and a part-time assistant lecturerer for the Master program in counselling of the University of Hong Kong)
and Ms. Berenice Lee (A private practitioner, Certified Counsellor of HKPCA)
Date: October 27, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.