5 Thursdays, 6:00–7:30pm
Beginning October 8, 2020
Instructor: Joan Golden-Alexis, PhD
“The shadow is an archetype that is the most accessible and the easiest to experience. The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort.”—C.G. Jung, C.W. §14 9ii
The shadow, often discernable in dreams through personifications that are of the same sex as the dreamer, displays character traits and ways of behaving that form the counter-part to the conscious personality. When resurrected, the shadow personalities are seen to embody not only repressed drives, but more importantly those values that consciousness rejects. The shadow, however, is not the mere opposite of the conscious personality, but rather represents what each conscious personality lacks. Shadow represents for each of us what we might have been, but as yet not had the chance to be. Thus, shadow throws a bright light on identity, who one is relative to what one might have become, and offers a clarifying focus on the choices we have made and how these choices may have severely limited our innate potential. Shadow, our most intimate life companion, never leaves our side and scrupulously tracks how much we exclude that which belongs to us, shedding a constant light upon the processes that cast a long shadow.
This course will be devoted to examining how our dreams naturally and organically draw attention to this subtle exclusionary process, and consequently offer the dreamer the possibility of discovering the depth of his moral integrity while tracking at a given moment what is most essential in his personality that may have been overlooked.
7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists.
On completion of this class, you will be able to:
- To develop a sense of how dream imagery informs and broadens our understanding of shadow, and its enormous role in expanding the growth of consciousness.
- To acquaint ourselves with dreams as a productive force that opens us to a symbolic understanding of the transformational potential of shadow personalities and their relationship to aspects of what the ego doesn’t yet recognize.
- To learn to view dream language as a cinematic event that can best be understood through an affective and kinesthetic correspondence to the imagery.
- To formulate a tentative answer to the question: “Is psyche ever out of touch with the importance of the moral integrity as it relates to the transformation of the personality?”
- Using the skills learned during the first four sessions, we will wrestle with an understanding of the shadow elements in the dreams offered by the class.
A Narrative will be sent before the class begins containing all the background information to allow for a more in depth understanding of the content covered by the class. Please read as the class proceeds.
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.
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
The full fee must be paid at the time of registration. Please register through the payment buttons on this website. Mail in registration and telephone registration are not available at this time.
When you pay you must also email your current email address and telephone number to the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Foundation will send you an email message and you must reply to confirm receipt. If you are taking this course for 7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists, please specify which license you hold and give your NYS license number.
Class size is limited. Early registration is strongly recommended. 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.
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.