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.


Jane Bacon

Date Thursday 26 April

Time 7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:


Jung said that the symbols of the self ‘arise in the depths of the body’ (Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 9i, ‘The Psychology of the Child Archetype’, § 291). He also professed a process he called ‘active imagination’ that would bridge the divide between conscious and unconscious processes, and suggested that this process was unique to each person. To move is to be alive. In our moving body and lived experience, we have ‘the vessel in which the transformation process takes place’ (Hillman, J., Suicide and the Soul, Zurich: Spring Publications (1976), p. 146). In this experiential seminar we will explore some of the ways we might approach active imagination in movement.


Chodorow, J. (ed.), Jung on Active Imagination, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press (1996)

Bacon, J., ‘Her Body Finds a Voice: Authentic Movement in an Imaginal World’, Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice, 7/2 (2012), pp. 115-127

Bacon, J., ‘Psyche Moving: “Active Imagination” and “Focusing” in Movement-Based Performance and Psychotherapy’, Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice, 2/1 (2007), pp. 17-28


Patricia Skar

Date Friday 27 April, Saturday 28 April

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

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Dreams, Individuation, Transference and Countertransference, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology, Other Contemporary and Psychoanalytical Theory and Therapies, Post-Jungian Theory and Practice

This seminar will explore the links between analytic and musical processes from the presenter’s experience as an analyst, musician and piano teacher. It will explain through case examples how the use of music improvisation within analysis can powerfully enhance the dialogue between the unconscious and conscious psyche and deepen the relationship between analyst and analysand. The seminar will also be an opportunity for participants to experience through group improvisation the presenter’s unique method (based on aspects of analytical music therapy) for using simple percussion instruments as active imagination within analysis. No musical background is necessary.


Skar, P., ‘Music and Analysis: Contrapuntal Reflections’, in Mattoon, M.A. (ed.), Zurich 95: Open Questions in Analytical Psychology, Einsiedeln, Switzerland: Daimon Verlag (1997), pp. 389-403

Skar, P., ‘The Goal as Process: Music and the Search for the Self’, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 47/4 (2002), pp. 629-638

Skar, P., ‘The Matrix of Music and Analysis’, in Ashton, P. and Bloch, S. (eds.), Music and Psyche: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Explorations, New Orleans, La.: Spring Journal Books (2010), pp. 77-92

Priestley, M., Essays on Analytical Music Therapy, Phoenixville, Pa.: Barcelona Publishers (1994)

Additional Reading:

Tilly, M., ‘The Therapy of Music’ (1956), in McGuire, W. and Hull, R.F.C. (eds.), C. G. Jung Speaking, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press (1977), pp. 273-275

Odell-Miller, H., ‘Music Therapy and Its Relationship to Psychoanalysis’, in Searle, Y. and Streng, I. (eds.), Where Analysis Meets the Arts: The Integration of the Arts Therapies with Psychoanalytic Theory, London and New York: Karnac Books (2001), pp. 127-152

Knoblauch, S., The Musical Edge of the Therapeutic Dialogue, Hillsdale, N.J.: The Analytic Press (2000)


Jim Fitzgerald

Date Thursday 17 May

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Psychology and Religion, Individuation, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

The aim of this seminar is to explore the origins of Jung’s interest in religion, and how his personal experience contributed to his understanding of its psychological significance. The account of his family background and the intense experiences in the realm of religion during his childhood and school years is fundamental. How his dreams, fantasies and inner experiences, as well as the wealth of reading he undertook in those years, shaped his mature thinking on religion will be highlighted.


Jung, C. G., Memories, Dreams, Reflections, London: Collins (1963), Chapters I-3

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 11, ‘Psychology and Religion’, §§ 1-168 and ‘Psychotherapists or the Clergy’, §§ 488-538


Hans van den Hooff

Date Friday 18 May

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £35

Subjects Covered:

Fundamentals, Fairy Tale and Myth, Individuation, Transference and Countertransference

The classic myth of Amor and Psyche, retold in Apuleius’s 2nd century novel Asinus Aureus (The Golden Ass), provides a metaphoric framework for some of the most important and essential dynamics in the individuation process. The myth illustrates the importance of developing inter- and intra-human relatedness (Eros) in the individuation process and, through the transference and countertransference, in analysis. The development of Psyche in the tale will also be looked at as the disentanglement of the ego from the archetypes. Eros and Psyche cannot grow without each other.


Neumann, E., Amor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine: A Commentary on the Tale by Apuleius, Princeton N.J.: Princeton University Press, Bollingen Series (1973)

Apuleius, The Golden Ass, London: Penguin Classics (1998)


Marcus West

Date Saturday 19 May

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

Cost £70

Subjects Covered:

Transference and Countertransference, Developmental Models, Other Contemporary and Psychoanalytic Theories and Therapies, Post-Jungian Theory and Practice, Psychopathology, Fundamentals, History of Neurosis

This workshop will focus on the clinical challenges of working with borderline states of mind. It will offer a Jungian model for understanding and working with some of our most distressed and challenging clients by appreciating the early relational trauma that lies behind their apparently destructive and ill-adaptive behaviour. It is a model that expands on Jung's concept of the complex and takes up and develops his work on trauma, and the co-constructive and intersubjective nature of the analytic relationship. By extending our understanding of trauma to early relational trauma we can address Jung’s antipathy toward what he saw as merely reductive analysis, whilst embracing his larger vision of the personality.


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

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 16, ‘The Therapeutic Value of Abreaction’, §§ 255–293

West, M., Into the Darkest Places - Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind, London: Karnac (2016), Chapters 1-3, pp. 1-48

Additional Reading:

Boston Change Process Study Group (BCPSG), ‘The Foundational Level of Psychodynamic Meaning: Implicit Process in Relation to Conflict, Defense, and the Dynamic Unconscious’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88/4 (2007), pp. 843-860

Davies, J. M. and Frawley, M. G., ‘Dissociative Processes and Transference-Countertransference Paradigms in the Psychoanalytically Oriented Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse’, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2/1 (1992), pp. 5-36

Kalsched, D., ‘Archetypal Defences in the Clinical Situation: A Vignette’, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 43/1 (1998), pp. 3-17

Liotti, G., ‘Disorganized Attachment and the Therapeutic Relationship with People in Shattered States’, in Yellin, J. and White, K. (eds.), Shattered States: Disorganised Attachment and Its Repair, London: Karnac (2012)


Janet Atkins

Date Thursday 28 June

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £20

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals, Individuation

In this essay Jung looks beyond psychotherapy’s usual interest in personal childhood to the eternal collective child in man, describing it as ‘all that is abandoned and exposed and at the same time divinely powerful; the insignificant, dubious beginning and the triumphal end’ (Collected Works, Vol. 9i, § 300). This seminar will look at the essay and try to understand why Jung says that the child archetype ‘is an imponderable that determines the ultimate worth or worthlessness of a personality’.


Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 9i, ‘The Psychology of the Child Archetype’, §§ 259-305


Mariolina Graziosi

Date Friday 29 June, Saturday 30 June

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

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals, Individuation, Alchemy

In this seminar we will read passages from Volume 1 of the Visions seminars held by C. G. Jung between 1930-1934. Reading Jung’s seminar notes offers us the occasion for an in-depth understanding of how the method of active imagination can be used to enhance the comprehension of the workings of the unconscious. In particular, we will familiarize ourselves with Jung’s idea that imagination is a creative force, independent of objective factors such as parents, education and environment, and we will consider how it can be the source of a parallel approach in the analysis of a clinical case. Given that the case analysis by Jung is of a woman, we also have the opportunity to reflect on the question of women’s psychology.


Jung, C. G. and Douglas, C. (ed.), Visions: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1930-1934, Vol. 1, London: Routledge (1998)

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