The McMillan Institute

McMillan LionWe are thrilled and deeply honored to announce the founding of The Frank N. McMillan, Jr., Institute of Jungian Studies at The Jung Center. The Institute hosts local and online educational experiences that advance C.G. Jung’s exploration of the frontiers of the human soul.

The son of a rancher in rural Milam County, Texas, Frank McMillan, II, once wrote a friend that “Jung saved my life.” A chance encounter with the artist Forrest Bess, in a diner on Matagorda Bay in 1954, led McMillan to a lifelong passion for Jung’s thought and an uncompromising pursuit of the authentically examined life. As he wrote, “The great contribution of Jung is not that his ideas form any final explanation . . . but that they are penetrating insights that open doors and lead the way for further elaboration and understanding.”

The Jung Center shares this passion. At the heart of our mission is the belief that compassionate, ethical action in the world depends on knowing oneself. We create community best when we are able to discern our unconscious motivations and recollect our projections onto others. And each of us must walk our own paths – no one can tell us who we are or what we must be in the world.

The McMillan Institute features lectures, workshops, conferences, and other learning opportunities, many of which will also be available online in the coming years. It is also the new home of the Fay Lectures, which for more than two decades have spotlighted the most innovative scholars in analytical psychology from around the world. These honorary lectures are presented annually and are published by Texas A&M Press. More information about the next Fay Lectures will be available soon.

Read the story behind Frank N. McMillan III’s inspiration to create this institute in honor of his father.


Archetypal Energies in Modern Life
James Hollis
Four Tuesdays, Jan 8 – Jan 29
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$135 ($125 members), $35 Drop-ins
NOTE: James Hollis will teach this class remotely. This class will only be available for viewing at The Jung Center. The technology will allow for discussion between Dr. Cheetham and his students.

Where did the gods go when they left Olympus? Jung posited that they entered the unconscious of the modern and became “disturbances.” He viewed “the gods” as the personification of archetypal energies–timeless forces that course through us all. Accordingly, when a god “dies,” its energy leaves the concept, practice, ritual, and dogma and goes underground, appearing elsewhere, incognito. How do we then track those energies, and where do they reappear in contemporary forms such as consumerism, seduction by electronics, sociopathies, and personal symptoms? We will explore how cultures of today cope with, or find surrogates for, the primal powers of nature, however disguised they are in contemporary cultural expressions.

Recommended reading: Tracking the Gods: The Place of Myth in Modern Life, James Hollis

Live-streaming instructions here!

Look Deeper: A Reading Group
Sean Fitzpatrick
Five Fridays, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 29, Apr 19, May 10
12 – 1pm
1 CE Hour per session ($10 processing fee for CE and CPE certificates)

Join us for a free lunchtime reading group. This semester, we will continue reading The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering by Lionel Corbett. We will read a chapter each month, beginning with chapter 4. Drop in at any time; no prior participation in the group is necessary.

Let’s Book It: Keeping the Faith Without a Religion
Diana Heritage
Six Wednesdays, Feb 6 – Mar 13
5:45 – 7:15pm
$200 ($185 Jung Center Members)
9 CE Hours

Where do we turn when life throws a wrench into the spokes of our most deeply held beliefs? In Keeping the Faith Without A Religion, author Roger Housdan reflects on this timeless question. We will use writing exercises and book discussion to stimulate reflection into our own beliefs and examine the value, and perhaps the risk, of opening ourselves to new perspectives in our quest for coping with this very human challenge.

Required reading: Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, Roger Housdan

Minimalism and Mysticism
Sean Fitzpatrick and Rodney Waters
Friday, Feb 15
7 – 8:30pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours

When any aspect of our life is one-sided—whether it happens naturally or because part of us is not allowed expression—the other side will emerge from the unconscious. The process, which Jung termed enantiodromia, can happen gradually or all at once, triggering breakthroughs and breakdowns.
We see this phenomenon play out throughout the history of music. The Baroque Period’s ornamentation gave way to the refinement of the Classical Period, followed by the expressiveness and excess of Romanticism, then by atonal composers like Arnold Schoenberg. This “one-sided tendency” inspired artists like Philip Glass and John Adams to find their voice in the opposite, in a movement that came to be known as “minimalism.”
Mysticism, too, can be understood as the emergence of something unexpected, even unwanted, from the unconscious. Mystical experiences transcend traditional religious authority, and while the mystic may describe their experience using concepts and symbols of a religious tradition, the experience itself is often understood to be beyond words.
In this special evening of performance and reflection, we will experience these counter currents of music, spirituality, and meaning.

Unlocking Unconscious Creativity
John Price and Rodney Waters
Saturday, Feb 16
7 – 9pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours

Jung understood that the deeper mysteries of our psyche could only be accessed through symbolic imagery – either in the form of dreams or through creative expression. He proposed that, along with hunger, sexuality, activity, and reflection, creativity was one of the five instinctual drives shared by all of humanity. Neuroscience now confirms what both he and Freud suggested—that an individual seeking consciousness must connect with and express aspects of the Self found beneath the intellect, far beyond conscious control.Tapping into our creative impulses and bringing forth what we discover honors the complexity of our true nature. One does not have to be an artist to be creative; all creativity requires is a dialogue with the multiplicity and complexities found within. Join us for an evening of music, poetry, and reflections on Jung’s own journey of creativity,embodied by the Red Book.

Magee Ethics Workshop: Encountering the Unsettling Other in the Consulting Room
Sean Fitzpatrick
Friday, Feb 22
9am – 12:15pm
$25 ($20 members)
3 Ethics CE Hours

What happens when we encounter something difficult, repellent, or even frightening in our work with others? The Roman poet Terence famously wrote, “Nothing human is alien to me.” When we relate to others in their suffering, there are moments that challenge our values and upset our understanding of ourselves as ethical agents of healing. In this workshop, we will use Denis Villeneuve’s eloquent film Arrival (2016), along with small- and large-group discussion, to learn to navigate our encounters with what is alien in our clients and in ourselves. Participants do not need to have seen the film prior to attending the workshop.

An Introduction to Jungian Psychology
José Leal
Saturday, Mar 2
12 – 3pm
$65 ($55 members)
3 CE Hours

What exactly is Jungian psychology? Are there many Jungian perspectives or just one? What does the term “Jungian” imply, and is it necessarily constrained by Carl Jung’s work? We will explore fundamental concepts of Jungian psychology, including archetypes, complex, the unconscious, the shadow, the self, and the structure of the psyche. We will also explore the contending schools of thought and perspectives within the field, talk about its challenges and future, and discuss the many ways Jungian psychology can contribute to psychotherapy and other areas of study.

Religion, Mental Health, and the Search for Meaning: Experiences at the Threshold of Life
Janice Miner Holden, Mark Ryan, and Pam Stockton
Friday, Mar 8
9am – 4:30pm
6 CE Hours
Location: Scanlan Hall, University of St. Thomas

What do we do when we have experiences that do not fall easily into a religious or a psychological category? Many people have recounted extraordinary psychological experiences, often while in a physical or emotional crisis, that have come to be known as “near-death experiences,” or NDEs. The term is relatively recent, but the experiences have been reported for millennia. These and other kinds of experiences—from dreams to visions to precognitive moments—can be deeply meaningful or deeply troubling to the person having them, and, as clinicians, it can be difficult to discern how to think about them in a helpful manner when our clients share them with us.
In this conference, we will explore how we can help those in our care make meaning of their experiences. Rather than leaping to a label—divine or demonic, transformative or pathological—we can help individuals hold their experiences with care and insight.

Animus and Anima
Michael Escamilla
Lecture: Friday, Nov 9
6 – 7:30pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours
Workshop: Saturday, Nov 10
10am – 4pm
$100 ($90 Jung Center Members)
5 CE Hours

Carl Jung developed the concept of an inner feminine figure within men, the anima, which he understood as a gateway to the unconscious. He postulated a similar inner figure, the animus, operative within women. Using images from film (e.g. Malick, Fellini) and literature (e.g. Brontë), we will learn about these inner figures. We will look at them as they were experienced by Jung in the Red Book and as they appear to us now. How can we make sense of these concepts in a world in which gender roles and identities are more fluid than ever? What impact do these figures have on our ability to fall in love, to love, and to experience wholeness?

Thomas Moore and Care of the 21st Century Soul
John Schuster
Saturday, Mar 16
10am – 3pm
$95 ($85 members)

Uncover the scope of contributions and sources of inspiration at the heart of writer and psychotherapist Thomas Moore’s prolific career, which took off with the bestseller The Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life. We will look at some of the people who influenced Moore’s work, including Carl Jung, James Hillman, and Italian Renaissance philosopher and astrologer Marsilio Ficinio as well as the impact of Moore’s own Celtic and Catholic roots. Join us as we celebrate the impact and output of this soulful man.

Hamman Professional Wellness Workshop: The Art of Interpretation in Jungian Analysis
Mark Winborn
Friday, Mar 22
9am – 1pm
$20 ($15 members)
4 CE Hours

Fluency in analytic interpretation is fundamental to the process of any analytic therapy. What one chooses to say in analytic therapy, why one chooses to say it, how one says it, when one says it: these are the building blocks of the interpretive process.
We will explore the history of analytic technique, the role of language in analytic therapy, the poetics and metaphor of interpretation, and the relationship between interpretation and the analytic attitude. We will review the steps involved in creating clear, meaningful, and transformative interpretations and discover how blending the Jungian tradition’s deep understanding of archetype, symbol, and metaphor with the psychoanalytic interpretative technique creates a powerful therapeutic amalgam.

Jung and the Metaphorical Mind
Mark Winborn
Saturday, Mar 23
9am – 1pm
$90 ($80 members)
4 CE Hours

Metaphors appear in myths, fairy tales, religious motifs, and other manifestations of the collective unconscious, but they also appear both consciously and unconsciously in everyday life and language. Metaphor is the process that allows music, art, poetry, and film to move us, the process that brings imagination alive. Derived from the Greek for “transfer,” metaphor is the utilization of one conceptual domain to articulate the characteristics of another, a juxtaposition resulting in a transfer of meaning from one to the other.
The emphasis on metaphor in analytic therapy is one aspect that distinguishes it from other forms of therapy. We will explore the ways metaphor and imagination underlie the analytic process, create the potential for change through analysis, and provide the foundation for all creative experience.

A Re-Membered Past: A Return to the Family Plantation
Nell Gottlieb and Anna Guerra
Thursday, Mar 28
7 – 8:30pm
$20 ($15 Jung Center Members)
1.5 CE Hours

Learn how artist Nell Gottlieb uses her work to confront a familial past of oppression and racism. Nell’s art focuses on her family’s history in Jim Crow Alabama and summers spent at the family home built in 1841. She will describe her process, which includes a rapprochement with the descendants of those once enslaved at her family’s cotton plantation. She will recount the recent rededication of an ancestral cemetery, an event that brought together black and white descendants for a discussion and meal in the long-vacant home. Anna Guerra will facilitate the discussion. This lecture is the second in Anna’s occasional series Re-Membering the Past.

Explorando Sueños en Español / Exploring Dreams in Spanish
Conferencia / Lecture: Friday, Apr 5
5 – 7pm
$25 ($20 Jung Center Members)
2 CE Hours
Taller / Workshop: Saturday, Apr 6
9am – 4pm
$120 ($110 Jung Center Members)
5.5 CE Hours

Porqué estamos tan fascinados por nuestros sueños y lo que significan? Exploraremos como la interpretación de los sueños han capturado la imaginación desde mitología a psicología analítica, de Gilgamesh a Jung. La conferencia del Viernes por la noche se enfocará en la teoría e historia detrás del trabajo de los sueños. En el taller interactivo del Sábado tendremos la oportunidad de compartir y examinar nuestras propias experiencias con nuestros sueños.

Why are we so fascinated by our dreams and what they mean? We will explore how dream interpretation has captured our imagination for millennia, from mythology to analytical psychology, from Gilgamesh to Jung. Friday night’s lecture will look at the theory and history behind dreamwork. In Saturday’s interactive workshop, we will have the opportunity to share and examine our own experiences with dreams.

Nota: Este programa sólo serán en español.
Note: This program will only be in Spanish.

Popcorn Psychology: Let’s All Go to the Movies (The Sequel)
Sean Fitzpatrick
Four Tuesdays, Apr 9 – 30
5:45 – 7:15pm
$135 ($125 Jung Center Members)
$35 Drop-ins
6 CE Hours

Grab some popcorn and discover how film and psychology go together like Mike and Ike. It is no accident that movies came of age alongside the discipline of psychology. Both examine the human experience in new and innovative ways, inventing vocabularies and techniques that continue to shape our culture and our perceptions of ourselves. We will watch portions of four movies in class and explore how psychology can inform our film watching – and how the art of film can teach us about human nature. We recommend that you watch the films in advance of each week’s conversation.

Week I: The Big Lebowski (1998)
Week II: Persepolis (2007)
Week III: The New World (2005)
Week IV: Selma (2014)

The Daring Way™ for Women
Natalie Mica
Six Thursdays, Apr 11 – May 23
5:30 – 7:30pm
$250 ($225 Jung Center Members)
$50 Drop-Ins
12 CE Hours

Are you longing to cultivate self-compassion and let go of perfectionism? Are you ready to let go of what other people think and embrace authenticity? Are you interested in practices that develop gratitude and joy? Join us in exploring the key teachings of The Daring Way™, a life-changing “movement,” based on Dr. Brené Brown’s research, supporting our journey to Show Up, Be Seen, and Live Brave™. Centered around a core belief that there is immense power in owning one’s story and letting go of shame, we will dig deep and become familiar with the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that hold us back, and we will identify new choices and practices that move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. We will explore topics like vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Come discover how our vulnerabilities can be a doorway to a resilient life of courage, compassion, and connection, transforming the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

Dreams: Muses and Mirrors
Anna Guerra
Thursday, May 2
7 – 8:30pm
$20 ($15 Jung Center Members)
1.5 CE Hours

How might dreams serve as muses, sources of creative inspiration, and mirrors for our unconscious psyche? We are more than we think we are, and our dreams (and our art) can help uncover layers of our unknown selves and stimulate our creativity and growth in ways that enliven and expand our world. We will learn the technique of active imagination, which uses the expressive arts to engage our unconscious selves without having to wait for a dream. No prior experience is needed.

A Jungian Perspective on Astrology and Archetypes
Jennifer Embry and Lilly Roddy
Lecture: Friday, May 3
7 – 8:30pm
$20 ($15 Jung Center Members)
1.5 CE Hours
Workshop: Saturday, May 4
9:30am – 3:30pm
$90 ($80 Jung Center Members)
4.5 CE Hours

What is the archetypal significance of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and how might their locations in our natal astrological charts reflect aspects of our personalities, gifts, and passions? How do the astrological signs influence the signature of the archetypes we embody?
Jung called astrology a “projected psychology of the unconscious.” His notion of synchronicity suggested that the movements of constellations could somehow coincide with our personal trajectories. In Friday’s lecture, we will explore archetypal motifs and how they might reflect our psychological development and challenges. On Saturday, we will examine the planets’ specific locations in our charts and the patterns in which they interact. Please send the date, time, and location of your birth to by April 26 so she can print your birth chart.
Generously underwritten by Linda and Jerry Patchen