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Programme of Studies 2016 – 2017


Final date for receipt of applications 7 April 2017


We regret to announce that Seminar 13 has had to be cancelled.
Please contact the office for further information.


Angela Cotter

Date Thursday 20th April

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £35

Subjects covered: Why is research important for Jungian analysts? The historical and current context. The outcomes/process debate. Quantitative and qualitative research. Research in the psychotherapy field. The turn towards narrative reflexive research and practice-based research. The wounded researcher.

The aim of this session is to develop awareness of the debate about research in psychotherapy, the methodologies employed in conducting such research and its relevance to clinical practice. The evidence-based debate is critiqued and newer approaches are highlighted with examples. The talk includes both specific reference to the relevance of research for Jungian analysts and also wider examples from the field.


Cooper M., Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy: The facts are friendly, London: Sage (2008)

McLeod J., Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage (2015)

Romanyshyn R.D. The Wounded Researcher: research with soul in mind. New Orleans: Spring (2007)


Please note changes to the previously published details for Seminar 14

14. The Conference of the Birds

Jane Clark

Date Friday 21 April, Saturday 22 April

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered: Psychology and Religion

This seminar on Islamic mysticism will be an exploration of Attar’s mystical classic The Conference of the Birds. The speaker, Jane Clark, is a Senior Research Fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn ʿArabī Society, and has been studying, researching and lecturing on the ideas of this important Islamic thinker for more than thirty years.


Please use the Penguin Classics edition, The Conference of the Birds, trans. Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davies. NB Please buy the latest edition, as the previous one, from 1984, does not include the prologue.

Please see the Biographies page for further information on Jane Clark.



Jules Cashford

Date Thursday 18 May

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £35

Subjects Covered: Fairy Tale and Myth, Psychology and Religion.

It will be suggested that the complexities surrounding the distinction between sex and gender lead into a wider discussion of the often less than fully conscious ideas about the relation between nature and culture, which in turn draw upon the different ways in which the universe is imagined. This is further complicated by the language of 'archetypal masculine and feminine.' We will explore whether images of what is 'male' and 'female' in any particular culture may be projected onto the archetypal world, such that the 'archetypal' may be thought to mirror the personal, which is thereby falsely augmented by considering itself archetypal.


Jung, C.G., Collected Works Vol. 9ii, Aion

Hillman, J., The Myth of Analysis, New York: Harper, Colophon Books (1972), especially the section On Psychological Femininity

Neumann, E., The Great Mother, Bollingen Series XLII, trans. Ralph Mannheim, Princeton: Princeton University Press (1955)

Baring, A. and Cashford, J., The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image, London: Penguin Books, Arkana (1993), especially chapter 13, Eve: The Mother of All Living



Eva Chadwick

Date Friday 19 May

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £35

Subjects Covered: Alchemy, Individuation

As Jung says in Alchemical Studies, Vol 13, Paragraph 90 “…The symbolism of alchemy has a great deal to do with the structure of the unconscious, as I have shown in my book Psychology and Alchemy… the dreams of modern men and women often contain the very images and metaphors that we find in the medieval treatises.” The presenter will talk about the operations of the alchemical opus and its correspondence with the stages of an analysis. The aim of the seminar is to demonstrate that from the beginning of the individuation process the images and operations of the alchemical opus are synchronous with it, leading towards the gold – the aurum non vulgi – of the alchemists, and the attainment of the Self.


Jung, C.G., Collected Works Vol. 12, Part II: Individual Dream Symbolism in Relation to Alchemy

Jung, C.G., Collected Works Vol. 13, Part II: The Visions of Zosimos



Edna Shahaf

Date Saturday 20th May

Time 10.30am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 4pm

Cost £70

Subjects Covered: Alchemy, Religion, Individuation, Fundamentals, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

One of the keys to Hermetic Kabbalah is the diagram named the Tree of Life. This archetypal scheme, with its unique language and wealth of symbols, can give us an objective basis from which to approach some basic alchemical images and text about the perils, obstacles and good fortune of the call to quest, and to see how they correspond to the experience of psychotherapy. In the afternoon, speakers from both alchemy seminars will lead a discussion seminar on the material presented.


Halevi, Z.B.S., The Kabbalah Tradition of Hidden Knowledge, London: Thames and Hudson (1995)

Edinger, E., The Anatomy of the Psyche, Illinois, USA: Open Court Publishing Company (1993), pp. 1-15

Neumann, E., The Origin and History of Consciousness, Princeton USA: Princeton University Press (1954) pp. 195-219



Dr Gloria Pepe

Date Thursday 22 June

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £35

Subjects Covered: History of Neurosis

The seminar will attempt to examine how in the West, following the rise of the ‘scientific method’, medicine gave birth to the concept of neurosis as a diagnostic category and how the concept moved from general medicine towards psychiatry. Then, how, on the margin of psychiatry, the concept of neurosis led eventually to the definition of the ‘unconscious’, and finally, beyond psychiatry, and beyond medicine altogether, how, through such a concept, Jung led the way to the field of ‘analytical psychology’.


Shamdasani, S., Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2003)

Ellenberg, H., The Discovery of the Unconscious, USA: Basic Books (1970)

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol. 8, A Review of the Complex Theory, §§ 194-219



Jim Fitzgerald

Date Friday 23 June

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £35

Subjects covered: Psychopathology, Fairy Tale and Myth, Dreams

In his momentous frightening dream as a three-year old, Jung heard his mother’s voice, explaining that the giant underground enthroned phallus that terrified him was ‘the Maneater.’ Her words later puzzled Jung. That they came, not from his personal mother, but from the Great Mother, he does not suggest. However, it seems clear that in many myths and stories, the essence of masculinity requires an encounter with a devouring father-figure. This talk will explore some of this material, and draw conclusions about the sources of the masculine spirit.


Jung, C.G., Memories Dreams Reflections, Glasgow: Fontana Press (1993) pp. 24-30.

Stein, M., ‘The Dreaming Father’, Fathers and Mothers, ed. Berry, P., Dallas, USA: Spring Publications (1977)



Frances Milne

Date Saturday 24 June

Time 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £70

Subjects covered: History of Neurosis. Fairy tale and Myth, Individuation, Other Contemporary and Psychoanalytical Theory and Therapies, Post Jungian Theory and Practice, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

From Freud's essay On Narcissism: An Introduction (1914) to today's plethora of books and articles (The Narcissistic Family, The 'Me, Me, Me' Epidemic) on the subject, there has been no shortage of studies of narcissism, both in individuals and in society at large. In this seminar we shall be exploring the phenomenon of self-absorption, which was first described in the ancient myth told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses. In this tale of the beautiful youth Narcissus, gazing at his image in a pool of water, we find material which is echoed today in the world-wide fascination of the selfie and other forms of social media.


Main texts

Jacoby, M, Individuation and Narcissism, Hove: Routledge (2010)

Holmes, J, Narcissism, Cambridge: Icon Books UK (2001)

Gerhardt, S, The Selfish Society, London: Simon and Shuster (2010)

Supplementary reading

Freud, S., Beyond the Pleasure Principle and other Writings, London: Penguin Books (2003)

Kernberg, O., Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism, New Jersey: Aronson Inc. (1992)

Kohut, H., The Analysis of the Self, University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London (2009)

Lasch, C., The Culture of Narcissism, New York: W.W. Norton & Co. (1991)

Ovid, Metamorphoses, transl. Innes, London: Penguin Books (1955)

Pressman S. & R., The Narcissistic Family, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (1994)

Schwartz-Salant, N, Narcissism and Character Transformation, Toronto: Inner City Books (1982)

Symington,N., Narcissism: A New Theory, London: Karnac Books (1998)


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