The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles offers comprehensive educational programs in the theory and practice of Analytical Psychology.
Our seminars, workshops, and conferences are directed toward the interests of the general public, mental health practitioners, and interested individuals from other disciplines. Programs elaborate and amplify the ideas of C. G. Jung by exploring:
- diverse perspectives of Analytical Psychology;
- related fields of knowledge such as mythology, religion, history, anthropology, and the creative arts.
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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…
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…
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-1937
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. Learning Objectives: Describe what is meant by the term androgyne as described by Jung; Give an example of how the archetype of the androgyne can create psychological conflict and ways of addressing this in treatment. Marybeth Carter, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst. She has a special interest in the creative arts, transcendent states, and the process of individuation. She has also had an extensive career in nonprofit leadership and has […]
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. 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. This program is part of a series: Jung and Art
Presented by Suzanne Ecker, B.C.-D.M.T., M.F.T. Dance ritual has served a pivotal role in human history, providing culture groups and their members a rich means to revivify core values and confront the uncertainties of an overwhelming and ever-changing world. In this presentation, I will share footage of traditional dances placing participants in ritual peril as a means to enlarge the psychic capacity of participants and revitalize the shared meanings and resources of their group. We will then look to modern dance works in which these same purposes may be reemerging. Specifically, we will explore the element of danger in the phenomenon of site-specific dance and movement forms which may be serving to confront collective risk-aversion with the necessity of uncertainty to true aliveness. Suzanne Ecker, B.C.-D.M.T., M.F.T., is a dance/movement therapist and Jungian analyst practicing in West Los Angeles. She has supervised and taught in the fields of movement therapy and depth psychology for many years. This course is part of a series: Jung and Art