C.G. Jung and the Meaning of Life


Saturday, April 9, 2022

10:00am–3:00pm Eastern Time, USA
A Daylong Zoom Seminar Led by: Sanford L. Drob, PhD

Contact Hours: 4 CE contact hours for Licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists for this program.

Jung held that psychotherapy involves more than just the relief of symptoms and can assist individuals in achieving individuation and making a deeper connection with life-meaning. His reflections on life-meaning were quite varied, and traversed existential, archetypal, and transcendental themes—themes which reflect the range of concerns which informed his psychology throughout his career.

In this seminar we will begin by exploring the existential themes which Jung linked to life-meaning: individuation and the realization of the self, a focus on life in this world, a personal confrontation with death, and an embrace of absurdity, paradox and the shadow elements of the personality. We will then discuss archetypal themes, including Jung’s emphasis on the significance and power of myth, symbols, and religion, and explore transcendental themes, which grew out of Jung’s experiences which led him to speculate that our world is only a small part of a greater, and presumably more meaningful, reality.

Finally, we will contextualize Jung’s thinking within the philosophical and psychological conceptions of “the meaning of life” from the Bible and ancient Greece to the present day and explore the relationship between psyche, values and life-meaning. In sum, this seminar will aim to enhance appreciation of life-meaning, consider the questions of objective and “cosmic” meaning, and advance an understanding of life-meaning’s clinical relevance and its place in our own lives.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Learning Objectives: TBA

  1. Discuss three ways in which Jung spoke about individuation.
  2. Identify three reasons why parenthood can be an opportunity for self-growth.
  3. Explain why a loss of control can be a prelude to deeper self-understanding.
  4. Name several benefits of anger.
  5. Discuss how life challenges can lead to a greater sense of psychological integration.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  1. Describe how the process of psychotherapy can go beyond symptom relief to work on issues related to individuation and life meaning.
  2. Articulate the classical responses to the question of life’s meaning and relate these to the phenomenology of the human mind and the archetypes of the collective unconscious as they are understood in Jungian psychology.
  3. Describe and critique the distinction between “personal” and “cosmic” meaning and its relevance to the ethics of psychology and psychotherapy.
  4. Articulate how a metaphorical understanding of such age-old disciplines as Kabbalah and alchemy provide a guide to our understanding of the meaning of life and the process of individuation/self-actualization.
  5. Assess the significance of the archetype of “the Shadow” for life-meaning.

Sanford L. Drob, PhD,is on the Core Faculty of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, and the C.G. Jung Institute in New York. He holds doctorates in philosophy and clinical psychology and served for many years as the Director of Psychological Assessment and Senior Forensic Psychologist at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Dr. Drob is the author of numerous professional articles in clinical, forensic and philosophical psychology. His Reading the Red Book: An Interpretive Guide to C. G. Jung’s Liber Novus was published by Spring Journal Books in June 2012. Dr. Drob’s other books include Kabbalistic Visions: C.G. Jung and Jewish Mysticism (Spring Journal Books, 2010), Kabbalah and Postmodernism: A Dialog (Peter Lang, 2009), and Archetype of the Absolute: The Unity of Opposites in Mysticism, Philosophy and Psychology (Fielding University Press, 2017). He is also a narrative painter whose work encompasses archetypal themes. His oil paintings can be seen at sanforddrobart.com

CONTACT HOURS: Four CE contact hours for Licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists for this program.

The C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Inc. is recognized by New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0350.

The C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0015.

C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0068.

Saturday, April 9, 2022: 10:00am–3:00pm


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General Public: $100

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LOCATION

These are all online courses, given through the program Zoom.
Please download the Zoom program in advance of the first class session at Zoom.us

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