By Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
We’ve just finished the final day of the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference.
This year’s conference, with the theme of “Bridging the Divide: Healing for the Personal and Collective Soul,” took place Oct. 5-8 in Virginia Beach, Va. It’s the first time in several years that the conference has been located on the East Coast of the United States.
We’d like to think there are other noteworthy and newsworthy items that are worth sharing. Here are my 10 takeaways from the conference:
Dr. Karl-Heinz Rauscher gave this keynote speech in "Collective Healing" at the North American Systemic Constellations Conference on Oct. 7, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Va. The theme of the conference was “Bridging the Divide: Healing the Personal and Collective Soul.”
By Karl-Heinz Rauscher, M.D.
Good morning. I am delighted to be invited to speak about the important issue of "Collective Healing" at this conference. Collective healing is defined as a healing impulse from which not only a few, but many people benefit, perhaps even large parts of the population.
The centerpiece of systemic constellation work is still the family constellation. It remains important and valuable. On the personal level, however, we only reach a small percentage of people who suffer from the consequences of collective trauma. Plus, in the face of current wars, expulsions and natural catastrophes, the work on personal problems often occurs to me as a Sisyphean task. We work with the consequences of the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War, while every day hundreds and thousands of people die in the current wars.
We work with the descendants of people who were murdered in genocides in the 19th and 20th centuries, while new genocides are being carried out. We work with the consequences of the expulsions of the great-grandparents, while millions of people are on the run every day.
By Katherine Revoir
Hooray for Family Constellations!
Entanglements are identified, family members are given their respected and honored place in the system, and the client ends up with a more expansive view of the family, with more room for choice about how to move.
A Family Constellations session is resolved when connections between family members are acknowledged and brought into balance, and missing people and pieces of information are reclaimed. At this point, at the end of the constellation, the client has a new opportunity to ask the question, “How will I now choose to relate to myself and others in healthy and loving ways?”
This question is one of my favorites that comes from constellation work, and is at the heart of my explorations into attachment and intimacy, which I will have the good fortune to be presenting at the North American Systemic Constellations Conference.
By Jenn Elsa Plourde
Four years ago I took part in a Systemic Constellations session. The group I am involved with has monthly meetings, and our theme that month had to do with land, place and identity – topics that have been spinning around my head since I was a child.
I live on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron and Haudenosaunee people that are now a part of Ontario, Canada. My roots go deep in Canada. My mother's family is French Canadian. Everyone in my maternal lineage was here by the 1620s.
My father's father is French Canadian, and the first ancestor who came here from France on that side was in the 1590s. My father's mother is Anishinaabe, and her ancestors have lived in the area of Northern Ontario where we are from for at least 1,000 years.
By Melody Allen, MA, PMA, LPC-S
My healing journey started from my own outpouring of grief and misunderstanding about being a single woman older than 30.
When I talked with friends and family about this matter, I met responses ranging from “Have you prayed?” to “How are you sabotaging yourself?” and “Look who you’re picking!” I later realized that these unsupported comments arose from people’s inability to handle the anxiety of not having an answer for me. I decided to stop complaining and accept singledom as my present state. There was nothing I could do about it until the time came for “IT” to change.
Just bringing up the topic of being single used to give me a visceral reaction, rooted in the shame and blame that society puts on unmarried, childless young women. In alignment with our 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference theme “Bridging the Divide: Healing the Personal and Collective Soul,” I have seen so many divides when it come to finding love and lasting partnership.
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