Fall II: Understanding the Positive Dimensions of the Unconscious, through Dreams and Fantasies

5 consecutive Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Eastern Time, USA, online only via Zoom. Beginning November 7

Instructor: David Rottman, MA

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

One of C.G. Jung’s most extraordinary contributions to our culture is his description of the constructive and positive dimensions of the unconscious. Formerly dreams were seen as consisting of repressed material unacceptable to consciousness, and fantasies were seen as mere wish-fulfillment. In his pioneering work, Jung introduced a new viewpoint about the role of the products of the unconscious as offering vitality, direction, and meaning to our conscious lives.
In this course, we will explore special topics illustrating those positive dimensions of the unconscious. These will include:
The role of dreams in hastening the burning off of family karma, as well as personal karma.
How the archetypes of Success and Failure manifest from the unconscious in both the inner world and the outer world.
The positive meaning (if understood) of dreams that disturb consciousness, such as dreams of death and dying, nightmares, unwelcome encounters, and apparent threats and dangers.
How dreams and fantasies come with a “call to action” to expand the scope of our consciousness, including the increased capacity for enjoyment of life.
The role of the unconscious in creating life patterns, including patterns of relationship.

Readings will consist of weekly handouts of quotations from Jung’s Collected Works and the work of his pupil, Marie-Louise Von Franz.

Supplementary Reading:

Dreams: A Portal to the Source, Edward C. Whitmont
The Way of the Image, Yoram Kaufmann
The Way of the Dream, Marie-Louise Von Franz

Learning Objectives
On completion of this class, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the interpretation of a dream and a fantasy from a teleological perspective.
2. Identify the role of the unconscious in both troubled and healthy emotional life.
3. Describe the action of the unconscious in developing repetitive life patterns in relationships and in the career.
4. Summarize Jung’s view of the importance of the unconscious as a homeostatic dimension of the total psyche, and in the process of individuation.


With the exception of the course on Redemption and the Dark Masculine, these are online courses, given through the program Zoom.
Please download the Zoom program in advance of the first class session at Zoom.us

The Redemption and the Dark Masculine course is a course
which is given in-person only at the Jung Center, 28 East 39th Street, NYC


On the Paypal login page, look below login fields for a boxed link


All 5-week courses are $175 for the general public and $150 for members.


The full fee must be paid at the time of registration.
Please register through the payment buttons on this website.

$175 General Public

$150 Members


When you pay you must also email your current email address and telephone number to the Foundation at cgjungny@aol.com.  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.


Christopher Cooper, MS, LP, NCPsyA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. He is also a strategic advisor to some of the world’s most respected brands and an expert in understanding the psychodynamics of organizations, including how archetypal patterns can disrupt the harmony and integrity of corporate cultures. Chris completed his graduate studies at Columbia University and clinical training at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. https://christopherdcooper.com

Sanford L. Drob, PhD, is on the Core Faculty of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, and the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He holds doctorates in philosophy and clinical psychology and served for many years as the Director of Psychological Assessment and Senior Forensic Psychologist at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Dr. Drob is the author of numerous professional articles in clinical, forensic and philosophical psychology. His Reading the Red Book: An Interpretive Guide to C.G. Jung’s Liber Novus was published by Spring Journal Books in June 2012. Dr. Drob’s other books include Kabbalistic Visions: C.G. Jung and Jewish Mysticism (Spring Journal Books, 2010), Kabbalah and Postmodernism: A Dialog (Peter Lang, 2009), and Archetype of the Absolute: The Unity of Opposites in Mysticism, Philosophy and Psychology (Fielding University Press, 2017). He is also a narrative painter whose work encompasses archetypal themes.

Brother Damien Joseph, SSF, is a professed member of the Society of Saint Francis, an order of Franciscan Friars in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. He currently serves as Provincial Secretary for the American Province. He received a BA from Pennsylvania State University and completed graduate study at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL (counseling and theology) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA (theology and ministry). He worked in counseling and case management roles in crisis counseling, inpatient mental health, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and correctional counseling. He values his roles as a teacher, a mentor, an advocate and a servant leader.

Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP, is a senior Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  Former President of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, he is also a longtime faculty member. He has taught courses in dream interpretation online and in person for over 25 years.  He has published numerous papers on dream interpretation, Jungian psychology, narcissistic injury, systems theory and autism. 

David Rottman, MA, is past President of the C.G. Jung Foundation and is a member of the Jung Foundation’s Continuing Education Faculty. He is the author of The Career as a Path to the Soul. He was the editor and publisher for The Way of the Image by Yoram Kaufmann. He has a private practice in New York City.

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.


For more information, call or write:

Office of the Executive Director
The C.G. Jung Foundation of New York
28 East 39th Street
New York, New York 10016
Telephone: (212) 697-6430
Email: cgjungny@aol.com
Web address: www.cgjungny.org
Like us @facebook.com/cgjungny
Follow us @twitter.com/cgjungny


Continuing Education Fall 2022