Jungian and Post-Jungian Clinical Concepts 2024 – Art, Spirit and Image

SEMESTER: ART, SPIRIT, AND IMAGE - MATERIALS PAGE

Overview – Jungian and Post-Jungian Clinical Concepts Course

Welcome to Jungian and Post-Jungian Clinical Concepts!  We are pleased to have you join us in this 16 module (4 semesters) exploration of key Jungian concepts and their clinical application.

Carli Castellani is your program coordinator and your guide through the course – contact her with course inquiries here:  carli@appliedjung.com.

For any administrative/finance issues, contact jess@appliedjung.com.

Each module contains the following materials:

1.  Reading Pack — approximately 2-5 articles each month, selected by the module’s presenter;

2.  Module Applications — reflection prompts for the module, to aid in integrating the material explored;

3.  Live 60 minute lecture followed by a 30 minute Q&A discussion session on Zoom with the presenter. (dates below)

4.  Recording of the live recording, posted shortly after it has taken place; and

5.  A 15 question quiz, to gauge your understanding of the concepts presented (required for those completing the course for CPD credits).

Each module runs over a two week period.  We email a notice, as well as post the new materials on the Facebook forum on that date, including the event details and joining link for the live Q&A session.  The materials are also updated on this page at that time.

Complete the readings, prior to the live presentation and Q&A with the presenter.

Bring your thoughts and questions to the live Q&A discussion.

Work through the module applications, to deepen your personal experience with the module content, and explore how it may relate to your clinical practice and professional development.  You are welcome to share your application work and reflections in the private Facebook forum.

Complete the short quiz by the end of the module — note this must be done directly on the CAJS website.

The private Facebook Forum is available for sharing and discussion with others in the course, as we move through each module, and we encourage your participation there.  Please follow this link to join:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1773705756470956/


Click on the red button below to see your questionnaire results to date.


SEMESTER: ART, SPIRIT AND IMAGE

Module 1 - Live Lecture on 6 April 2024

Jung and the Arts

This lecture explores the therapeutic effects and boundary-breaking roles of the arts by highlighting the important functions of artworks lying in their abilities to reflect the psyche’s vision-making, to reveal the depths of the unconscious (no matter how conscious it is), and to have their own personalities that match the archetypal voice activated while producing them. Both in its individual and collective application and sharing, creativity presents itself as a learning, emotional, and mental aid, especially during times of hardship (for example, more poets and artists were increasingly producing and sharing their work with each other via creative online platforms from around the world, especially during lockdown). The journey of bringing dark unconscious content into the light of consciousness through the arts can be considered a healing process. The space provided by active imagination, automatic writing, poetic inquiry, dreamwork, Jungian Arts-Based Research, and other symbolic engagements through literary and visual art can open pathways for those seeking to articulate, process, and assimilate their thoughts and feelings. As the editor of literary and arts journal Indelible, producer of online literary event series Indelible Evenings, as well as director of Jungian creative salon Psychreative, Dr. Dib will discuss the therapeutic aspect of poetry and other forms of art which manifested during the unfolding of a creative community at times of multiple global crises. The practice of creative writing/painting, as well as the bonding nature of sharing this creativity with a community became both a learning method and a healing practice, one that offers an outlet for thoughts, images and feelings to be expressed, explored, as well as addressed. 

presented by Roula-Maria Dib

Roula-Maria Dib (PhD, University of Leeds) is an award-winning literary scholar, poet, and editor whose research interests include literature, creative writing, and Jungian psychology. She is the winner of the British Council’s Alumni Awards 2021-2022 for the Culture and Creativity category in the UAE and a recipient of the AUD Provost’s Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement 2020; her book, Jungian Metaphor in Modernist Literature (Routledge, 2020) was shortlisted as a finalist for the International Association for Jungian Studies book awards, and some poems from her collection, Simply Being (Chiron Press, 2021) have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Roula-Maria is also the founding editor of literary and arts journal, Indelible, and creative producer of literary event series, Indelible Evenings, as well as Psychreative, a virtual salon for researchers, artists, and writers with a background in Jungian psychology. Her MOOC, “Why Online Creative Communities Matter”, is featured on Academia.edu. She is currently a professor of English at the American University in Dubai and member of The Poetry Society, the Royal Society of Literature, the British Association for Modernist Studies, the Scientific Committee of the Universale Biblion Series, and the International Association for Jungian Studies, and the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies.


Live Lecture Details:

This lecture took place on Saturday, April 6, 2024.  The recording can be watched below. Presenter’s slides can be found here:

https://appliedjung.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Jung-and-the-Arts-Lecture.pdf


Module Materials are available below


Required Reading  – Download Below

Suggested Additional Reading Material, Podcasts & Interviews

Download the document below with links to suggested additional articles and videos.

Module 1 Personal Application

In this module, Roula-Maria Dib explored the potential therapeutic effects of creativity, as a “learning, emotional and mental aide,” especially in times of hardship, such as lockdown, as well as artworks being able to reflect the psyche’s vision-making and ability to reveal the depths and layers of the unconscious.  For your own reflection:

a)  Select a poem, visual artwork or work of literature that currently speaks to you in some way — providing intrigue or insight perhaps. Sit with that work or re-read it.  What elements of the psyche appear in it?  Which seem missing?  If inspired, is there a work you might create in response to it (your own drawing, writing, etc.)?

b)  Reflect upon how you currently use the arts and creativity in your clinical practice and therapy setting. Is your clinical setting conducive to engagement in creative expression or arts exploration with your clients?  Is incorporating art an active part of your practice, or one that could be expanded upon?  Are there instances where active art engagement might not be appropriate for your clients or practice?

Questionnaire


Module 2 - Live Lecture 20 April 2024

Jungian Film Studies: Movies, Clients and Therapists

The lecture will explore the ways we negotiate our psychological relationships with the films we watch. This raises the interesting question as to where the meaning of a film resides and the extent to which that meaning is fluid and changing. Is it in the film itself, or in the relationship we forge with the film? The answers to those issues turn out to influence the way we work with films in therapy. The lecture will explore a few different clinical options before shows how  psychological meanings arise as they circulate between screen, client and therapist.

presented by Prof. Luke Hockley

Luke Hockley (PhD), is Professor Emeritus of the University of Bedfordshire and Honorary Professor at the University of Essex in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. For over a decade he was joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies. He is currently Vice President of the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies and sits on the Board of the Society’s Journal. Luke is editor and author of nine books and numerous chapters and articles.  He is a registered Psychotherapist in the UK and lives in the countryside north of London.  www.lukehockley.com 


Recording from Sat. April 6, 2024 Talk & Discussion:


Module 2 Materials are available below.


Required Reading & Advance Preparation

There is one reading, downloadable below.  Additionally, participants are requested to pay particular attention to their emotional reactions while watching films and television programmes. Feelings that are unexpected, seeminly at odds with the narrative of the film, images which stick in your mind will all be directly relevant to the lecture.

Feeling Film – L. Hockley
Feeling Film: Time, Space and the Third Image in The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies (ed Hockley, 2018)


Module 2 Personal Application

In this module, Luke Hockley explores ways of viewing films to engage with the “Third Image” and experience potential therapeutic effects.  For your own reflection:

 

a) Contemplate a film or tv program that elicited a lingering emotional response or other unexpected feelings for you.  Engage in some free associations, writing or drawing that speaks to those responses and what they bring up for you now.

b)  For your practice, contemplate how you are currently entering into a “fluid state of flux” with your clients, and what the “Third Image” looks like in your therapy setting.  How is the therapeutic relationship embodied in your practice?

Questionnaire


Module 3: Live Lecture -- May 4, 2024

Dreams and Active Imagination in Clinical Practice

Jung started his scientific career with the association test and the complex theory. That means: He started with the studies of emotions, understanding emotions as the basis of what it means to be a human being. “The essential basis of our personality is affectivity. (Footnote: For feeling, sentiment, emotion, affect, Bleuler proposed the expression of affectivity.) Thought and action are, as it were, only symptoms of affectivity.” (CW 3, par 78: (1906)
Based on this finding, Jung established a theory of the complexes, and in short, a link between the complexes and dreams. (Complexes are the architects of dreams.) In the meantime, one hundred years later, we are confronted with affective neuroscience and Panksepp’s contention “it is clear that psychotherapy is in the midst of an emotion revolution. The primal affective aspects of mind are no longer marginalized, but, rather, are recognized as the very engines of the psyche.” It seems the right moment to enter into this conversation and to bring the ideas of Jung into contact with these new ideas, not only those of Panksepp, but also those of Damasio, de Waal and others. These new findings and ideas support the theories of Jung and show how remarkable they were at his time and also nowadays in the current discussion. Perhaps we can, thereby, appreciate more the basic theories of Jung. The findings of affective neuroscience can have an input for our work; they can influence our understanding and our working with complex episodes and with dreams. So: On the one hand, we will see that the basic ideas of Jung are in accordance with findings of affective neuroscience, while on the other hand, the findings of affective neuroscience let us better understand the dynamics of complexes, give us new ideas for clinical work with complexes and dreams, and also new ideas about the roots of human beings.

presented by Dr. Verena Kast

Dr. Verena Kast was Professor of Psychology at the University of Zurich and is a training analyst, supervisor and lecturer at the C.G. Jung, Institute of Zurich, Küsnacht. She is president of the Curatorium. Author of numerous books among others: The Dynamics of Symbols (1990), Father-Daughter, Mother-Son (1994), Letting go and finding yourself (1994). For more information visit her website https://www.verena-kast.ch/.


Recording from May 4, 2024 with discussion.


Module 3 materials are available below.


Reading Material

Click on the links below to download your articles for this module.

Module 3 Personal Application

In this module, Verena Kast explored ways of working with dreams, expanding upon the emotional and sensory tones of our dreams, and the complexes they can bring to light.  She also discusses the idea of “walking with a dream,” or “circumambulating a dream,” references to Jung’s own way of exploring a dream both over time and from many different angles, as if wandering around it.  For reflection this month:

a)  Choose to work with one of the following:

a recent dream;
a dream “snippet” (if only a sensory impression or fleeting tone surfaced upon waking); or
a dream from the past that made an impression upon you.

Visit, or revisit, that dream by spending some time contemplating its sensory and emotional tones:  feelings evoked during/after the dream (fear, intrigue, sadness, dread, joy, angst, etc.) and/or what senses were or could be evoked during or from it (taste, smell, touch/tactile senses, etc).  Without analyzing the contents of the dream, spend some time with those feelings, sensations and any associations that may emerge.  Where are you experiencing those feelings or sensations in your waking life now?  How are you “walking” with them currently?

b) For your clinical practice, are you working with dream content brought in by the clients you serve?  If not, are there ways you would consider employing dream work in your practice?  Did this module give you new ideas for possibilities with active imagination or dream work?  If you already work with dream content in your practice, reflect upon how that work has shaped the therapeutic work with your clients, and the outcomes so far.

Questionnaire


Module 4: Live Lecture - May 18, 2024

Spirituality in Jungian Psychology: theory and practice

Since the 1990’s, clinical psychologists (in the United States, primarily) have carried out a significant amount of research regarding spirituality in clinical practice. Questions that have been raised and addressed in many articles, books and conferences in the last several decades include: What is the difference between religiosity and spirituality? Should questions regarding these matters be addressed in the context of psychotherapeutic practice? Does it make a difference if the therapist has religious commitments or a spiritual attitude?

Jungian psychotherapy has included consideration of the numinous since the days of the founding figures, and many books have been written on this topic. It is still an open question, however, just how important spirituality or numinous experience might be for psychic healing and mental health. According to Jung, it is the numinous experience that overcomes neurosis. This lecture will take a fresh look at this topic and offer some examples of spirituality in practice, both positive and negative.

presented by Dr. Murray Stein

Murray Stein, Ph.D. is a Jungian psychoanalyst practicing in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a former president of the IAAP and is a training and supervising analyst at ISAP Zurich. His books include Jung’s Treatment of Christianity (1985), In MidLife (1983), Jung’s Map of the Soul(1998), Minding the Self (2014), Outside Inside and All Around (2017) and most recently The Bible as a Dream (2018). For more information visit his website http://murraystein.com/.


Recording from May 18, 2024. with discussion

The slides from Murray Stein’s presentation (note, he wasn’t able to display them during the talk, but provided them for reference afterwards):

https://appliedjung.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Spirituality-in-Jungian-Psychology.pdf


Module 4 Materials are available below.


Reading Material

Click on the links below to download your articles for this module.

Module 4 Personal Application – Spirituality in Jungian Psychology

In this module, Dr. Stein explored ways spirituality and the religious function enter into the life of the psyche, via archetypal content (images and symbols) that arise and collect or gather energy that then may evolve into a transformative, numinous or transcendent experience for an individual.  He also discussed the tending to one’s spiritual life, or inner realm, as a form of self-care, akin to the concept of offerings once left for the gods in temples having been a form of caring for, attending to and nurturing those deities — and in one’s personal self-care, a way in which meaning may emerge and contribute to one’s individuation process and sense of life satisfaction.  For this application, consider the following:

 

a)  Reflect upon ways you engage in inner (and outer) self-care in your day-to-day life.  In what ways do they nurture your experience of the spiritual or add meaning to your life?

 

b)  For your clinical practice, in what ways do the clients you work with bring the spiritual realm into the consulting room?  Is tending the spiritual or religious function relevant to your therapy practice?

Questionnaire