Programme of Studies 2017 – 2018

Seminars are held at The Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT

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


Penny Boisset

Date Thursday 25 January

Time 7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals, History of Neurosis, Individuation

Jung's Collected Works Volume 16 contains essential readings for a training in Jungian psychology. We will work with selected sections of Part One on the principles and aims of practical psychotherapy, and consider the problems of modern psychotherapy. Participants will be advised of our specific readings in advance of the seminar.


Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 16, The Practice of Psychotherapy, sections to be announced


Dr Brian Stevenson

Date Friday 26 January, Saturday 27 January

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Psychopathology, History of Neurosis, Fundamentals, Other Models

The seminar aims to explore what we mean by psychosis and dissociation, their possible aetiologies, and the clinical applications for practising therapists. Some historical background will be discussed, centred round Jung and Bleuler’s collaboration. Consideration will be paid to the different definitions of these terms associated with different schools of thought. A phenomenological approach will also be applied to help recognise these entities in clinical practice. Case examples will include the one described by John Weir Perry in The Self in Psychotic Process.


Escamilla, M., Bleuler, Jung, and the Creation of the Schizophrenias, Einsiedeln, Switzerland: Daimon Verlag (2016)

Perry, J. W., The Self in Psychotic Process, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press (1953), Part 1

Garfield, D. and Steinman, I., Self Psychology and Psychosis: The Development of the Self During Intensive Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses, London: Karnac Books (2015)

Fisher, J., Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation, New York and London: Routledge (2017), Chapters 1-4

Kalsched, D., Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and Its Interruption, London; New York: Routledge (2013), Chapter 3


Sarah Halford

Date Thursday 22 February

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Fairy Tale and Myth, Individuation, Dreams, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

The aim of the seminar is to explore myths of ending, including apocalyptic myths, from a symbolic perspective. Dreams of ending arising in analysis and their relationship to the myths will also be discussed.


Campbell, J., The Masks of God, Vol. 1, London: Arkana (1991)

Eliade, M., The Myth of the Eternal Return, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press (2005)

Jung, C. G. and Segal, R. A. (ed.), Jung on Mythology, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press (1998)


Dr Begum Maitra

Date Friday 23 February, Saturday 24 February

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects Covered:

Psychopathology, Fundamentals, Developmental Models, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

How do we understand the recurrence through human histories of periods of intolerance towards ‘others’? How do we discover its traces in ourselves, and what might this suggest about the bias hidden within assumptions about universal human truths? These workshops will approach an understanding of what occurs within the analytic session, exploring how other disciplines – the biological and social sciences – might contribute to our practice. Cross-cultural data about childhoods, groups and societies demonstrates the diversity of beliefs about normality, love and other such universal preoccupations, and we will explore how these boundaries between ‘us’ and ‘them’ might be central to the analytic endeavour.


Le Vine, R. A., ‘Infant Environments in Psychoanalysis: A Cross-Cultural View’, in Stigler, J., Shweder, R. and Herdt, G. (eds.), Cultural Psychology: Essays on Comparative Human Development, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1990), pp. 454-476

Kirmayer, L., ‘Psychotherapy and the Cultural Concept of the Person’, Transcultural Psychiatry 44/2, (2007), pp. 232-257

Maitra, B., ‘Seeing the Point of Culture’, in Mathers, D. (ed.), Vision and Supervision: Jungian and Post-Jungian Perspectives, Hove, UK and New York: Routledge (2008), pp. 146-163

Additional Reading:

Dalal, F., ‘Jung: A Racist’, British Journal of Psychotherapy, 4/3 (1988), pp. 263-279

Fanon, F., Black Skin, White Masks, London: Pluto Press (1986, first published 1952)

Foucault, M., History of Madness, Abingdon, UK: Routledge (2006, first published 1961)

Maitra, B. and Krause, I.-B., Culture and Madness: A Training Resource, Film and Commentary for Mental Health Professionals, Philadelphia, Pa.: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2014)


Melanie Rein

Date Thursday 22 March

Time 7.30 – 9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects Covered:


This seminar will focus on the unconscious patterns which run through families and generations of families, as one generation inherits, responds and reacts to the complexes and archetypal energies of the previous generation – and even of the generation before that – parents, grandparents and in some cases, great-grandparents. The presenter will draw on the symbolic nature of the genogram, or psychological genealogy tree, exploring its connection to the Tree of Life and its value in the analytic work as a visual image for eliciting, revealing and deepening insights into family and ancestral patterning.


Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 17, ‘Introduction to Wickes’s “Analyse der Kinderseele”’, §§ 80-97

Jung, C. G., Memories, Dreams, Reflections, London: Collins and Routledge & Kegan Paul (1963), Chapter 8: ‘The Tower’

Wieland-Burston, J., ‘Grandparents: Between Grandness and Betrayal’ in Wirth, S., Meier, I. and Hill, J. (eds.), Trust and Betrayal: Dawnings of Consciousness, Jungian Odyssey Series Vol. III, New Orleans, La.: Spring Journal Books (2011)

Wieland-Burston, J., ‘“Bubbe Mayseh” (The Archetype of Grandparents), or: Me and My Grandparents – Stories and History’, in Stein, M. and Jones, R. A., Cultures and Identities in Transition: Jungian Perspectives, London: Routledge (2010), pp. 41-52


Robert Macdonald

Date Friday 23 March, Saturday 24 March

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Fairy Tale and Myth, Fundamentals, Psychology and Religion, Individuation, Alchemy

The myth of the hero has a central role in Jungian psychology. The lecture will consider the archetype of the hero, his dual parentage and his personal – transpersonal nature. The hero’s drama through the dragon fight, emergence from the maternal matrix and the slaying of the father will be discussed with reference to the development of the ego and the individuation process. Various texts will be referred to: Shakespeare’s The Tempest, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Grail Legend. Unconscious identification, the sacrifice of the hero, and the ultimate question of what value the hero serves will be addressed through specific reference to Jung’s The Red Book.


Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 5 (with particular attention to references to the hero)

Jung, C. G., The Red Book (Liber Primus, Liber Secundus), London: W. W. Norton and Company Limited (2009)

Neumann, E., The Origins and History of Consciousness (Part I, Section B: ‘The Hero Myth’), England: Routledge and Kegan Paul (1954)

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