Education for Clinicians and the Lay Public

Aramu Muru, Peru

The Sacred Portal of Aramu Muru (Peru)

Educational classes for interested groups, whether they are composed of clinical practitioners or members of the lay community, offer me a doorway into a deeper exploration of the topics that I find most fascinating in the practice of Jungian analysis. 

The subjects I am particularly fond of addressing in my classes include working with symbolic content (such as dreams, body symptoms, artwork, and role-playing) in the treatment of addiction and compulsion, dissociation, and posttraumatic stress reactions – in other words, the many ways in which our minds and bodies manifest the stories of our wounding, and our potential paths for healing those wounds.

During the past ten years, it has been my pleasure and honor to offer lectures and seminars to clinical and lay groups who are interested in Jungian psychology – including the Oregon Friends of Jung, the Eugene Friends of Jung, Victoria (British Columbia) Friends of Jung, graduate students at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark University, the Mankind Project of the metro Portland area, the Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts, and the counseling centers of various East Coast universities.

I was the key note speaker, for example, at the Oregon Friends of Jung's annual meeting in May, 2010, where I talked about the importance of play in the creative process, as reflected in Jung’s newly published Liber Novus (The Red Book).   The C. G. Jung Society of Victoria invited me to speak and offer a workshop on this same topic in December, 2010.   Participants in the workshop had an opportunity to explore their dreams,  personal stories and inner figures to become more familiar with their own individual “Red Books”.  I had another opportunity to present “Play, Creativity and Jung’s Red Book”  in March at the C.G. Jung Society of Vancouver’s Lecture Series 2011.

In addition, it has been my great pleasure to serve as one of the teachers in the seminar series entitled “Jung in Depth,” which has been offered to local clinicians since September 2007 by the Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts.  I led seminars on the topics of working with dreams and another on working with trauma. Beginning in September, 2011, PNSJA reinstituted our program to train licensed clinicians to become certified Jungian Analysts under the auspices of the C.G. Jung Institute of the Pacific Northwest. In the training program, I have taught seminars on Jung's theory of complexes as well as Jung's treatment method of Active Imagination. I have also led group supervision for the training candidates as well as being a training analyst conducting individual supervision and analysis.  A full description of this clinical training program is available on the PNSJA website.