Continuing Education Courses Fall 2015

Understanding Jung: The Basic Concepts, Part 1

5 consecutive Wednesdays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Beginning September 30

Instructor:Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP

We will explore together the elements of Jungian psychology, including: archetype, collective unconscious, persona, shadow, anima and animus, self, consciousness, symbol, spirit, mother complex, father complex, typology, individuation, and inner marriage. We will also explore Jung’s method of interpreting dreams, myths and fairy tales.

There will be fairy tales and other readings assigned for each class. There will be lively discussion with plenty of time for questions and each class is likely to be fun.

Here are details about the course and each week’s reading.

These two semesters will be accessible for people who do not have a background in Jungian theory. The readings and the discussion should also make the class interesting for students who have already taken other courses. If you wish to take part 2 without taking part 1 first, please email the instructor at “”

Poetic Reverie and Elemental Imagination, Part I

5 consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Beginning September 30

Instructor:Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD

We regret this class is sold out

“The night dream does not belong to us. It is not our possession. With regard to us, it is an abductor, the most disconcerting of all abductors: it abducts our being from us.” Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Reverie, p. 145

“Suddenly an image situates itself in the center of our imagining being. It retains us; it engages us. It infuses us with being. ” Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Reverie, p. 153

Jung believed that “image is psyche” (CW 13, p.50) and thought of fantasy-images as being akin to poetic images. He considered mythopoesis an original language of the psyche. Freud famously stated: “Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”

To expand our appreciation of the mytho-poesis, myth and image-making capacity of the psyche, we will study contributions of the French philosopher of science and poetic imagination—Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962). He developed a unique phenomenological approach to poetic imagination that influenced James Hillman in the founding of archetypal psychology. We will explore Bachelard’s framework for elemental and material imagination of air, water, earth and fire, space, dreams and reverie. Â

Note: This course is held at 420 East 51st Street, Suite C.

Dreams and Spirituality

5 consecutive Thursdays, 6.00–7:40 pm
Beginning October 1

Instructor: Fanny Brewster, PhD

Dreams contain imagery and words we sometimes recognize as expressions of spirituality. Jung spoke often about spiritual topics, as seen through his Collected Works. He also delved deeply into this important aspect of living in The Red Book. When we can recognize the essence of spirituality in our dreams, we are given a vision for creating a valued and depthfull life. This class provides an exploration of spiritual themes in our dreams, and their influences and significance to our lives.


Five Buddha Families, Five Buddha Realms

5 consecutive Mondays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Beginning October 5

Instructor:Gary Brown LCSW LP

“As a thing is viewed, so it appears” – Diamond Sutra

Through the lenses of Jungian psychology, we will look at the traditional Buddhist teaching of the 5 Buddha Families, a core schema of the way each of us sees the “world” in which we live. Analytical Psychology gives us a bridge and a key to understanding and implementing these teachings.

We will trace how in looking through the three passions or delusions we create the our worlds and how through shifting our perspectives we can transmute these worlds of pain into realms of wonder and, in the words of the essential teaching, find liberation from suffering.

The teachings of the Five Buddha Families form the basis of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, for which Dr. Jung wrote a psychological commentary as part of its first edition. He felt it was so important that he said later that, after discovering the book, he never traveled anywhere without it.

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Fall II: Classes begin the week of November 4th, 2015.

Understanding Jung: The Basic Concepts, Part 2

5 Wednesdays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Beginning November 4 (no class November 25)

Instructor:Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP

See Part 1 description in Fall I semester.

Here are details about the course and each week’s reading.

If you wish to take Part 2 without taking Part 1 first, please email the instructor.

Elemental Imagination, Part II

5 Wednesdays, 6:30–8.10 pm
Beginning November 4 (no class November 25th)

Instructor:Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD

We regret this class is sold out

“It is only when the soul and the mind are united in the reverie by the reverie that we benefit from the union of imagination and memory.” Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Reverie, p. 105

“Elemental diseases can be cured by elemental medicines.” (Water and Dreams, p.4)

“Genius is nothing more or less than childhood recovered by will, a childhood now equipped for self-expression with an adult’s capacities.” Charles Baudelaire

For anyone who works with human psyche, understanding of images and poetic metaphors and their transformative potential is essential. In the second part, we will use Bachelard’s method to explore the territory of psychic “depth” as it is manifested on the “surface” of poetry, fantasy and dreams.  With angelic assistance from poets (“words are angels” as Hillman puts it) we will follow Bachelard in his reverie toward childhood that “lives the images of reality in total imagination” to let the soul of things interact with the human soul.

Note: This course is held at 420 East 51st Street, Suite C.

Beyond Words: Self-Discovery through Journaling in Images

5 Thursdays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Beginning November 5 (no class November 26)

Instructor:Barbara Barry

Many individuals who strive for a greater self-knowledge keep journals. Most often these journals are recorded in the written language. However, Jung was particularly attuned to the place images play in the life of the psych telling us that “the psyche consists of essentially images …. full of meaning and purpose.” He began his own amazing journal, The Red Book, with words but began adding images as well to deepen his exploration process.

This class is instructive and experiential. Participants will learn techniques for eliciting images and learn how to give them visual expression using a simple painting approach in journal form. They will also learn ways to break through creative blocks and work in a spontaneous manner. No art experience or skill is necessary, only the desire to explore how a journal beyond words can enrich one’s life.

Fee for materials: add $40 to tuition fee.

Jung’s Ideas on Love: Controversial, Difficult, and Sometimes Shocking—and Yet So Very Helpful

5 consecutive Mondays, 7.00–8:40 pm
Beginning November 9

Instructor:David Rottman, MA

C.G. Jung’s comments about the nature of love — love between men and women, love of oneself, parental love, love for one’s fellow man, love’s role in religion and in our concept of the divine — are expressed most revealingly in an informal manner in his many seminars. In this course, we will explore Jung’s often challenging views on the formidable obstacles to love, on the nature of radical self-acceptance, on the thorny problem of love without understanding, and on power of love for transcendence. In readings and class discussion, we will explore how Jung’s ideas, rich with meaning and wisdom, contribute to our understanding of love.

Revisiting Jung and the ContraSexual

5 consecutive Tuesdays, 7.00–8:40 pm
Beginning November 10

Instructor:Harry Fogarty, PhD

This will be a review of Jung and how LGBQT issues impact our understanding of Individuation and our own journeys. We will read Jung’s work on the theory of the anima/animus vis-a-vis LGBQT dynamics. Some contemporary literature will also be drawn upon, e.g., Two Boys Kissing (a fiction for adolescents), Some Assembly Required (an autobiographical piece for adolescents), and Judith Halberstam’s Queer Art of Failure

This course is held at 7 West 96th St., #1E. There are a limited number of seats for this course.


Barbara Barry is an artist and teacher in New York City. She is the creator of Art for Self-Discovery ( an art program for adults and children and is on the teaching staff at the South Street Seaport Museum and Symphony Space at 95th. Her new book, Painting Your Way Out of a Corner: The Art of Getting Unstuck, is a guide to personal transformation through the practice of journal keeping and image-making. [Class description]

Fanny Brewster, PhD, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, and is a New York State Certified School Psychologist.[Class description]

Gary Brown, LCSW, LP, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. Currently, he is vice president of the New York Association for Analytical Psychology and a Supervising Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He was past president of the Mid-Hudson Jung Society. A life-long student and teacher of Buddhism, he is an ordained lay Buddhist priest and a designated Dharma Master.[Class description]

Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. He is a board member and former President of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology.[Class description]

Harry W. Fogarty, PhD is a Lecturer in Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary and a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. .[Class description]

David Rottman, MA, is past President of the C.G. Jung Foundation. He is the author of the book The Career as a Path to The Soul. He is a longtime member of the Foundation f aculty and has a private practice in New York City.[Class description]

Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. He received his doctorate from the New School for Social Research.[Class description]