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"Civilization and the Discontented" -- a Video-presentation with Christopher Bollas
Christopher Bollas will join Community West to examine the historical, psychological and cultural development of the nation-state. We are in the midst of catastrophic change, one that lays bare an evolutionary gap that society appears ill-equipped to navigate. Bollas will explore the role of civilization as a potential transformational object—one that that may bridge this evolutionary gap and foster a world that is beyond survivable, but one that is both humane and generative.

Aug 8, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Christopher Bollas, PhD
Director of Education @CommunityWest
Christopher Bollas graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in history. He gained a PhD at the University of Buffalo in English literature and trained in psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London and in Adult Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London. He has been Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of Rome as well as the University of Buffalo, the University of East Anglia, and Brunel University. He was Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts from 1983-87. He is the author of many works of nonfiction, three novels, five plays and his works have been translated into numerous languages. He has been described by The Townsend Center (UC-Berkeley) in 2016 as “the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today”, by Al-Haaretz in 2010 as “one of the two most important living theoreticians in the world of psychoanalysis” and by Adam Phillips as “the most evocative psychoanalytic writer we have."
John Grienenberger, PhD
Founder, Executive and Clinical Director @Community West
John F. Grienenberger, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and developmental researcher. He is the former Clinical Director of Psychological Care and Healing (PCH) Treatment Center in Mar Vista, California (2012-2016). In addition to his work at Community West, he also currently serves as the Co-director of the non-profit Center for Reflective Communities, where he founded and developed the Reflective Parenting Program and the Reflective Care Program. He has extensive experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy and mentalization-based individual and family work, and has trained hundreds of therapists in his mentalization-based model of treatment.
Sacha Bollas, PsyD
Founder, Director of Group Services @Community West
Sacha Bollas, Psy.D., Msc was born and raised in the United Kingdom where he studied as a fine artist (sculpture) before receiving a BA in Art History and Cultural Studies at Sussex University. He earned a Master of Science Degree at University College London Psychology department, received his clinical psychology doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley California and is a Senior Candidate in psychoanalytic training at the Los Angeles Institute and Society of Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). He has lectured extensively on the psychodynamics of eating disorders, and is presently teaching and supervising postdoctoral fellows at the Wright Institute Los Angeles.