Jungian Theory: Advancing the Basic Concepts

12 Tuesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 pm ET
September 21 – December 7, 2021

Instructor: Jane Selinske, EdD, LCSW, LP, NCPsyA

What You Seek is Seeking You—Rumi

This course will explore the origins of C.G. Jung’s theory and the elements that contributed to his analytical psychology.  The initial factors examined will be his family of birth, religious upbringing, Swiss culture, childhood experiences, early dreams, education, art experience, relationships, interests and personality. We will see how these elements were precursors to the development of Jung’s theories.

Moving from the first phase of Jung’s life into The Red Book, we will discover how the confrontation with his unconscious led to a living encounter with the Self and ultimately to the revelation of Active Imagination and the Individuation Process. Jung first developed his theories through the drawing of individual sketches and mandalas and found that the drawings and dialogues with his unconscious were a tool for one’s Individuation process.

The information gleaned from The Red Book along with Jung’s history will provide a pathway to understanding the theories developed for his new Analytic Psychology.  Specifically, this course will introduce for some participants and advance for others the basic principles of Jungian Psychology such as Jung’s Map of the Psyche, which includes consciousness, personal and collective unconscious, anima, animus, shadow, ego, persona, archetypes, and the Self.  In addition, complexes, typology, synchronicity, alchemy, the meaning of symbolic language and Jung’s method of dream interpretation will be presented.

This course will be didactic and experiential and through You Tube Video assignments, lectures, readings and group discussion participants will be led to an enhanced understanding of Jungian Analytic Psychology. It is open to the general public as well as to professionals.

Course TextA Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis, by Andrew Samuels, Bani Shorter and Fred Plaut:  Routledge:  London and New York

The course is designed so that participants will be able to:

        1. Examine the origin of C G. Jung’s theory and the elements that contributed to his analytical psychology.
        2. Identify the specific parts of Jung’s Map of the Psyche.
        3. Explain the significance of symbols and symbolic language.
        4. Interpret a Dream from a Jungian Psychological perspective.
        5. Identify complexes, typology, synchronicity and Jung’s connection to alchemy.
        6. Apply Jungian Psychological Theory from a clinical and personal perspective.
        7. Engage in Active Imagination for clinical and personal use.
        8. Draw a Mandala and apply interpretive techniques to its analysis.


Jane Selinske, EdD, LCSW, LP, NCPsyA, is a licensed Jungian Analyst and graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, Rutgers University and Columbia University. She is a teacher of Mandala Drawing Assessment and a Board Certified Music Therapist. She is a staff member at Rutgers University Doctoral Program in Social Work where she teaches a Jungian component, the Institute for Expressive Analysis and the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York where she is President of the Board of Trustees.

Friday July 16
10:00 am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm

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

Friedrich Nietzsche pronounced the death of God by human hands: “we have killed Him.” Yet C.G. Jung, who in many ways stood upon the philosopher’s shoulders, considered the study and engagement of world religions to be indispensable in the psychotherapeutic treatment of individuals, especially in the second half of life. We can ask, along with Jung: Is there religion when there is no living god, or is it rather that “God” is not dead and instead something in us has died?

A master of finding common ground in the major spiritual traditions of the world, Jung would interpret religious rituals and scripture into a psychologically oriented language suitable for contemporary readers to learn from and wrestle with regarding our image(s) of God. Through Jung and contemporary cultural critics, we will engage what may be one of the most important concerns of our time: the interconnectedness of mental health and what can be called a religious, or spiritual, attitude. The intention of this presentation is to broaden our horizons regarding the religious and spiritual background of some of the general theoretical principles--and practical applications--of Jung’s Analytical Psychology.

 The presentation will be augmented by audio-visual aids prepared by the instructor.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To outline some the key concepts in Jung’s Analytical Psychology as they pertain to the religious nature of the human being: homo religiosus.
  2. To discuss some key concepts in Jung’s Analytical Psychology within a context of religious faith.
  3. To assess Jung’s contribution to the understanding of the religious nature of the human psyche the value of his paradigm for clinical treatment.
  4. To describe how Jung’s personal life experiences influenced his theoretical understanding of psychological phenomena.


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.

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.

Advanced Seminars-Fall2021