In Thrall or Debt to Circe? Jungianism and the Devouring Uroboros

Continuing Education: Spring 2020

5 consecutive Thursdays, 7:00–8:30pm Beginning March 5
Instructor: William Baker, PsyD

7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists.

Homer’s story of Odysseus and Circe provides a vital amplification for a dangerous paradox one might face in approaching the unconscious with Jung’s analytical psychology. Just as Circe becomes either an invaluable guide to the underworld or a seductive destroyer, depending on the attitude one takes in approaching her, Jungian psychology may be used to either genuinely and consciously engage the depths, or as an intoxicating shortcut to archetypal identification. “Anyone who identifies with the collective psyche—or, in mythological terms, lets himself be devoured by the monster—and vanishes in it, attains the treasure that the dragon guards, but he does so in spite of himself and to his own greatest harm” (CW 7 para. 477, 1916/1966). When any system of thought is embraced as an all-encompassing ideology, one is seduced and devoured by a sense of perfectionism in which shadow is dissociated and projected rather than honestly owned and integrated. In this course we will explore the psychology and mythology of fundamentalism, idolatry, and other seductive dead-ends off the path of individuation.

Location: 15 East 11th Street, Apt 1L. Please note that this class has limited enrollment. need reg!


William Baker, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is currently on the faculty at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, the William Alanson White Institute, and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts and serves as a member of the editorial staff at the Journal of Analytical Psychology.

Harry W. Fogarty, MDiv, PhD, LP, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in NYC.  He is a faculty member of the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts and a former Lecturer in Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary. 

Ilona Melker, LCSW, is a Jungian Psychoanalyst and Certified Sandplay Therapist.  She has taught and lectured at the C.G. Jung Foundation and at national conferences.  She has contributed to professional journals.  She is in private practice in Manhattan and Princeton, New Jersey.

Maria Taveras, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  She is also an award-winning creator of Dream Art.  She creates art from images in her own dreams and is the recipient of two Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for her Dream Art.  Her Dream Art has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, London, Montreal, and Cape Town.  

David Walczyk, EdD, LP, NCPsyA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in NYC. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the C.G. Jung Institute of NY. He is an award-winning educator, award-winning designer, a writer, and public speaker. He has lectured both domestically and internationally and is on the faculty of New York University.



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All 5-week courses are $175 for the general public and $150 for members, unless otherwise specified.
There is an additional $25 materials fee for the Art and Psyche: Dreams and Art course.

$150 (MEMBERS)  

General Information


Programs are held at the C.G. Jung Center at 28 East 39th Street, New York City, unless otherwise indicated on this announcement. 


The full fee must be paid at time of registration. You may by mail or fax (use registration form, below), or by telephone: pay with your MasterCard or Visa. Or you can register in person at the C.G. Jung Foundation, Monday–Thursday 10:00 am–5:00 p.m. FAX # 212-953-3989. Seating is limited and early purchase of tickets is strongly recommended.

Registration Form (required for mail-in or fax registrations only)


Refunds for continuing education courses, less $15 for administrative services, will be made up to seven days before the first session. There will be no refunds issued after classes have begun. No exceptions will be made. Programs are subject to change without notice.

Continuing Education Spring 2020