Spring 2017

Jungian Psychology Revisited: An Overview

5 consecutive Mondays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Beginning February 27

Instructor: Gary Brown, LCSW, LP

Jung's ideas are broad and deep and often not fully understood, so there comes a time when revisiting them and "fleshing them out," so to speak, becomes vital. Most students of Jung's work necessarily learn of it in bits and pieces, often missing important distinctions, such as the difference between the archetype and the archetypal image. An overview of his work can help us to comprehend the general scope of his ideas as a foundation for further study.

In this class, we will review Jung’s model of the psyche, especially as used in dreams, the sub personalities of the psyche, and complexes. This overview will lay the building blocks of this very useful but often misunderstood psychology.

Self-Knowledge, Healing, and Liberation

5 consecutive Thursdays, 6.45–8.25 pm
Beginning March 2nd

Instructor:Royce Froehlich, PhD, MDiv, LCSW-R

Jung found that developing an awareness of the structure and dynamics of psychic life, and the integration of the unconscious into consciousness can open a way toward a profound sense of individual freedom. This course is centered around Jung's premise that self-knowledge offers opportunities for living in better relationship with psyche, which leads toward an increased sense of vitality and psychic balance (wholeness and individuation). His model of the psyche and writings on spiritual traditions of the West and East will serve as touchstones for multi-media augmented presentations.

Course material will be drawn from Jung's Collected Works Volume 11, Psychology West and East (also available in paperback editions Psychology and Western Religion and Psychology and the East. Additional texts by Jung, Aldous Huxley, Robert Segal, Stephan Hoeller and Gilles Quispel will be distributed to participants in class meeting.

The Hero's Troubled Journey: Facing Anxiety and Fear in a Divided World

5 consecutive Thursdays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Beginning March 2nd

Instructor: Heide Kolb, MA, LCSW, NCPsyA

In this course, we will look at the epidemic of anxiety, stress and fear that plagues so many in our hemisphere. We will apply a Jungian lens in exploring not only how to navigate these powerful and often destructive emotions but also attempt to develop an understanding beyond the personal dimension of these affects and follow Jung's intuition of a newly emerging paradigm preceded by significant and often destabilizing shifts and stirrings in the collective psyche. We will use images from alchemy and the Tarot to amplify our explorations of how to engage these powerful and often frightful feelings when the "old" is dying and no guarantees are given to us that the "new" will indeed be born.

Not required, but recommended to read Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Note: This course will be held at the NY Theosophical Society, 240 East 53rd Street.

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Spring II: Classes begin the week of April 3rd, 2017.

Dreams of a Better World: Hints from the Unconscious

5 Mondays, 7:00–8:40 pm
Beginning April 3rd (excl. April 10)

Instructor:David Rottman, MA

What might a better world look like? How might it be achieved? What developments point in the direction of the unfolding of a better world?

While our era is deeply troubled now, the dreams of "ordinary" people do give important hints from the unconscious about developments that can lead in a positive direction, including an emerging new basis for relating between men and women, a more workable attitude towards evil, and a new possibility for experiencing deeper meaning as individuals. In this course, we will study a number of those dreams as well as "better world" material found in the work of C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise Von Franz. Our focus will be on current developments that give a reasonable basis for living with a hopeful attitude.

Dream Art: Sculpting the Psyche

5 Wednesdays, 6:30–8.10 pm
Beginning April 5 (excl. April 12)

Instructor:Maria Taveras, LCSW

This is an experiential workshop. Participants in the course will sculpt archetypal images from their own dreams. They will learn about what Jung means by the "creative process," engaging the unconscious in a hands–on way, working with clay. They will learn about the role that "active imagination" plays and how to use it in sculpting the psyche. They will discover the potential values inherent in archetypal dream images. This is an interactive method that establishes an essential dialogue between the ego and the unconscious, between psyche and matter, bringing into consciousness aspects of the personality previously unknown to the individual. Participants should come to the first class meeting with an archetypal image from one of their own dreams, ready to sculpt. No prior sculpting experience is necessary.

Fee for materials: add $15 to tuition fee.

Imaginal Journal: Active Imagination through Dreams, Images and Words

5 Thursdays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Beginning April 6th (excl. April 13)

Instructor:Fanny Brewster, PhD

Life does not come from events, but from us. Everything that happens outside has already been.
C.G. Jung, The Red Book, Liber Primus

The Red Book is a creation from Jung's dreams, fantasies and visions. During this period of intense psychological changes, Jung encountered aspects of himself never before realized in his conscious state. Through the process of fully meeting and engaging with unconscious material, Jung was able to develop dialogues and create images that took shape in the form of an imaginal journal — The Red Book.

This class is an opportunity to create your own Imaginal Journal. The process of Active Imagination will be used to revisit dreams and imagery. Writing as an expression of the creative process drawn from engagement with the Imaginal Journal will allow participants a deepening of their inner life. Participants will bring their own dreams for exploration during class time; a journal for recording personal entries and images for posting into their journals; come to class prepared to engage in personal writing (prose and/or poetry), reflective of their Active Imagination process.

Jungian Dream Interpretation

5 Thursdays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Beginning April 6th (excl. April 13)
We regret this class has been cancelled because of low enrollment

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

We don't know where dreams come from but, from experience, we know their purpose. They show us the next possible step in our developing consciousness. They warn us if we are going astray, encourage us if we need it and offer penetrating insights into our confusion. To interpret dreams we have to be disciplined and logical but also emotional, feeling, imaginative, and sensate.

This class is fun. We combine our insights to explore each dream and feel success when the class as a whole recognizes an answer and experiences a deepening of consciousness. This class is equally suitable for newcomers to dream analysis and people who have been in analysis or taken other classes. We will not work with class members' dreams. Please bring a dream, with permission, from a family member or friend.


Please refer to the reading and read as much as you wish.

Note: This course will be held at 255 W 88th Street, Suite #9E


Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA, is a Jungian analyst and writer in private practice in New York City. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. She is a Faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, the C.G. Jung Foundation and the Philadelphia Jung Institute (PAJA).[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. [Class description]

Royce Froehlich, PhD, MDiv, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst with a private practice in NYC and is also on the faculty of The C.G. Jung Institute of NY.[Class description]

Heide M. Kolb, MA, LCSW, NCPsyA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. She has taught at the New York Open Center, the Blanton Peale Institute and the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. .[Class description]

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

Maria Taveras, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City and an award&ndsh;winning sculptor of "Dream Art." She has a special interest in dream interpretation and creative process. [Class description]