Image from C.G. Jung’s Red Book

The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles offers a Certificate Program in Jungian Studies for non-clinician. This version of the Certificate Program is intended for a public interested in the in-depth study of Jung’s psychology. It is not limited to licensed mental health professionals. Each Saturday morning (9:00 am-1:00 pm) will be devoted to the didactic part of the program and the afternoon (2:00-4:00 pm) to its experiential part.

Certificate: A Certificate in Jungian Studies will be awarded to participants after completion of the program. Participants may miss 2 classes at most and still receive the certificate.

Continuing Education credits are not available for this program.

Schedule of Seminar Courses

Saturday, September 28, 2019; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Philosophical, Clinical, and Religious Influences On Jung’s Concept of the Psyche

Presented by Charles T. Zeltzer, Ph.D.

Jung’s rich and complex childhood was immersed in religious and scholarly pursuits, and intense inner experiences. As a young psychiatrist he pursued study and training in all of the current thinking in European psychology and clinical practice. This presentation will focus on some of the most formative influences on Jung’s approach to the psyche.

Morning Session:
In addition to examining how romantic philosophy shaped Jung’s worldview, we will review his early clinical experiences. The thinking of such seminal psychologists as Pierre Janet, Eugen Bleuler and Sigmund Freud, among others, will be examined for their influence on how Jung conceptualized the structure of the psyche, psychological dynamics, complex theory, and the process of individuation.

Afternoon Session:
We will complete our discussion of the clinical influences on Jung, and move to an examination of Jung’s early dreams and visions, the influence of his father, and his pursuits of both Eastern and Western religious philosophy. Together we will watch the famous BBC interview of Jung, using it as a springboard to understand his perspective on the relationship between religion and psychology.

Charles T. Zeltzer, Ph.D. has been a certified Jungian analyst since 1992, practicing in Ventura and Santa Monica, California. Charles was the Director of Training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He was a long-time member of the editorial board of the Jungian journal, Psychological Perspectives, and has been the guest editor for special issues on Jung and the East, and fairy tales. He has spoken throughout the United States and Europe on the body in relation to the inner journey of encountering early trauma, Kundalini Yoga and alchemy, and the Roman Catholic Mass and alchemy. Charles specializes in leading seminars on Jung’s alchemical works. For 13 years, he conducted a line-by-line discussion of Jung’s magnum opus, Mysterium Coniunctionis.

Saturday, October 19, 2019; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

An Introduction To Jung’s Key Concepts

Presented by Marlene Frantz, M.A., M.F.T. 

Morning Session: Jung 101: An Introduction to Jung’s Key Concepts
This program will focus on some of the cornerstones that are essential for a basic understanding of Jung’s unique approach to psychology. Using Two Essays on Analytical Psychology as a jumping off point, we will discuss some of Jung’s concepts including but not limited to the persona, the ego, the shadow, the anima and animus, the collective and personal unconscious, the Self, the spirit of the times and the spirit of the depths.

Afternoon Session: Seeing Popular Culture Through a Jungian Lens
Popular culture is defined in Psychology Today as something that is “an expression of a society’s shared experiences (and) has essential value and a beneficial function to that society.” In the afternoon we will expand our understanding of Jung by applying his ideas to various aspects of popular culture. Students are encouraged to spend time before class thinking about what a Jungian lens might reveal about current trends, in American society that are of interest to them.

Marlene Frantz, M.A., M.F.T. is a Jungian analyst, a certified group psychotherapist and certified equine therapist in private practice in Santa Monica and Topanga, California. She has contributed articles and been a featured artist in Psychological Perspectives; is a member of the teaching faculty of The Jung Institute of Los Angeles and Jung in Ireland; and has lectured on creativity, grief, facing mortality and Equine Therapy. In addition, she has lead groups and workshops in Los Angeles on the creative process, dreams, uncovering personal rituals around food, and rebuilding ones life after loss.

Saturday, November 16, 2019; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Individuation and the Realization of the Self

Presented by Stephen Kenneally, M.A., M.B.A., M.F.T.

Individuation—the lifelong development of the personality—is central to Jung’s psychology. It is the process of realizing a distinctive expression of oneself that is often symbolized as a heroic quest for transformation and the achievement of wisdom.  While aspects of this concept have been embraced by popular culture, Jung’s individuation describes a far more intricate process of self-realization that involves a deepening relationship to one’s unconscious with the help of Jung’s concepts of shadow, anima, complexes, archetypes and Self.

The class will cover the theory in the morning and use the afternoon to do some experiential exercises to demonstrate ways to deepen one’s relationship to the unconscious and to facilitate one’s individuation.

Stephen Kenneally, M.A., M.B.A., M.F.T is a Jungian analyst practicing in Santa Monica, CA. He worked in finance in NYC and in 1998 left Wall St. and moved to the Shalom Mountain Retreat Center in upstate New York where he trained in bio-energetics, group counseling, and Jungian psychotherapy. In 2000, Stephen moved to Los Angeles to further his training at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Counseling West, and the C.G Jung Institute of L.A. He currently divides his time between his private practice in Santa Monica, teaching at Antioch University, his supervisory and committee work at the Institute, and his family.

Saturday, December 14, 2019; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Fairytale and Myth   

Presented by Steven Galipeau, M.A., M.Div. 

Morning Session:
In this seminar we will explore the great value of studying myths and fairytales. Immersed in these narratives are the archetypes and core components of the human psyche.  Connections we make to the symbols and images found there help us more fully understand important psychological patterns within ourselves and the larger culture that are an inherent part of the human condition. In this light we will examine the Exodus myth found in the Hebrew Bible (and the Quran), some classic mythology and literature, modern literature and film, and medieval fairy tales that in their own way speak to our own times.

Afternoon Session:
In the afternoon session we will share our own ancestral stories and “mythic” upbringing (or lack thereof) and discuss together a film and fairytale we have all seen or read in advance.

Steven Galipeau, M.A., M.Div. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Woodland Hills and Executive Director of Coldwater Counseling in Studio City.  A faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and a frequent lecturer in public programs, Steve is the author of Transforming Body and Soul: Therapeutic Wisdom in the Gospel Healing Stories, The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol and several journal articles and reviews.

Saturday, January 25, 2020; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dream Images of the Collective Unconscious:
Their Transformative Healing Power

Presented by Michal Aizenman, L.P.C.C.

“The Collective Unconscious contains the whole spiritual heritage of mankind’s evolution, born anew in the brain structure of every individual” – C. G. Jung.

In this theoretical and experiential presentation, participants will have the opportunity to work through a dream from a Jungian perspective. Using amplification, active imagination, as well as the four functions, we will discuss ways of elaborating dream images, including how to distinguish between images from the personal vs. the collective unconscious; demonstrate the use of alchemy in interpreting dream images; and explore the role of developmental theories as a means of illuminating the ways in which a dream can shed light and explain certain aspects of the dreamer’s life situation and personal history. In particular, we will focus on and witness some of the ways in which the power and energy contained in a dream have the potential to heal and transform the psyche.

Michal Aizenman, L.P.C.C., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in West Los Angeles. She trained as a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in Israel, where she worked in psychiatric hospitals, out-patient clinics and the military, in addition to her private practice. She has taught at Dartmouth College and at UCSC, and is currently teaching through the UCLA Extension Program as well as the Jung Institute in LA. Michal’s current interests are dreams and neuroscience. Michal teaches and lectures regularly on dreams and dreaming.

Image from C.G. Jung’s Red Book

Saturday, February 15, 2020; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

C.G. Jung’s Red Book

Presented by J. Gordon Nelson, Ph.D.

Morning Session: C. G. Jung’s Red Book: An Encounter With a Life Transforming Process.

Through the process of active imagination, Jung encountered the archetypal world of the psyche which profoundly changed him, engaged his soul, and taught him the way he could know the unconscious. This was evidenced in what became known as The Red Book, a Liber Novus (New Book) which is in in itself a work of art that is both transformative and rejuvenating.Via the art and writings of the Red Book, Jung became the architect of the psychology that changed his life and framed his career. Drawing from the steps of the individuation process as described by Jung in Two Essays (Collected Works, Vol. 7) and enacted in The Red Book, we will examine some of the images and psychic energy with which Jung developed his ideas about the unconscious, including the archetypes, the role of complexes, and the notion of the Self.


Afternoon Session: The Transformation of Life Through Art and Experience
The Red Book poses a question to us: Can we live that way? Can we live up to the challenge the unconscious brings to us? Can each of us frame, experience and test “the experiment that the self is making” in our own life? In this portion of the day, we will explore and practice the making of “our own Red Books” via group discussion, and writing and/or art exercises, including looking at slides of images from The Red Book. The objective is to include our own experience of the unconscious, incorporating and integrating shadow, those parts of the self which are often disowned or defended against because they are felt to be too painful to be tolerated by the ego, and that thereby create the energy of art.

J. Gordon Nelson, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst and educational psychologist in Santa Monica. He has taught the complete C. G. Jung Collected Works Reading Program many times, as well as many individual training courses on Jung here, and other professional psychology graduate schools. He is a former president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and Chair of its Certifying Board for new analysts.

Saturday, March 28, 2020; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Archetype Of Time:
Imaginal Exploration Of Our Moment of Birth

Presented by Brockton D. Hill, J.D., M.A.

In two scholarly works, Jung’s Studies in Astrology: Prophecy, Magic, and the Qualities of Time (Volume 1) and The Astrological World of Jung’s ‘Liber Novus’: Daimons, Gods, and the Planetary Journey (Volume 2), the psychological astrologer, Jungian Analyst, and historian Liz Greene documents the profound impact Jung’s very individual understanding of astrology had on the entirety of his work. In particular, Dr. Greene demonstrates how Jung’s Liber Novus may be read as Jung’s confrontation with the archetypal energies constellated at the moment of his birth and as his journey through the symbols of his own astrological chart. She also illustrates how he derived his therapeutic technique of active imagination from, among other things, his understanding of the antique method of theurgy, or god working.

Morning Session:
We will explore Jung’s relationship to astrology and how it influenced some of his core theoretical concepts, such as complex, typology, individuation and the Self. There will be a focus on his later theoretical writings, including Aion, and how he viewed the contrasting collective psychologies of the age of Pisces and the present or soon to come age of Aquarius.

Afternoon Session:
Using the astrological bread crumbs Jung scattered throughout Liber Novus as a guide, this part of the seminar will encourage participants to begin the process of exploring and interacting with the archetypal energies constellated at the moment of their own birth. This will include a discussion of the astrological concept of the oikodespotes, or planetary chart ruler, including which planet might carry that moniker for each participant. For Jung this was the planet Saturn and manifested imaginally for him as the figure Philemon.’ Participants having some familiarity with their own astrological birth chart would be helpful but not necessary.

Brockton D. Hill, J.D., M.A., M.F.T. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Pasadena and Los Angeles, California. He is a past President of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles where he also teaches in the Analyst Training Program. He has lectured on various subjects from the perspective of Jungian Psychology, including Dreams, Mythology, the Qabalah, Tarot and The Red Book, and he is the author of several articles, including “Living in a Time of Nonsense: Lessons from Liber Primus in the Face of the Rounds of Hades.” He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Saturday, April 25, 2020; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Psyche in the World:
How Cultural Complexes
Can Take Possession of Our Souls

Presented by Thomas Singer, M.D.

Morning Session:
Differentiating the personal, group and archetypal levels of cultural complexes is not easy but can be quite rewarding in terms of helping ourselves and the groups to which we belong see more clearly how our lives are deeply influenced by these complexes which operate at many levels of the psyche. Drawing from his research in Australia, Latin America, Europe, and East Asia, Dr. Singer will examine the basic concept of cultural complexes and ways in which they operate—in individuals and in  groups that can be based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national identity and in the emerging global community. Utilizing case material we will look at a potent cultural complex manifested in the life of an individual.  We will study some of the ways in which cultural complexes can live and function both within a group and between groups. Finally we will focus on how archetypes can surface in cultural complexes.

Afternoon Session:
Throughout the workshop, participants will be encouraged to identify and share their own experiences of cultural complexes—whether it be in personal experience, clinical examples, or in the emerging national and world upheaval.

Thomas Singer, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco, and current President of National ARAS, an archive of symbolic imagery.  Author of The Vision Thing:  Myth, Politics and Psyche in the World, he has also edited  a series of books exploring cultural complexes that includes Placing Psyche (Australia), Listening to Latin America, Europe’s Many Souls, and The Cultural Complex, in addition to having two books in preparation, one on American Cultural Complexes and one on Southeast Asian Cultural Complexes.  Most recently, Dr. Singer has teamed up with a co-author of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump to create the Mind of State podcast series that probes the interface of psychology (psyche) and politics:

Saturday, May 16, 2020; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Jung and Film

Presented by John Beebe, M.D.

Morning Session: Private and Public Spaces in Film
Sparking our engagement with short clips from recent and classic films, John Beebe will demonstrate an approach to analyzing film symbolism that draws on a range of Jungian concepts and techniques, including insights from archetypal psychology, dream work and active imagination, work on the shadow, recognition of psychological types, and nuggets of self-experience.

As when we consider the subjective and objective aspects of our own dreams, films often suggest at least two possible interpretations—one in which the characters and action epitomize relationships in the world we inhabit along with them—such as a shared political reality –and one in which symbols match in an uncanny way more private, intrapsychic processes. Often an insight from one of these sides of a complete interpretation can help to illuminate the other.

Afternoon Session: Getting the Juice Out of Jungian Film Analysis
We will view a longer film excerpt and try to analyze it together, applying all of the approaches and concepts that Dr. Beebe introduced in the morning session. We will pool our impressions to more comprehensively extract the meanings implicit in the film. We will also notice and reflect together on what the experience of working on it as a group is like for us. Is it frustrating or rewarding? Does it help us to read the film more accurately? Or is our concentration broken by others’ associations and reminiscences? If so, can we still learn from the complexes stirred up by others’ reactions and find their origin in the film itself? Which images continue to channel our engaged, shared participation in the world view of the film?

John Beebe, M.D. is a Jungian analyst and past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco who has spearheaded a Jungian approach to the analysis of film. In teaching and writing, he has often used psychological type and archetype to explore both individual filmmaker creativity and the cultural and political unconscious as revealed by a moving film. Dr. Beebe’s books include Integrity in Depth and Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type. With Virginia Apperson, he has co-authored The Presence of the Feminine in Film.

Image from C.G Jung’s Red Book

Saturday, June 20, 2020; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ways of Knowing

Presented by Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D.

Morning Session: Bridging Psyche & Matter through Science & Jungian Psychology
How do we know the world? How does our way of knowing affect how we live in/with the world? For centuries, these questions were the domain of philosophy. Later, the first question became the focus of the natural sciences, while the latter that of psychology. In this course, we will consider how science looks at and defines our relationship to the world. The appearance of quantum theory and relativity radically revised how we know the world. Collectively, we still grapple with these revolutionary ways of knowing and their implications for how we live in/with the world. We will explore the physics of the quantum realm with all of its seemingly counterintuitive implications, the world of space-time and complete our journey reflecting on complexity theory. Parallel to our scientific exploration, we will consider how Jungian psychology complements and deepens psyche’s bridge with the material world. Jungian concepts considered include: imaginal ‘thinking,’ archetypes, synchronicity and the psychoidal realm. Underlying all of these topics is our experience of time, which is the final frontier in our journey through psyche and matter.

Afternoon Session: Manifestations of Ways of Knowing
In this part of our day together, we will use film segments to further develop and amplify our understanding of the morning’s theoretical explorations. We will discuss how these film images deepen our experience of both the scientific and Jungian ways of knowing the world. We will conclude the afternoon with a discussion on how to apply our understanding in relation to a world in accelerating crisis.

Jeffrey T. Kiehl, Ph.D. is a diplomate Jungian analyst with both the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. He originally trained in theoretical physics and then worked as climate scientist for 40 years. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at U.C. Santa Cruz and on the adjunct faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches a course on Ecopsychology. He is the author of the book: Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future. He lectures and gives workshops nationally and internationally on Jungian psychology, ecopsychology, and alchemy.