The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles offers a Certificate Program for licensed mental health professionals, which extends over a ten-month period beginning in September 2022 and ending in June 2023. It is structured around seminar courses on Saturdays, once a month, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, each focused on a current topic in Analytical Psychology.

The morning session from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm will consist of a theoretical part with the presentation of case material. Following a lunch break, the afternoon session from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm will be devoted to case consultation in smaller groups. It will provide an opportunity for discussion and integration of theoretical and clinical material.

The class is intended for licensed mental health professionals, including Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists. It will be online using Zoom. 

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


Continuing Education:

Psychologists/MFTs/LCSWs/MFCCs: 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 (Provider #07986).

A maximum of 60 CE credits can be earned based on class attendance.


Saturday, September 17, 2022

Jung in Context

Presented by Marybeth Carter, Ph.D.  

We will explore the origins of Jungian psychology within the history of depth psychology, a psychology that attempts to understand the language and the dynamics of the unconscious as it manifests in the work with clients and in the world. The various psychoanalytic theories are the basis of Western theories of personality and the characterization of core mental health-related issues. We will highlight similarities and differences between Freud’s and Jung’s psychological theories and then compare some neo- and post-Freudian psychoanalytical theories to Jungian psychology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe key concepts of depth psychology. 
  • Compare and contrast personality development as theorized by various depth psychological perspectives. 
  • Demonstrate a clinical understanding of trauma in the development of personality as understood by various depth psychologies. 
  • Apply key concepts of depth psychology to a clinical context.

Marybeth Carter, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst. She serves on the Board of Directors of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and on the Executive Board of the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS). She is an adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Antioch University and has a special interest in the creative arts and transcendent states. Marybeth has had an extensive career in nonprofit leadership and has published often in the victim and trauma services field. She is co-editor with Steven Anthony Farah of The Specter of the ‘Other’: Political, Psychological, and Sociological Perspectives (Routledge).


Saturday, October 8, 2022

The Relationship Between the Ego and the Unconscious

Presented by J. Gordon Nelson, Ph.D.

The development of the personality is an interplay between the internal and external forces which shape a sense of self, which we simultaneously create and find ourselves to be.  We will examine the basics of these internal structures from a Jungian perspective, including the shadow, anima/animus, instinctual and spiritual complexes, and the forces which activate them from a personal and archetypal perspective. Together these conscious building blocks can guide us toward a sense of wholeness and psychological integration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Give an example of the shadow from an intra-psychic perspective contrasted  with that of the shadow in relationship to an external person.
  • Give an example of how a complex can express itself in a social relationship.
  • Describe what is meant by the terms: animus and anima.
  • Give an example of how the anima or the animus can become problematic in an intimate relationship.

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 at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and at other professional psychology graduate schools. He is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and former Chair of its Certifying Board for new analysts.


Saturday, November 12, 2022

Animus and Anima 

Presented by Pamela Kirst, Ph.D.

Jung recognized that the qualities we tend to associate with gender, are not, in fact, unique to a particular gender. Every individual carries capacities within, often undiscovered, that don’t align with their conscious gender identity. Jung referred to these energies as contrasexual. Specifically, he called the archetypal masculine in the unconscious of a woman the animus, and the archetypal feminine within the unconscious of a man, the anima. In this class we will study these concepts, both their meanings and functions, and explore whether and how they might (or might not) be useful in contemporary times. The class will include examples from women’s dreams showing the development of the relationship between dreamers and their contrasexual other.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain what is meant by animus.
  • Explain what is meant by anima.
  • List 2 ways an individual might work to develop a relationship with their contrasexual other.
  • Give an example of how the idea of the contrasexual other might (or might not) be useful in contemporary life.

Pamela Kirst, Ph.D., is a Jungian psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice on Los Angeles’ Westside. She is president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, an Institute faculty member, and a member of the Psychological Perspectives’ Editorial Board. An author and photographer, her recent article “Surprise: Complementarity, Oppositions, and Staying Alive,” appears in Psychological Perspectives. Her essays and articles have also been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Psychologist, The Christian Science Monitor, Green Prints, and elsewhere. She lectures locally and nationally on dreaming, the creative process, the archetypal negative mother, and women and soul.


Saturday, December 10, 2022

Shadow and Complexes

Presented by Paula Smith-Marder, Ph.D.

Jung called complexes the building blocks of the psyche. We will consider how to identify a complex and its corresponding archetypal core and how to work with a complex when it becomes disruptive. Drawing from clinical experience and dream material, we will examine the shadow in its positive and negative aspects and the challenges inherent in integrating this often split-off aspect of the personality.

 Learning Objectives:

  •  Identify a complex with its archetypal core.
  • Describe one way a person might know he or she is caught in a complex.
  • Describe what Jung meant by shadow.
  • Give an example of how the shadow can manifest in a dream.

Paula Smith-Marder, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and certified Jungian analyst with a private practice in Pacific Palisades. She is a past Director of Training and the current Chair of Admissions to the Analyst Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. She teaches and supervises at the Jung Institute, she taught at Alliant University, and for ten years she was a psychologist consultant to The Women’s Life Center at UCLA. Her interests include oil painting, piano, and animal dreams.


Saturday, January 14, 2023

The Self

Presented by Pamela Power, Ph.D.

In this class, we will discuss ways the notion of the Self is relevant to our clinical work on the somatic, emotional, and cognitive levels. The Self can be thought of as a process of integration of disparate or dissociated parts of the psyche. Defenses that inhibit these processes will also be discussed considering current research on mentalization. The relation of the Self to the religious nature of the psyche will be considered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what is meant by Jung’s notion of the Self as an integrative process.
  • Describe two ways the Self manifests in the transference.
  • Describe what is meant by a mentalizing intervention.
  • Describe how the Self can manifest as a somatic symptom.
  • Describe the relationship of the Self to the religious nature of the psyche.

Pamela Power, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst with a private practice in Santa Monica. She is a past Clinic Director and past Training Director at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Before becoming a psychologist, she trained as a classical musician and studied theory and history of music.


Saturday, February 1, 2023

Dreams

Presented by Judith Hecker, Ph.D.

This course will focus on working with dreams in clinical practice from a Jungian perspective. Some of the topics to be covered are dream images and the symbolic language of dreams, ways of working with dreams in the context of psychotherapy, as well as comparing types of dreams.  We will also examine some of the differences between a Jungian approach and other psychoanalytic schools of thought. Participants are welcome to bring in a dream of their or from their practice in order that we might apply what was covered in class

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the central position of dreams and dreamwork in Jungian theory and practice.
  • Explain the symbolic language of dreams and dream images.
  • Give an example of how to  apply the principles of working with dreams to clinical situations.
  • Distinguish the Jungian approach to dreamwork from psychoanalytic approaches.

Judith Hecker, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and a clinical psychologist with a private practice in West Los Angeles. She has taught at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the California Graduate Institute, the Geffen Medical School at UCLA, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and is a former supervisor and associate director of the CGI Counseling Center and the Chicago School Clinic in Westwood.


Saturday, March 11, 2023

Individuation and its Clinical Implications

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

Participants will learn about the role of individuation in the analytic process. We will discuss clinical techniques to facilitate individuation such as shadow work, dream analysis, and the work of differentiating ego from complex and archetype. We will explore how Jung’s concept of individuation can help a patient bear conflict and experience meaning and depth in their lives. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what is meant by the term individuation and why it is a crucial part of the analytic process.
  • Describe how to differentiate between an ego identification, a complex, and an archetype.
  • Describe what is meant by the shadow aspect of the personality and how it can interfere with our capacity to tolerate conflict.
  • Give an example of how dream analysis can support the process of individuation.

Stephen Kenneally, M.A., M.B.A., M.F.T. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Monica, CA. He is active in the training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and has taught for over ten years at Antioch University. Stephen has also worked at an experiential retreat center, and prior to that, worked in finance in New York City.


Saturday, April 22, 2023

Transference and Countertransference

Presented by Susan Frankel, Ph.D.

This presentation will examine the core psychological concepts Jung described in Psychology of the Transference. We will identify some of the central differences between Freud and Jung’s positions with regard to the transference. We will also look at transference through the lens of post-Jungians. Most importantly will discuss the use of transference and countertransference as it is applied in psychotherapeutic practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • List 3 key differences between Jung’s and Freud’s views of the transference.
  • Describe how the Post-Jungian movement has changed Jung’s view of the transference.
  • Describe how the transference is viewed from a developmental perspective.
  • Describe how the transference is viewed from an archetypal perspective.
  • Describe how the transference is viewed from a classical perspective.

Susan Frankel, J.D., Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in practice in Century City. She practiced law for seven years before returning to graduate school in psychology. Her interests include working with trauma, infant observation, and intersubjective transference/countertransference. She has lectured both locally and nationally on the use of infant observation with adult patients.


Saturday, May 13, 2023

Fairy Tales

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

Fairy tales are allegorical stories that carry meaningful symbolic representations of complex external challenges, internal conflicts, and psychological processes. In this seminar, we will look at the symbolic nature of fairy tales and learn how to analyze them and amplify their archetypal images, characters, and themes through a process that is similar to the interpretation of dreams. We will also discuss why the interpretation of fairy tales is such an important clinical tool in Jungian psychology, and when it can be appropriate to introduce the use of fairy tales in our analytic work with patients. Please bring a favorite fairy tale to share that has always felt particularly important to you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Jung’s concept of amplification as it pertains to working with fairy tales in clinical practice;
  • Give an example of how the interpretation of fairy tales can help a patient to become more aware of their unconscious conflicts;
  • Describe what is meant by an archetype;
  • Give an example of when it would be therapeutically appropriate to introduce the interpretation of fairy tales.

Marlene Frantz, M.A., M.F.T., is a Jungian analyst, a group psychotherapist, and an 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 C.G. 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 one’s life after loss.


Saturday, June 10, 2023

Human Sexuality: The Erotic & The Self

Presented by Barry Miller, Ph.D.

This seminar will present an overview of human sexuality, including the physical, emotional, and spiritual dynamics that form the complexity of this fundamental and perplexing of human drives. Current collective views on the nature and meaning of sexuality will be explored, focusing on the subjective, cultural influences on our ideas and views about erotic experiences. The perspective of analytical psychology will be used to encourage a deeper understanding of clinical material that will be presented to demonstrate how the psyche expresses itself and its intentions through sexualization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the conventional use of the concept of sexuality and be able to specify how these common understandings limit our comprehension of the dynamics of sexuality.
  • Contrast the collective view with a psychodynamic understanding of sexuality.
  • Describe and contrast how sexuality is understood through drive theory and object relations theory.
  • Describe how sexual images in dreams are related to and differentiated from conscious experiences of sexuality.
  • Give examples of sexual behaviors that compete with the goals of psychotherapy.

Barry Miller, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist in West Hollywood. In addition to serving as faculty at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, he lectures frequently on dreams, sexuality, and transference, and countertransference issues.


Learning Objectives for Case Consultation:

  • Describe the transference/countertransference field and how it manifests in the consulting room;
  • Identify how complexes are manifested in projection;
  • Describe what is meant by an analytic or symbolic attitude towards the unconscious;
  • Explain how Jungian analysis is different from other analytic schools of thought;
  • Describe what is meant by the role of symbol formation in analysis, what contributes and what inhibits this process;
  • Describe what is meant by the ego-Self axis and give an example from clinical practice;
  • Describe what is meant by a complex and give an example from clinical practice;
  • Describe what is meant by the personal shadow, and give an example from clinical practice;
  • Describe what is meant by the collective shadow, and give an example;
  • Describe what is meant by the Anima and give an example from clinical practice;
  • Describe what is meant by Animus and give a clinical example;
  • Describe what is meant by an archetype, and give an example from clinical practice;
  • Describe what is meant by a complex having an archetypal core;
  • Describe how to use imagery from a myth or fairy tale as a means of amplifying a psychological experience;
  • Explain how typology affects the development of the personality using a clinical example;
  • Describe what is meant by projection and give an example from clinical practice;
  • Describe active imagination and how to work with it in clinical practice;
  • Describe the difference between ego versus Self perspective in dream interpretation;
  • Discuss the difference between a reductive vs an amplification approach to working with dreams;
  • Give an example of how the transference can manifest in a patient’s dream;
  • Give an example of how an archetypal theme manifests in dreams;
  • Describe the role of transference in the analytic process;
  • Describe the role of countertransference in the analytic process;
  • Describe the personal and archetypal aspects of the transference;
  • Describe how the therapist’s typology can affect one’s work with patients using a clinical example.