The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is offering 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.  The program consists of 18 sessions of 3 hours from October 2021 through June 2022. Most sessions will be on Mondays in the evening  (5:00 – 8:00 pm) [Pacific Time]. Please check our Course Schedule below for exact dates and times.

Certificate: A Certificate in Jungian Studies will be awarded to participants after completion of the program. Participants may miss 3 sessions at most and still receive the certificate.

The format of this program is online only. Continuing Education credits are not available for this program. 

COURSE SCHEDULE (All Times Below are Pacific Time)

Two Wednesday Lectures with Lionel Corbett, M.D.

Please note: Both Dr. Corbett’s lectures will be on Wednesdays, 4:00 – 7:00 pm instead of Mondays, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 6, 2021; 4:00 – 7:00 pm
This lecture will discuss the sources of evil from the point of view of both individual and social psychology. We will compare traditional religious views of evil with psychological approaches. Drawing from both psychoanalytic and Jungian perspectives, we will examine some of the developmental factors which predispose an individual towards evil. Our discussion will include Jung’s notion of the dark side of the Self, or archetypal evil, and its relationship to the personal shadow.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021; 4:00 – 7:00 pm
When suffering strikes, it is helpful to find a framework through which we may understand it, rather than seeing suffering as a random or meaningless event in one’s life. A purely clinical approach is of limited help, because there are many forms of suffering which are normal given the circumstances of the person’s life. People suffer in unique ways and require a personalized approach. Traditional religions all offer explanations for suffering and the reasons for it, and we will consider some of these, but depth psychology has its own unique approaches. Jung believed that the discovery of meaning in suffering is crucial, and this talk will describe some of the ways in which we may search for such meaning. We will discuss suffering as an experience of liminality and initiation into a new level of consciousness, using as an example a depth psychological exploration of the Book of Job. We will also consider an approach to suffering based on radical acceptance.

Dr. Lionel Corbett trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is a professor of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of five books: Psyche and the Sacred: The Religious Function of the Psyche; The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice; The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering, and Understanding Evil: A guide for Psychotherapists. He is the co-editor of four volumes of collected papers: Psyche’s Stories; Depth Psychology, Meditations in the Field; Psychology at the Threshold; and Jung and Aging.

Two Monday Lectures with Jeanne A. Lacourt, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C., Ph.D.

Monday, November 1, 2021; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
This presentation will review how some of Jung’s ideas (mis)represented Native cultures. The notion of the “primitive,” participation mystique, dreams, and animals will be explored. Two psychic paradigms, dominion, and reciprocity, will point to important differences between Indigenous and Western cosmologies and may offer a path away from our current trend toward self-destruction.

Monday, November 15, 2021; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
This presentation will introduce participants to the Menominee origin story and the important relationship Native people have with spirit beings. Specifically, we will focus how human-animal transformation in story is integral to establishing a reciprocal relationship with land, animals, and all spirit beings.

Jeanne A. Lacourt, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C., Ph.D., is a Professor of American Indian Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, a faculty member of the Minnesota Seminar in Jungian Studies, and a Jungian Analyst in private practice. She has authored a book on traditional Indian Education, edited a book on racial issues in the United States, and her articles in Spring Journal focus on the intersections of Indigenous and Jungian Studies. She is most intrigued with the theme of human-animal transformation in Indigenous origin stories. Her home community is with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

Two Monday Lectures with Stephen Kenneally, M.A., M.B.A., M.F.T.

Monday, November 29, 2021; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Jung’s concept of the Self speaks directly to the mysterious element in the psyche that carries an unconscious wisdom, which inspires and brings meaning to life. This concept addresses the experience of being guided by the psyche, at times tormented, and at times held by something larger than one’s normal conscious experience.  How can we talk about it as a psychological concept on the one hand, and treat it with the reverence of God on the other?  How do we relate to the dark side of the Self with the same consideration that we hold for the inspiring spiritual side? This lecture will review various ways of thinking about the Self so that we can better relate to the emergent forces within us that lead to individuation, meaning, and spirituality.

Monday, December 13, 2021; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Individuation is the process of living into an aspect of the innate potential of one’s personality. While we cannot live all the potentials we are born with, and we must bear the world’s pressure to develop certain aspects of Self over others, Jung’s concept of individuation helps us to bear this process of becoming who we were most “meant to be” as consciously as possible. This requires continuous differentiation of the inner and outer influences that want us to simply drift in the direction of the current. Confronting these cultural, collective, and internalized schemas requires bearing guilt and holding the tension of the opposites. We will explore the role of the shadow, the animus/anima, the Self, dreams, and active imagination in the process of individuation, and explore some archetypal material that illuminates this process.

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 Los Angeles. 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.

Two Saturday Lectures with Mary-Jayne Rust, B.Sc., M.A.

Please note: Both lectures will be on Saturdays in the morning instead of Mondays, 5:00 – 8:oo pm

Saturdays, January 8 & 22, 2022; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Without my piece of earth, my life’s work would not have come into being.” (Word and Image, 1979)

Jung is one of the few psychotherapists who has written extensively about our relationship with Nature. He warned of the consequences of our separation from the nonhuman world, of taking from the earth with no reciprocity, and of our consequent loss of soul. He also describes how spending time in the natural world can be deeply healing, opening doors to imagination, synchronicity, and the numinous, inviting us to take our place once again within the sacred matrix of life.

In these two sessions, I will look at our complex and often confusing relationship with the more-than-human world. We often hear people say they love Nature; yet we all take part in a system that is destroying our environment. How did we arrive at such a perilous place? Can a Jungian way of thinking help us face our cultural shadow? This includes exploring the stories we tell ourselves about our place in our ecosystem which have developed over centuries. I will be offering some stories and dreams to help digest these complex issues. I will be suggesting that deepening our relationships with land, place, animals, plants, and the elements, as well as with ourselves as animals, is an essential step towards healing ecocide. Ecological crisis can then become an extraordinary portal of modern times.

Mary-Jayne Rust, B.Sc., M.A. is a Jungian Analyst practicing in London UK; she originally trained in art therapy. Journeys to Ladakh (on the Tibetan plateau) in the early 1990’s alerted her to the seriousness of the ecological crisis and its cultural, economic, and spiritual roots. Alongside her therapy practice, she writes, lectures, and teaches internationally about ecopsychology, a growing field of inquiry into our relationship with Nature. Her publications can be found on, including Towards an Ecopsychotherapy, Confer, London 2019. She grew up beside the sea and is wild about swimming. Now she lives and works beside ancient woodland in London, UK.

Two Monday Lectures with Steven Galipeau, M.A., M.Div. 

Mondays, February 7 & 21, 2020; 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Jung’s interest and evaluation of human typology first emerged during his association with Freud, his dialogues with Han Schmid-Guisan, and then developed further through his profound inner experiences as reported in The Red Book. Psychological Types was his first major work after this period of his life.

In the first class, we will examine the development of Jung’s theory of typology throughout Jung’s life and later by several Jungians. In the second class, we will pick up on the work of others who have built on Jung’s typology and explore various applications of psychological types such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the cultural implications of typology in our current age.

Steven Galipeau, M.A., M.Div., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Woodland Hills and president and executive director of Coldwater Counseling Center in Studio City. The author of The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol and Transforming Body and Soul: Therapeutic Wisdom in the Gospel Healing Stories, Steve has also written several articles and reviews for various Jungian journals and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to analytical psychology.

Two Monday Lectures with Thomas Singer, M.D. 

Mondays, March 7 & 21, 2022; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
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, and national identity 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. In the second session, we will follow how an archetypal energy takes form through history in personal and cultural complexes, as developed in my essay “A Fool’s Guide to Folly.” 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 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.  The most recent books in this series include Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America and Cultural Complexes in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan: Spokes in the Wheel.

Two Monday Lectures with John Beebe, M.D. 

In both seminars, we will analyze clips from the film considered using a Jungian lens. Students are encouraged to watch the entire film on their own in advance of each session.

Monday, April 11, 2022; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Monsoon Wedding (2001) by Indian director Mira Nair ushers us into the home of an upper middle-class Punjabi family at the time of their daughter’s arranged marriage to a suitable young Indian man who has been living in Texas. As the extended family reunites, a shadow that once had been unspoken among them rises to visibility.  When the bride’s cousin, Ria, names and confronts the source of the greatest sorrow at the family’s heart, she awakens an instinct for integrity in the bride’s father, setting in motion a spiritual transformation that is as powerful as marriage itself.

Monday, April 25, 2022; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
An “Anima Woman” Finds Herself
Otto Preminger’s Laura (1944) introduces us to a young woman who receives and reflects the projections of others as if that were her main reason for existing. As played by actress Gene Tierney, Laura is intelligent, adept, and hollow. Unlived aspects of her potential personality are personified in the characters of her misfit friends and relations and the police detective (Dana Andrews) who is investigating what was thought to be her murder. As the story moves toward resolution, vital parts of Laura’s personality begin to take root and blossom.

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.

Two Monday Lectures with Athena A. Carrillo, M.A., M.F.T. 

Monday, May 9 & 23, 2022; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
The process of psychoanalysis endeavors to allow a greater connection with the whole of one’s self by relating to the unconscious. Similar to dream analysis, one might approach the body as a means of dialoguing with the unconscious.  In this course, we will explore two such practices with a body-oriented approach, Kundalini yoga, and Jung’s active imagination. Jung found parallels in these practices which relativize the ego in collaborating with the unconscious. Fundamental to these practices we will discuss some of Jung’s writings pertaining to the unconscious, the tension of opposites, and their union in the “transcendent function.”

The first session will describe Jung’s interest in Kundalini yoga as a process of transformation parallel to psychoanalysis. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a Kundalini yoga meditation, as a means of somatically applying the Jungian concepts presented.

The second session will present Jung’s technique of active imagination, which intends to free up the conscious mind to allow the unconscious contents an opportunity for development. Relating to concepts presented in the first session, the process of individuation will be discussed as this technique aims to broaden the personality in becoming a whole individual. There will also be an opportunity to somatically apply Jung’s technique.

Athena A. Carrillo, M.A., M.F.T. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Eagle Rock who is also certified in Kundalini yoga. She specializes in working with adults addressing childhood trauma.  While a pre-medicine student and physical therapy assistant, Athena began to perceive in patients the connection between their physical symptoms and psychological trauma, in succession with intuitive experiences of unconscious-unconscious communications between herself and her patients. Her passion for exploring this interconnection led to a master’s degree in body-oriented psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University, where she discovered a deep resonance with Jung’s work that eventually led to her certification as a Jungian analyst.

Two Monday Lectures with Gita Morena, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.

Monday, June 6, 2022; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
In the imaginal world of myths and fairy tales, heroes venture into unchartered territories. confront unexpected challenges, and stimulate exploration into unconscious dimensions of the psyche. They tap into the imagination in unique and entertaining ways and as a result, stimulate psychological development. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum at the turn of the century, is one of these powerful wisdom stories. It has inundated American culture and touched the hearts of people around the world. In this two-part seminar, Dr. Morena explores the symbolic imagery and continuing popularity of this well-known fairy tale. As Baum’s great-granddaughter and Jungian psychotherapist and author, she sheds a unique perspective on its symbolic underpinnings and shares family stories about Baum’s inspiration for writing it. Dr. Morena retells the story the way it was originally written, explores the continued attraction of its imagery, and leads a guided meditation for participants to experience personal associations and insights.

Monday, June 20, 2022; 5:00 – 8:00 pm
In this seminar, Dr. Morena deepens her exploration of L. Frank Baum’s quintessential American fairy tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and explores it as a symbolic process to identify and integrate unconscious aspects of the psyche. She considers Dorothy’s journey as a metaphor for Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, as well as Carl Jung’s insights into the individuation process. Dr. Morena delves into the challenges that arise in the Return Phase of the journey when a hero or heroine re-enters ordinary reality after a transformative experience and also examines the honoring of feminine values that appear throughout the land of Oz. Examples from sandplay case material are included to show how Oz’s imagery facilitates the non-verbal expression of experiences that arise during the journey home to wholeness.

Gita Morena, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., is in private practice as a transpersonal psychotherapist in Santa Monica, California, and offers sandplay training and consultation around the world. In her book, The Wisdom of Oz: Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Psychotherapist, she sheds light on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a tale of individuation and spiritual awak­ening.