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jung forum - where your mama at: observations from the fish bowl
This paper documents my time working in a pre-school for deprived children, aged from two to four years old, situated in the American South. It highlights the difficult situations of these children and explores the environment within which they develop.
This raises many questions about the unconscious processes which are possibly at work, and how trauma affects the capabilities and capacities of those involved in their care. The paper gives an overview of the complex societal context before focusing on the, often painful experiences of individual children, and the powerful impact of this on the staff. I then investigate my subjective observations, to reflect on a possible understanding of the inner experience for the other. I also explore the impact and value that child psychotherapists might bring to similar environments.
About the speaker:
Rowena Deletant trained as a child & adolescent psychotherapist at the bpf on the Jungian pathway. Following this she decamped to the USA to study jazz dance and volunteer at the pre-school detailed in the paper.
Upon return she resumed her clinical work with families at the Bridge Foundation in Bristol, and started teaching theory, and leading baby observation seminars for the bpf. She was also part of the team that set up the new introductory course into Jungian and Psychoanalytic ideas at bpf, 'Psychotherapy Today.’ She is currently exploring training as a parent-infant psychotherapist, re-imagining life as an expectant mother, and rehabilitating two rescue dogs, with her fiancé in Bristol.