September 7, 2019 ~ The MeToo Movement: Embodied Shame and Scapegoating Sexuality in Modern Day America

Carolyn Bates, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

Program Description*:

We are immersed in a rich and transformative period in America, stoked in part by women’s anger.  But psychoanalytic theories have long been complicit in pathologizing women’s anger, preventing psychological exploration of the gender-born and power-born injuries that are weighing on and stretching so many individuals.  As uncomfortable as anger may be, it is so often born of legitimate grievance, and its energy can serve to challenge and deconstruct the political and cultural power structures between those invested in and benefitting from the patriarchy and those not.


Morning Session:
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Agnes Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

(10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break)

During the morning presentation we will define and explore Jung’s concepts of the Feminine and Masculine archetypes, as they may inform us as to how to hold the tension of opposing psychological stances around power, exploitation, and rebellion. 


(12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch $15.00)


Afternoon Session:
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Agnes Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

During the afternoon presentation we will be exploring both the creation story of Adam and Eve and the myth of Poseidon and Medusa. We will also discuss the repression of desire, the embodiment of shame, and the dynamic of scapegoating.

(2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break)


This presentation is designed to help you:

1)    Analyze and identify personal unconscious biases related to gender norms.

2)    Explain and discuss Jungian Psychology’s concept of the archetype.

3)    Discuss how aspects of the Feminine and Masculine archetypes influence individuals irrespective of gender.

4)    Apply a mythical and archetypal perspective to the current cultural movement around sexual boundary violations, the diminishment of tolerance therein, and the discovery of a collective voice in response to them.

5)    Identify cultural complexes within the context of the current Me Too Movement.


Speaker’s Bio:

Carolyn Bates, Ph.D., is a Diplomate Jungian analyst who has been practicing as an analyst since 2002 in Austin, Texas. Dr. Bates received her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin, 1989. She received her Master of Arts in Education from The University of Texas, Austin, 1986, and her Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Texas, Austin in 1977.

Dr. Bates has taught professionally at the University of Texas, Austin, and has held various committee positions within the Texas State Psychological Association, the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA), and the IRSJA, Texas Chapter Training Institutes. She holds professional affiliations with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, International Association for Analytical Psychology, Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, Texas Psychological Association, The Human Science Institute, National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers and the Psychotherapy Action Network.


* The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 5.0 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.


CEU recipients must be registered for the full day program in order to receive the 5.0 credits. Lunch at the Franciscan Renewal Center is $15.00.