Where the Angels Are: Trees as Sacred Place

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roeland Park Community Center

$15 members
$15 students

Jung said, “God or angels are said to appear in or beside trees,” in Answer to Job. This presentation will explore the majestic and numinous qualities of trees, especially the Sequoias and Redwoods in the National Parks of California. These trees can span over 250 feet in length and 100 feet in circumference, and have a lifespan of around 2,000 years.

This talk will illuminate the thoughts of Jung and others, in relation to the sacred nature of trees. In his autobiography—Memories, Dreams, Reflections—Jung describes trees alongside his experiences of Gothic cathedrals, and it appears he found associations between the two.

Cultural movements related to trees, such as the history of the National Parks and Arbor Day Foundation, will also be discussed, in order to consider their archetypal dimensions.

Brenda Murrow, PhD T-LMLP, is a mental health therapist at Pawnee Mental Health Services in northeast Kansas. She has expertise in supporting adults, children, and families with symptoms that affect their ability to thrive at home, work, or school. She specializes in working with clients who have experienced sexual abuse and other traumatic experiences. Prior to joining Pawnee Mental Health Services, Brenda’s clinical training experiences spanned an array of environments, and were primarily focused on children’s therapy, including infant-parent attachment, play therapy, and psychoanalytic interventions with emotionally disturbed children.

Brenda is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, CA. Her dissertation was a study that explored the relationships between a therapy dog and child survivors of domestic violence, physical, and sexual abuse. Her post-doctoral fellowship was completed at the Reiss Davis Child Study Center, in Los Angeles, a training program focused on the use of psychoanalytic therapy interventions with children and families. In addition to being a clinician, Brenda is also a professor part-time. She teaches statistics and research methods to doctoral psychology students. She is passionate about finding better ways to serve clients, and she learns about how to do that through being informed of academic theory and research, and also through each encounter with a client.

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