PGIAA Announces Poster Session Presenters

Coming Home 2015: Poster Session Presenters


Ginger Swanson, MA (Depth, 2010)

The Other Woman: A Journey to the Whole Woman

Although she has been with us for eons, the other woman’s true identity has been all but erased from existence. She has been buried in the shadows of society’s taboos and burdened with carrying negative projections of an ill-begotten stereotype. Using Carl Jung’s theories of the archetypes and complexes, the researcher explored the lived experiences of other women portrayed in film and history over the last hundred years, including Anais Nin and Sabina Spielrein.


Satya Keyes, MA (Engaged Humanities & Creativity, 2014)

Portrait of the Artist as Creative Project Research Developer and Educator

Keyes’ vision is to facilitate through praxis the creative intelligence needed to forward and nourish any educational culture through holistic acknowledgement of Self (tending of Soul) and contributing to a world that works. She has already accomplished much, including the following: established the first mindfulness/meditation program for a 5-diamond resort spa; created a music/therapy project for performing and serving arts; developed a health/wellness program for university campus cultures combining Jungian active imagination and mindfulness/meditation techne; as well as a Next-Gen project for the evolution of social media worldwide.


Susan Savett, PhD (Depth, 2014)

Games as Theater for Soul: An Archetypal Psychology Perspective of Video Games

The question of soul-making within video games is rarely approached. Millions of people are spending billions of hours each week playing digital games. These astonishing numbers point to a vast reservoir of psychic material that has been relatively unexamined by the field of depth psychology. Yet, in a realm of virtual games where image is primary and fantasy is played out, soul (psyche) is clearly present in its various disguises. Games are a new domain for soul, and archetypal psychology may provide designers a new access path for game designs to evolve into new directions.


Charlyne Gelt, PhD (Clinical, 2001)

Hades’ Angels: An Inside View of Women Who Love Lifers and Death Row Inmates

What Women Can Learn from Their Transformative Journeys

Hades’ Angels offers a close look at women in committed relationships with lifers and death row inmates who did not know him prior to incarceration. Dr. Gelt raises consciousness about the occurrence and the nature of such relationships. These dynamics offer a world of information that can be applied to certain outwardly successful, emotionally submissive women in the general population who get caught up in destructive relationships with men on the outside. If mutual attraction to a partner has its basis in similar needs and fears, then what is it that binds a Hades’ Angel to her imprisoned partner?


Barbara Lutz, MA (Depth, 2010)

Thinking From the Heart in Clinical Practice:

Emotion Regulation with a Probation Youth with Immigrant Background Using the HeartMath Method

Congruent with indigenous wisdom, current research confirms the important role of the heart in creating the base for strategic and creative thinking: emotional regulation. By monitoring their heart rhythm, clients and clinicians alike can recognize that consistent emotional patterns either reduce or renew their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.  This case study provides an introduction to HeartMath methodology which shows heart rhythm variability as an indicator of emotion regulation, and coherence as a harmonious state, where we can connect to our deepest selves, to others, and to the earth.



Beth Anne Boardman, PhD (Myth, 2012)

The Alchemy of Adolescence

Like Egyptian Osiris, who gets trapped in a coffin, thrown into the Nile, murdered, dismembered, and reborn, adolescents follow a trajectory of profound musculoskeletal, neural, and endocrinal restructuring on the way to adulthood—a process that sometimes feels like an endless night-sea journey. This poster traces the visual, musical, and written imagery of contemporary adolescent popular culture in the United States and draws comparisons with an Alchemical process of solve et coagula, a falling apart in order to refine and reconfigure.




Jeannette Jet Nesa Bland, PhD (Myth, 2014)

Twenty-Two: Mystical Letters and Numbers of the Hebrew Alphabet

The Hebrew alphabet’s twenty-two core letters vibrate with a poetic essence drawn from stories, dreams, and lineages. Stories secure memories and details of oral traditions. Through these oral traditions, symbolic concepts evolve into shaped writing systems. Letters grew organically from these shapes and images. This book connects the meaning and mystical nature of Hebrew letters with the stories from which they emerged. The impact of the project results in a presentation of the Hebrew alphabet as a vibrational force that blends physics, art, and philosophy.