Now you can access The Jung Center’s innovative educational offerings wherever you go. We are proud to announce the launch of online classes. You can access all of our online events below, with more on the way. Stay tuned!
Many of these events will be accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Association of Social Work Boards, along with other state accrediting bodies for a range of mental health professionals (including chemical dependency counselors) and educators. Continuing education accreditation provided by R. Cassidy Seminars. For details about accreditation, click here.
We remain deeply grateful to The Houston Endowment, the family of Frank N. McMillan, Jr., Douglas Wyatt, and Carolyn Grant Fay for their support of our online classes.
Taking a course that’s available to live-stream or attend in-person? When you register, you will be emailed viewing instructions prior to the first session/event. You are welcome to take the class in-person, online, or in the combination that best suits your schedule. Please contact Mary Oleyar at email@example.com or 713-524-8253, extension 23, with any questions.
Ian McCabe | 1.5 CE hours | $75 (FREE for members)
Friday, Sept. 6, 7 – 8:30 pm
In Friday night’s lecture, trace the serendipitous beginnings of Alcoholics Anonymous and its connections to William James and Carl Jung. Discover how Jung influenced and was influenced by AA, and gain an understanding of the historical, societal, and medical forces that came together to create the organization.
Michael Conforti | 1.5 CE hours | $20 ($15 members)
Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30 – 9 pm
When entering the autumn and winter of life, we often experience a profound lack of orientation. So many meaningful accomplishments from our earlier lives now begin to lose their luster, and those aspirations and dreams which set our hearts on fire are now eclipsed by new and strange emotions and desires suddenly emerging from the shadows.
The fires and passions of youth and the middle years that once warmed our souls are now reduced to smoldering embers, and with this, the hunger for so much of what we wanted in life quickly fades into the domain of memory. Now the only intimations of this life are found in our dreams, frustrations, symptoms, and cravings for the ineffable.
We will use Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea to better understand the role of psyche and soul in the aging process. Like the old man, we are challenged to hear painful lamentations of ego and youth as we move into this later and eventually final stage of life. It is imperative to know what we love and cherish and need to preserve but also recognize those aspects of life we need to relinquish, as they no longer satisfy the mandates of the self.
Justine Fanarof | $85 ($65 members)
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6 – 7:30 pm
Approved by State Bar of Texas for 1.5 CLE credit hours, including 0.5 hours ethics
Lawyers, the legal community, and those who love and work with them are invited to participate in this introduction to Mindful Law Firm™. Together we will learn to recognize and reduce stress and anxiety to support wellness and nurture professional responsibility. We will practice gentle yoga stretches and practical breathing exercises to restore balance, and we will understand how to incorporate mindfulness practices into daily life with a focus on the joys and challenges of a legal environmnent. Nourishing refreshments will be provided by Chef Monica Pope.
LIVESTREAM Liminal Spaces: A Performance/Presentation
Ron Schenk | 3 CE hours | $65 ($55 members)
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 am – 1 pm
Explore the archetypal theme of liminality in this special event, which will combine song, poetry, and art with psychological commentary. “Liminal” refers to any object, situation, or way of thinking that takes on the aspect of threshold, in-between space, “twilight zone,” or boundary or border crossing. We will merge traditionally distinct forms such as performance with lecture and education with art. We will explore waterways, borderlands, cityscapes, eros, and nightworld, and we will hear classical and popular music, jazz, showtunes, and poetry from Shakespeare, Eliot, and Frost.
James Hollis | 6 CE hours | $135 ($125 members)
Mondays, Nov. 4 – 25, 5:45 – 7:15 pm
We will utilize the accessible books of Robert Johnson, who sought to bridge the gap between the arcana of Jung and the reading public through a series of short studies. These slim volumes provide an introduction to core analytic concepts and illustrate the importance of myth as a carrier of values — and the dynamic interactions of those values.
LIVESTREAM A Contemplation on Letting Go
Ginger Clarkson | $20 ($15 members)
Thursday, Dec. 5 | 5:45 – 7:15 pm
Discover the invaluable Buddhist insight that the path to freedom from suffering involves letting go of attachments. The beautiful story of Anathapindika, a man stricken with profound physical pain, offers us timeless insight into the mystery of attachment. Through lecture, discussion, and guided meditation, we will discuss ways of letting go in daily life. And we will practice noticing and releasing attachments to particular body sensations, emotions, thoughts, and sense impressions – taking an important step along the path to freedom from suffering.
Carol Pearson | 1.5 CE hours | $20 ($15 members)
Friday, Dec. 13 | 7 – 8:30 pm
Mary Magdalene is referred to 12 times in the canonical gospels, more than any other apostle. In 1969 the Vatican honored her as the Apostle to the Apostles, rejecting the portrait of her as a prostitute. Yet, for most of the past 2,000-plus years, her true legacy was erased, putting her in the inkblot-like position of inviting projection after projection. Still, she remains viewed by many primarily as a repentant prostitute. However, in the oral tradition and in recent scholarship, she has also been imagined variously as a virgin; a wealthy funder of Jesus’s work; the mother of Jesus’s daughter and ancestor of the French Merovingian dynasty; Jesus’s spiritual and romantic partner; and the leader of the apostles, Jesus’s successor, and the original framer of the ideas in the Gospel of John.
Interest in Magdalene is now booming. Why Magdalene? Why now? What is the archetypal meaning of this history and the explosion of interest in this Biblical character? But most of all, what archetypes does Magdalene embody, and what do they mean for us?
An Introduction to Jung’s Theory of Complexes | 1.5 hours | $23 ($18 Jung Center members)
Anna Guerra, JD, MA, LPC
What is a complex? We’ve all heard of the Oedipus complex, the inferiority complex, and the mother complex, but what do these ideas really mean? Jung placed great importance on the notion of the complex, which he referred to as “the architect of dreams” and “the via regia” (royal road) to the unconscious. This concept and its role in psychological distress and interpersonal conflict is explored in this lecture.
A Re-Memembered Past: The Sephardic Presence In South Texas | 1 hour | $23 ($18 Jung Center members)
Anna Guerra, JD, MA, LPC
Presenter Anna Guerra, drawing upon her own ancestry which also exists in the backgrounds of many contemporary Tejanos, will trace how Sephardic people settled in Texas following the expulsion of Jews from Spain in the fifteenth century. This lecture explores the Carvajal family, whose history includes conquistadores, Crypto- Jews, Jewish martyrs, “converso” priests, and a tragic but poignant end during the Mexican Inquisition. These fascinating historical events remind us of a narrative of intolerance and survival replayed throughout human history.
Working With Our Dreams: The Nuts and Bolts Basics of Jungian Dreamwork WITH CE | 1.75 CE hours | $28 ($23 Jung Center members)
Working With Our Dreams: The Nuts and Bolts Basics of Jungian Dreamwork WITHOUT CE | 1.75 hours | $23 ($18 Jung Center members)
Anna Guerra, JD, MA, LPC
What sense do we make of those confounding nightly visions we call dreams? Do dreams offer any practical purpose? How do we work with them? Jung offered an approach to understanding and dialoguing with dreams, whose roots lie in the “unfathomably dark recess” of the unconscious. This lecture will focus on the basics of Jungian dreamwork, and provide practical tools for understanding and working with our own dreams.
The Secret Lives of Emotions: Shame WITH CE | 1.0 CE hours | $28 ($23 Jung Center members)
The Secret Lives of Emotions: Shame WITHOUT CE | 1 hour | $23 ($18 Jung Center members)
Anna Guerra, JD, MA, LPC
Shame is the profoundly painful experience of feeling defective and unworthy of acceptance. Etymologically related to “covering up,” shame can leave us feeling disgraced and exposed. Shame is a universal emotion and not reserved for the few “unfortunate.” Despite its universality, shame lurks in the shadows, as it is a “negative” emotion that few will admit. In fact, the experience of the feeling itself constellates shame, and thus falls into what Jung called “the shadow,” making it one of the most difficult feelings to understand and manage. In this program, we will explore the meaning and value of shame to our psychological functioning, the role of shame to an individual’s socialization and development of identity, and we will distinguish the normal human emotion of shame from “toxic shame” which is shame as an identity and belief that one is flawed and defective.
The Seven Deadly Sins… and a Few Misdemeanors WITH CE | 1.0 CE hour | $28 ($23 Jung Center members)
The Seven Deadly Sins… and a Few Misdemeanors WITHOUT CE | 1 hour | $23 ($18 Jung Center members)
James Hollis, PhD, Jungian analyst and J. Pittman McGehee, DD, Jungian analyst
Think you know something about sin? In this enhanced online version of a presentation recorded Sept. 7, 2005, J. Pittman McGehee and James Hollis take a thoughtful look at our tendency to stray from the straight and narrow. How do our “sins,” these universal human behaviors, show up in both the classical and contemporary worlds? How do they affect our most important relationships — for good and ill?
The Poet as Depth Psychologist WITH CE | 6.0 CE hours | $80 ($70 Jung Center members)
The Poet as Depth Psychologist WITHOUT CE | 6 hours | $75 ($65 Jung Center members)
James Hollis, PhD, Jungian analyst
This is an enhanced online version of a class taught at The Jung Center by James Hollis in the summer of 2013. However troubled their personal lives, some poets intuitively embody profound insight into the nature and dynamics of the human psyche in their work. They are vehicles for the embodiment of the invisible world, which they render more accessible by making it visible through metaphor and image. This four week course will focus upon four who open apertures into the universal motions of the human psyche. They are: Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Mary Oliver.
Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD | 1 hour | Free (no CE credit)
Why are experiences of meaning essential for psychological development? How does the absence of meaning maintain psychological suffering? This hour-long online presentation will introduce you to some of the key concepts, methods, and purposes of Jung’s psychological theory.
Jill Carroll, PhD | 1 hour | $10 ($9 Jung Center members)
What is the relationship between happiness and meaning? Is there a certain kind of meaning necessary for happiness? Do those who are happiest have a higher purpose – or meaning – in their lives? Listen to this CARL Talk lecture for this, and so much more!
Jerry Ruhl, PhD | 1 hour | $23 ($18 Jung Center members)
What does it mean to be human in a chaotic world? There are times, too many to count, in which we fall back into chaotic states: of anger, fear, confusion, ignorance, meaninglessness. In moments of chaotic breakdown, of individual or collective nature, our familiar and cherished positions become unraveled. Ancient myths about chaos uniquely transcend time and culture to speak to the universal human condition and the hopes, aspirations and fears that define our humanity. This lecture explores how these mythic patterns can help to guide us in our own heroic struggles and cultivate wisdom from impermanence and uncertainty.
Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD | 30 minutes | Free (no CE credit)
This presentation, recorded at the joint IAAP/IAJS conference at Yale University in July, 2015, explores why Jung continues to appeal to people from a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances – and some of the hazards we encounter if we are not mindful of the gaps between who Jung was and who we want him to be.
Ronald Schenk, PhD, Jungian analyst | 1 hour | $23 ($18 Jung Center members)
Jung’s work was born out of 19th Century scientific certainty, Romantic inclinations, and Christian sensibility, and it matured amidst 20th Century insights regarding the relativization of consciousness. Now a careful “re-visioning” of the core of his project reveals a strong underlying accord with paradoxical post-modern precepts of the predictability of uncertainty and the rational nature of chaos. This lecture will explore ways in which “Jung” can be understood as on the cutting edge of contemporary consciousness regarding our everyday lives both as individuals and as a culture.