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AUTUMN TERM 2020

Programme of Studies 2020 – 2021

Please note that all autumn seminars will be offered online. The plan at the time of posting is to revert to the Essex Church for the Summer Term 2021, but please refer to the website in case the situation changes.

AUTUMN TERM 2020 – ALL ONLINE, link to be supplied at the time of the seminar.

It is essential to book seminars in advance – at the latest by the weekend before the seminar.

All reading lists are supplied by the speaker.

New Seminar 1 to replace the original. Time and date remain the same.

1. THE WATER OF LIFE AND THE SPIRIT IN THE BOTTLE

Gill Kind

Date Thursday 24 September

Time 7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals

Two fairy tales, The Water of Life and The Spirit in the Bottle, with particular reference to the clinical application. Participants are encouraged to read the fairy tales before, or to try and have a copy of Grimm’s fairy tales to hand for the seminar.

Reading:

The Brothers Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales

The original Seminar 1 (below) has been cancelled at short notice but we hope to re-schedule for later in the year.

1. MATTER AND SPIRIT: A VISIONARY COMBINATION?

Ailish O’Driscoll

Date TBC

Time TBC

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals, Psychology and Religion, Alchemy, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

Exploration of these concepts will be made by referring to work by Jung and von Franz. Consideration will be given to the relationship between matter and spirit. This will be amplified by reference to some different belief systems, such as an Irish vision of nature and alchemy among others. This methodology belongs to an analytic approach. The exploration will hopefully prepare the ground for further work on alchemy, the significance of the Assumption of the Virgin, and synchronicity.

Reading:

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 8, Spirit and Life, §§ 601-648

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 9i, The Phenomenology of the Spirit in Fairy Tales, §§ 384-453

Von Franz, M-L., Projection and Re-collection in Jungian Psychology: Reflections of the Soul, London: Open Court (1980), Chapters 3 and 9

2. SEXUALITY AND CREATIVITY

Doc. Dr. Svetlana Zdravkovic

Date Friday 25 September, Saturday 26 September

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm

Cost £60

Subjects covered:

Individuation, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

The lecturer discusses, as in her books, a variety of issues connected with sexuality. Although Jung emphasised that sexual instinct is just one of the drives, it did not cease to make people creative, happy, anxious, depressive, unhappy etc. A relation is established with important Jungian notions theoretically as well as practically, based on the lecturer’s clinical practice. Sexuality and sexual disorders are connected with the individuation process. The importance of creativity, humour and cultural amplifications is emphasised.

It would be helpful if participants could have some clay or plasticine to hand

Reading:

Jung, C. G., Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London and Henley (1977)

Jung, C. G., The Development of Personality, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London and Henley (1954)

Jung, C. G., The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London and Henley (1960)

Jung, C. G., Symbols of Transformation, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London and Henley (1956)

Jung, C. G., The Practice of Psychotherapy, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London and Henley (1966)

3. THE VIERGE OUVRANTE: A SYMBOL OF TRANSFORMATION

Chris Olson

Date Tuesday 20 October

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Psychology and Religion, Alchemy

The Vierge Ouvrante, the opening virgin, is a medieval statue of Madonna and child that opens to reveal God the Father sitting on the “throne of grace.” A crucifix stands at God’s feet. The dove of peace usually descends from above, completing the depiction of the Holy Trinity. The feminine fourth emerges as the one that embraces the three, the Trinity, into an embodied whole. The Vierge Ouvrante expresses in a single symbol Jung’s teachings on Christianity and Alchemy.

4. UKCP CODE OF ETHICS

Maggie Stanway

Date Friday 30 October

Time 7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost £25

Subjects covered:

Ethical Issues

There are seven areas the UKCP Code of Ethics concerns itself with and within each of these there are between two and nine sub-points. The lecture will take one sub-point from each of the seven areas (more if time allows) and describe an imagined scenario which leads to a complaint, then discuss how the complaint could have been avoided. It is natural to assume you will be ethical in your practice, but it is worthwhile to be aware of the subtle pitfalls that can occur.

Reading:

UKCP Code of Ethics

5. RESTORATIVE POWER OF THE FEMININE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST EVIL

Penny Norris

Date Saturday 31 October

Time 10.30am-12.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects Covered:

Fundamentals, evil, shadow, neurosis, symbols, coming to selfhood, union of opposites, transcendent function, visual images

Nowadays we can see as never before that the peril which threatens all of us comes not from nature, but from man, from the psyches of the individual and the mass. The psychic aberration of the man is the danger. Everything depends upon whether or not our psyche functions properly. If certain persons lose their head nowadays, a hydrogen bomb will go off.

C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1962 §132

The fairy tale of Fitcher's Bird could be seen psychologically as an alchemical process of redemption and transformation, perhaps a process of individuation. It reveals the power of the feminine principle when applied consciously by men and women to make a stand against evil. It holds the paradox that within evil there may be good that seeks redemption. Contrarily, goodness actively absorbs and protects itself from deeds and intentions of evil, transforming these. It is a blood-thirsty tale of a wicked magician who does not behave properly, and people lose their heads. He captures and murders women until he meets his match, the third sister of three.

This is a power-point presentation with visual images, discussion and Q&As.

Recommended Reading:

Kalsched, D., The Inner World of Trauma, Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit, Chapter 9, New York, London: Routledge (1996)

Brothers Grimm, The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales, London: Routledge (1993)

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 11, Psychology and Religion: West and East, §§ 745-747, London: Routledge (1991)

The fairy tale "Fitcher's Bird" can be found in Routledge's editions of The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales. It can also be found online at  https://en.wikipedia.org

6. HOW TO APPROACH WRITING A FAIRY TALE ANALYSIS

Jane Bacon PhD

Date Tuesday 17 November

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology, Individuation

In this time together we will discuss and practice writing a fairytale analysis from an analytical perspective. There will be time to establish an overall structure and approach to the task of analysis from initial reading of the tale to establishing the psychological situation and onto exploring ways to weave together the symbolic amplifications with the overall narrative structure of the essay. We will draw on the work of Marie Louise von Franz, Verena Kast and Jung.

Reading:

Jacoby, M., Kast, V. & Riedel, I., Witches, Ogres, and the devil’s daughter; Encounters with Fairytales, Boston: Shambala (1992)

Jung, C.G., ‘The phenomenology of the spirit in fairytales’ in Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, Vol.9i, London: Routledge (2014)

Kast, V., Through emotions to maturity: Psychological readings of fairytales, New York: Fromm International (1992)

Von Franz, M., The Interpretation of Fairytales, Wilmette, Ill. Chiron (1996)

Zipes, J., The Oxford Companion to Fairytales, Oxford: Oxford University, (2000)

7. RESEARCHING THE PHENOMENA: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AN EXPERIENCE

Cristina Boserman

Date Thursday 26 November, Friday 27 November, Saturday 28 November

Time Thursday and Friday 6.30-8.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm

Cost £90

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals

During this series of lectures, we will be looking at different approaches to research with a focus on qualitative methodologies. The presenter will guide you through step-by-step practices in order to carry out qualitative research using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), a unique phenomenological approach seeking to understand people’s ‘lived experience’. These lectures aim at bridging a gap between the study of the psyche from an academic standpoint (mainstream Psychology) and from that of Analytical Psychology. As it will become apparent, the use of qualitative methodologies can inform and provide further evidence to an existing theory such as Analytical Psychology, as well as the latter expanding the existing horizon provided by the data.

Reading:

(Please note: the following list is suggested reading but not essential for attending the seminar)

Boserman, C., (2009) Diaries from Cannabis Users: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 13(4). This will be sent to registrants.

Brooke, R., (2000) Pathways into the Jungian World. London: Routledge

Harper, D. & Thompson, A.R. (eds), (2011) Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell

Smith, J.A., (2008) Qualitative Psychology. A Practical Guide to Research Methods. London: Sage

Willig, C., (2008) Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University

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