C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California
The C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California is accredited by the International Association of Analytical Psychology (www.iaap.org) and is registered in the State of California with the Council for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. We offer a Training Program for practicing psychotherapists to become certified Jungian analysts. We are pleased that our student body reflects the diversity of Southern California.
There are three phases to the Training Program.
Each phase can be completed in approximately two years as follows:
Classes meet at the Study Center office bi-weekly over the course of 16 weeks in the two semesters of a training year. Typically, a student will begin class on the first and third Saturday of each month. The day is long and intense, especially since the classes are usually quite small. Occasionally, a single student will meet with a faculty member for a private tutorial at that teacher’s home or office instead of at the Center. Whatever the actual setting, we anticipate respectful dialogue, uncompromising loyalty to the facts of the psyche, and an atmosphere in which Jung’s works and those closest to him can be studied at depth. We believe the opportunity for this kind of study is rare.
Basic courses focus on Jung’s Collected Works – in particular, Vols. 5,6,7, and 8. At this level, we also explore fairy tales through the seminal work of Marie-Louise von Franz, archetypal development of the psyche as described by Erich Neumann, and Esther Harding’s sensitivity to the psychology of women. Since faculty members have specialties, students may attend seminars on Sandplay Therapy or Authentic Movement, or read classics of English literature to explore connections to Analytical Psychology. An introduction to Greek mythology has become a staple of this phase of training.
Each semester features a Practice and Theory course to address clinical concerns, i.e., how to work with clients from a Jungian point of view. Usually, this class occurs between two other more theoretical courses on one day of training. That changes the pace but also reminds us that Analytical Psychology is not just a point of view but a method for healing.
At the conclusion of each course, any papers or notes of oral presentations are placed in a student’s permanent file. The instructor also places in that file a written evaluation of that student’s participation in class and evident grasp of the material. Any student in good standing has access to his or her file.
The location and intention of advanced classes is the same as for basic classes. But now the focus is upon the more difficult Collected Works of Jung – such as Vols. 9i, 11, 12, and 16. When appropriate, the late vols. 9ii and 14 are offered. A grasp of the psychological meaning of alchemy is essential at this stage along with a proper understanding of transference and countertransference. How to work with dreams, how to do active imagination and when to encourage it with clients may take up whole courses as the student’s psychological sophistication increases. Special seminars on the psychological meaning of Christian Gnosticism, Hinduism, and Buddhism belong here.
Each semester features, as before, a Practice and Theory course to address clinical concerns.
All student materials and instructor evaluations are placed in that person’s permanent file to which the student has access.
(also known as the “Control Phase”)
While each person’s circumstance is different and while our fee structure may change, the following is an estimate of some of the costs of training at the Study Center to become a Jungian analyst:
Qualified persons may apply for training by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should the application proceed to the interview stage – to determine mutual suitability for training – there is a non-refundable fee of $250 for this interview.