Online Learning

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.

LIVE STREAMING INSTRUCTIONS

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 moleyar@junghouston.org or 713-524-8253, extension 23, with any questions.

CURRENT OFFERINGS

LIVESTREAM  The American Muse: Five Modern Poets

James Hollis, PhD | $135 ($125 Jung Center members)

Note: Dr. Hollis will teach this class live from Washington D.C. This class will only be available for viewing at The Jung Center. The technology will allow for discussion between Dr. Hollis and the students.
Read and discuss the work of five American poets: Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Maxine Kumin, and Stephen Dunn. What, if anything, marks them as American? How do these representative poems illumine what courses beneath the surface of our lives, and our culture?

LIVESTREAM  Consciousness and the Body

John Price, PhD, LPC | $135 ($125 Jung Center members)

When someone tells you, “I knew that!” to where do they point? To their head, right? What messages do we miss when we ignore the wisdom of everything below the neck? As walking mysteries, we not only have the capacity to logic, think and reason; we also experience imaginations, feelings, and intuitions. These irrational experiences usually do not originate in our heads: they are heart-break, or a gut feeling, or rattled nerves. Join John Price and explore the realm of “bodywork,” a catch-all term for the many, varied systems of thought that different cultures and therapeutic practices have developed to increase awareness of the mysterious realm that has been with us all along.

LIVESTREAM  An Introduction to Jung’s Theory of Complexes

Anna Guerra, JD, MA, LPC | $20 ($15 Jung Center members)

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. We will explore this basic and important concept through lecture, discussion, film, and through an intuitive appeal to our everyday understanding and experience.

A Re-Memembered Past: The Sephardic Presence In South Texas

Anna Guerra, JD, MA, LPC | $20 ($15 Jung Center members)

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

Anna Guerra, JD, MA, LPC | $20 ($15 Jung Center members)

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

Anna Guerra, JD, MA, LPC | 1.0 CE hour | $23 ($18 Jung Center members)

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

James Hollis, PhD, Jungian analyst and J. Pittman McGehee, DD, Jungian analyst | 1.0 CE hour | $28 ($23 Jung Center members)

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

James Hollis, PhD, Jungian analyst | 6.0 CE hours | $80 ($70 Jung Center members)

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.

C.G. Jung: A Brief Introduction

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD | 60 minutes | 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.

Happiness and the Pursuit of Meaning

Jill Carroll, PhD | 60 minutes | $10 ($5 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!

The Wisdom of Uncertainty

Jerry Ruhl, PhD | 60 minutes | 1.0 CE 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.

Spiritual but not Religious: Jung as Guru and Sage in Adult Continuing Education

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.

Voices of Jung: Myth, Newton, and Complexity

Ronald Schenk, PhD, Jungian analyst  | 60 minutes | $15 ($10 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.

Blind Spots: How Exploring Our Shadows Can Transform Our Lives

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD | 3 hours | $70 ($60 Jung Center members)

Discover how personal integrity depends on the necessary, transformative journey into what we most fear encountering in ourselves. Jung used the metaphor of shadow to capture our inevitable inability to see ourselves clearly and completely. We cannot stand upright in the light without some essential part of us falling into darkness. Often, what is hidden is what we do not want to admit about ourselves: our jealousy, anger, pettiness, aggressiveness, desire, acquisitiveness. But much that is necessary falls into shadow and needs to be claimed so we can live more whole, purposeful lives. We will use lecture, discussion, media, and personal exercises to examine Jung’s theory of shadow and how we can use it to explore and integrate our own darkness.