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Presented by Marion Anderson, Ph.D. 4 Wednesdays: April 14 , 21, 28, May 5 - 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. During unusual times in the outer world, we resource to the voice of our inner nature, the unconscious. C.G. Jung, in personal times of crisis, resourced to contacting his inner images and found new directions in his outer life. In this online workshop, we will work with symbols of nature while contacting the wisdom of the unconscious to find a balancing standpoint. This 4-week series will include guided imagination and concretely painting those images at the comfort of your home. The last class will give us an opportunity to look at the series of images and attempt some interpretations of their meaning. For this class, it will be necessary to purchase coloring material of your choice and paper. (more detailed information after enrollment.) Learning Objectives: Demonstrate how symbolic content can be expressed through painting images of the unconscious Describe how evoking symbols from the unconscious can have a healing effect Describe how this technique can be helpful during times of emotional transition Describe how creating an image with the hands can evoke a more active attitude. Describe how bringing unconscious images into consciousness can be used…Find out more »
Jung and Synchronicity recommended reading Presented by Laurence Browne, Ph.D. Rarely do new words introduced to the public by a particular author become readily accepted as part of general discourse, and it is doubtful that Jung himself could have predicted how popular his invented term would become. His hypothesis of synchronicity was an attempt to discover the meaning in meaningful coincidences. Jung believed that perhaps something more was going on, namely that such experiences were in fact fleeting glimpses of an underlying timeless realm in which mind and matter are as yet undifferentiated. In this talk, we will focus on how Jung came to develop his ideas on this most fascinating topic. Laurence Browne has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Queensland, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow within the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. He is the author of The Many Faces of Coincidence, published in 2017 by Imprint Academic, Exeter, U.K.Find out more »
Medea Presented by Corey Hooper, M.F.T. Medea’s act of killing her children stands out as one of the most horrific crimes/taboos in our collective memory. In this presentation, we will examine our own potential for rage, hatred, and violence, and our horror at confronting this shadow piece of ourselves. We will examine what happens symbolically when one is faced with and threatened with possession by our own internal destructive forces, and ways of working with this material clinically. Learning objectives: Describe critical factors which contribute to self-destructive and violent behavior; Describe how to help clients identify and work with their self-destructive patterns of behavior; Identify some countertransference responses which may affect the therapist in dealing with self-destructive patterns in patients. Corey Hooper, M.F.T., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Pasadena. In addition to her practice, she currently chairs the Ethics Committee and recently taught Answer to Job at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and is a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Corey was also trained as a botanical artist, worked for a non-profit spiritual organization for many years, and was a pharmacist in her early years. She enjoys the solitude of walking and being in…Find out more »
Presented by August J. Cwik, Psy.D. The Axiom of Maria Prophetissa states: One becomes Two, Two becomes Three, and out of the Third comes the One as the Fourth. This axiom holds one of life’s great mysteries—the secret of secrets—and proves to be a master metaphor for the process of individuation itself and spiritual regeneration. In this presentation we will look at the first four numbers as they have been elaborated psychologically. We will look at this process developmentally in relation to body, soul and spirit, how various psychologies have emerged out of them, and how they lead to the three stages of coniunctio as described by Jung in Mysterium Coniunctionis. Learning Objectives: Discuss the Axiom of Maria in psychological terms; Describe the first four numbers in psychological terms; Describe the three stages of coniunctio. August J. Cwik, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, hypnotherapist, and Jungian analyst in private practice in the Chicago area. He is a member of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts. He is also an assistant editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He was co-director of training of the analyst training program and co-director of the clinical training program in analytical psychotherapy at the C.G.…Find out more »
Presented by Marion Anderson, Ph.D. 4 Wednesdays: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 2021; 3:30-5:30 pm Encountering images of the unconscious can have healing effects and provide a renewed attitude. Giving form to meaningful inner images through painting provides the participants access to psychic energy from the unconscious. In 4 weekly workshop encounters on zoom, we will explore the archetypal contents of a fairy tale by painting important individual images and sharing the experience of our personal processes with the group. For mental health professionals, the exploration and lived experience of archetypal forces through personal inner imagery is necessary and helpful to guide clients in their search of renewed attitudes and symbolic depth as C.G. Jung proposes in his work. This workshop is for adults only and no previous experience with painting is necessary. Learning Objectives: Describe the power of images of the unconscious; Describe the difficulties that can occur when expressing inner images; Define shadow work through symbols of inner images; Describe how painting symbols from the unconscious can have a healing effect on clients; Describe how this technique can be helpful during times of emotional transition; Describe how creating an image with the hands can stimulate a more…Find out more »
Videoconference—Edith Sullwold Memorial Lecture: The Alchemical Method: Transforming Lives Through Myth
Presented by Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D. Jung understood myths to be expressions of what he called the pre-conscious psyche, which reflect the archetypal nature of the collective unconscious. In this experiential seminar, Dr. Scruggs will present a myth, utilizing a method which integrates storytelling and drumming as a means of inviting an internal exploration of both archetypal and personal material in the service of developing social and emotional learning (SEL). The exploration and use of myth in the context of psychotherapy will be discussed both as a form of containment and structure for unconscious material, as well as presenting ways of dealing with emotional issues symbolically. Learning Objectives: Discuss how myth increases Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) awareness; Describe how myth increases capacity for self-reflection and self-discovery; Give an example of using myth to reframe and deepen experience. Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Alchemy, Inc., a non-profit organization in Akron, Ohio which uses the sharing and analysis of myth to transform the lives of urban youth. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He speaks nationally and internationally on using myth to engage youth, create community, stimulate…Find out more »
Zoom link: Book Talk Far From This Land This event will consist of a selection to be read by the author, followed by questions and answers and an open discussion. "Michael Gellert’s Far From This Land is an extraordinary exploration of the interweaving mysteries of the cosmos and of the human brain. . . . His story is a compelling mystery investigation, in the best sense of that word.” – James Hollis, Ph.D. “I truly enjoyed Michael Gellert’s impressive, compelling, and visionary story. . . . Like Jung’s Red Book, this book makes us think about reality in a new way, offering a window into realms of the psyche of which we are usually unaware.” – Lionel Corbett, M.D. “A most unconventionally convincing story, so breathtaking that I had to periodically pause to come up for air.” – Barbara Brown Taylor, New York Times-bestselling author “This book is a beautiful, towering accomplishment, and a powerful response to the challenges our species faces at this critical hinge of history.” – Larry Dossey, M.D. Click here for more information about this book. Order signed and personalized copies through the C. G. Jung Bookstore.Find out more »
Presented by James Hollis, Ph.D. Aristotle noted that art was a more reliable portrait of what happens than history. History is both an interpretation and tied to the particular; art, in turn, speaks to the timeless, universal movements of history and embodies the permutations of the human animal. These three portraits in poetry will serve as the springboard for our conversation: T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” Jon Stallworthy’s “Letter from Berlin,” and Sharon Olds’s “I Go Back to May, 1937.” By witnessing the struggles of others, we gain pointers, insights, even strategies to address our own difficulties. In this workshop, we will examine three reports from the trenches, the never-ending wins and losses in the battle to survive, even make sense of one’s life. James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in Washington, DC and author of seventeen books translated into twenty languages. Please click on the following links to access the letters: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/44212/the-love-song-of-j-alfred-prufrock https://poetryarchive.org/poem/letter-from-berlin/ https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47057/i-go-back-to-may-1937Find out more »
Join us online on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 when our Director of Training will host a virtual Open House with a panel of analysts and candidates to answer your questions and offer their own experiences of the program. Hearing from current candidates and those who have recently been certified provides a rich picture of what our program offers, the rewards and the challenges. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, October 22 so that the Zoom invitation will be sent to you.Find out more »
Presented by Connie Zweig, Ph.D. The end of work can lead to a liminal period, letting go into a sense of uncertainty, loss of identity, and loss of meaning. A depth psychological approach to this late-life identity crisis requires a turn within and the tools to break through denial, attune to the soul’s longings, and explore meaning beyond doing. If we complete the rite of passage, we find renewal in an identity beyond role. Shifting our identities from role to soul, we release the heroic ego’s strivings and become who we truly are, perhaps for the first time. The Inner Work of Age by Connie Zweig, Ph.D. $19.99 Connie Zweig, Ph.D., is a retired Jungian-oriented therapist, co-author of Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow, author of Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality and a novel, A Moth to the Flame: The Life of Sufi Poet Rumi. Her book, The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul, (Sept. 2021), extends shadow-work into late life and teaches aging as a spiritual practice. Connie has been doing contemplative practices for 50 years. She is a wife and grandmother and was initiated as an Elder by Sage-ing International in 2017. After investing in all these roles, she is practicing the…Find out more »
Presented by Hansueli F. Etter, Ph.D. Shortly before the death of Marie-Louise von Franz, Dr. Etter had a dream about her that included a surprising image of her soul. He had the chance to tell her the dream and got in response a short comment from her. In this presentation, Dr. Etter will amplify the images of his dream and weave together memories of his experiences with Marie-Louise von Franz and facts about her amazing and admirable creative life. Hansueli F. Etter has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Zürich and lectured for many years at the University of Basel. He received his diploma from the C. G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht in 1982 and has worked since then in his own practice. He is the president of the Foundation for Jungian Psychology in Küsnacht, which is publishing the new editions of the books of Marie-Louise von Franz. He is also editor of the journal Jungiana and a founding member of the Research and Training Centre for Depth Psychology according to C. G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz, Zürich. His main research interest is the religious dimension of Jungian psychology and the secret relation between psyche and mater. He lectures regularly in Switzerland and internationally and published several books and articles in different languages.Find out more »
Three events presented by Lance Owens, M.D. Friday, March 11, 7:30 - 9:30 pm (Pacific Time) Saturday, March 12, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Pacific Time) Sunday, March 13, 2:00 - 4:00 pm (Pacific Time) The last four major books Jung published were a veiled summary of his experiences during the period he recorded his Black Book Journals and the years in which he transcribed the Red Book: Liber Novus. Only with the recent publication of these long-sequestered private writings has this fact been unambiguously documented. In 1944, Jung suffered an illness that took him to the edge of death. During a period of several weeks in February 1944, he experienced near-death visions, events so intense that they changed his understanding of his life journey. These transformative visions returned him to the visionary events that were the foundations of his life work. His book Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self, written between about 1946 and 1950, was a major meditation on the seminal source of his life work, the events recorded in Liber Novus and the journals. In this seminar, we will examine the roots of Aion and Jung’s vision of the Christian age at its terminus. We will turn from the text of Aion back to Liber Novus and…Find out more »
In-Person + Zoom:
The Collective Unconscious in the Age of Neuroscience:
Severe Mental Illness and Jung in the 21st Century
Presented by Hallie Durchslag, Ph.D.
Is all psychosis the same? Depth psychology treats it as such, yet medical models of severe mental illness say different. While medication can be a dirty word in Jungian circles, some disorders cannot be treated without it. Is there common ground? Can Jung’s bedrock notion of a collective unconscious coexist within scientific advances that have occurred since his death? The answer is a resounding yes. This workshop will explore the remarkable prescience of Jung’s work, how medical models actually advance his theory, and the challenges and opportunities for analytical psychology moving forward.
Presented by Pamela Power, Ph.D.
This presentation is meant to open a discussion of the impact of tele-health technology on the psychoanalytic process with a particular focus on transference and countertransference. The more hidden and refractory aspects of the psyche seem to be less effectively met in the process of ‘distance’ analysis. While we are aware of the losses ensued by the lack of in-person meetings, are there any gains? Perhaps we are living in the midst of a paradigm shift to what Jungian psychoanalysis is becoming.
Presented by Stephen Kenneally, M.B.A., M.F.T.
How do clinicians and patients bear the spark of consciousness that the analytic encounter can generate when we know that full integration is elusive and slow? The slow circling of a complex can be frustrating; the defensive regressions can be demoralizing; and the envious attacks can be exasperating. This conversation will address various strategies to help the therapist hold these reactions and discuss ways of thinking about these painful encounters as necessary precursors in the service of individuation.
Presented by Barry Miller, Ph.D.
As our present culture struggles (as all cultures do) to find what seem like the "truths" about ourselves and our position in the culture, we must all relate personally to the emerging ideas that have enormous impact in generating pivotal assumptions of physical and psychology identity. Issues such as recognizing the urgent need to bring in those who have been outcastes, or our yearning for an understanding of the variance of sexualities and gender, are some of the conditions that generate a tendency to coagulate a readily communicable identity, offering a sense of knowing who one is and who is the other. The analytic relationship becomes an arena where these truths and emerging ideas are tested in terms of an individual's own psychology. The ways in which we approach these current themes, how they emerge in the work, and how we maintain a psychological attitude in the presence of these tensions will be the focus of our discussion.
Zoom Only: For Clinicians Only:
Group Dreaming during Times of Extraordinary Private and Communal Stress
Presented by Judith Hecker, Ph.D.
Beginning in September 2001, a small group of candidates in training at the C. G. Institute of Los Angeles began meeting to discuss their dreams. Some of the themes that emerged included responses to the stress, fear, and anxiety resulting from the current political situation, how individuals respond to extreme personal and communal disturbance, and what analytical psychology has to offer in terms of dealing with current reality and our adaptive responses to it. We will also address how to apply the principles of small group dreaming to one’s clinical practice.
Presented by Pamela Power, Ph.D.
This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the evolution of Western music before turning to the music of Rap that today plays a powerful, perhaps unrecognized, artistic function of our times. Rap is ubiquitous around the world, provides a unifying function and carries a spirit of global awareness. Rap can be seen as contemporary ‘liturgical’ music.
Presented by Marybeth Carter, Ph.D.
The Swedish artist, Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), has transitioned from obscurity to prominence as was illustrated recently by a solo exhibition of her work. This exhibition (October 12, 2018-April 23, 2019) became the Guggenheim New York’s most popular show since the museum opened 60 years ago. In addition to the incredible visual quality of her art, af Klint impels the viewer to consider concepts and states similar to Jung’s (1875-1961)creative expressions, both through his visual works and writings. Through their prolific output, af Klint and Jung each reveal their personal encounters with an invisible “other” and explore the multi-dimensional. This presentation will review Hilma a Klint’s life experiences and creative achievement, then explore the parallels with those of Jung and Jungian psychology.
Presented by Marion Anderson, Ph.D.
While Jung emphasized the importance of fantasy and play to psychic development, he also recognized that fantasies also need to be actively transformed and symbolically represented for any significant transformation to occur. In this workshop series, we will use a fantastic short story and actively engage with color and brushes as a means of helping our inner images become alive and more conscious. Individuals will be encouraged to further amplify their images through personal reflection such as writing and sharing with the group. We will discuss ways of implementing painting as a form of active imagination in the context of analytic work.
This workshop does not require any artistic training or capacities and is for adults only.
Psychologists/LCSWs/MFTs/LPCCs: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Nurses: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.