Exploring the helper's role
Helping or the role of the helper is widely respected and highly regarded. Often, helping is accepted to be the right thing to do. Is there no negative potential for helping others? Does helping never inflict harm? What is the cost of the helper role for us?
This course explores the unconscious dynamics underlying the Helper role through a Jungian lens, using Jungian concepts such as archetypes, persona, shadow, and individuation. It identifies unconscious or challenging dynamics, such as power dynamics, associated with the helper role.
In the first meeting, we will lay the archetypal ground of the helper role and explore various versions of the helper. The second session will focus on helping professionals and their persona and shadow aspects. The last session will focus on the “non-professional helpers,” those who care for a family member.