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

FALL 2018

LIVESTREAM  Discovering Dante – The Search for Freedom:  Scaling the Mountain of Purgatory

Louis Markos | $20 ($15 Jung Center members)

Though most readers are well-acquainted with Inferno, Dante’s journey through hell represents but a mere third of his sacred pilgrimage. Join Dante as he journeys up the steep mountain of Purgatory, seeking to rid himself of all remaining traces of the seven deadly sins (pride, envy, wrath, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust) and to attain the dual prize that awaits him at the top of the mountain: his beloved Beatrice and the Garden of Eden. Along the way, we will see how seamlessly Dante fuses the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian heritages of the western world.

LIVESTREAM  Discovering Dante – Journey Into the Light: Seeking the Face of God

Louis Markos | $20 ($15 Jung Center members)

In this lecture, we will accompany Dante on his journey through the nine levels of paradise (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Fixed Stars, and the Primum Mobile), culminating with his vision of God. Along the way, we will consider such topics as Dante’s vision of the proper goal of mankind, the hierarchy and perfection of heaven, the influence of the various spheres, the increasing radiance and glory of the saints, and the love that moves the sun and the other stars.

LIVESTREAM  The Poetic Basis of Mind:  An Introduction to Archetypal Psychology

Tom Cheetham, PhD | $135 ($125 Jung Center members)

Archetypal psychology is closely associated with the work of James Hillman. Departing from foundations in Freudian and Jungian thought, it moves in a different air: more Mediterranean, polytheistic, and exhibiting conscious parallels with Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies in its dissolution of literalisms and essentialisms. It provides a psychology of soul where anima is located primarily in the world and secondarily in the human person. It is more than a psychology and functions as a form of life for which metaphor and imagination are primary constituents of the world and the poetic basis of mind and nature is fundamental.

LIVESTREAM  Psyche & the Sacred:  Spirituality Beyond Organized Religion

Lionel Corbett, M.D. | 1.5 CE hours | $25 ($20 Jung Center members)

Spiritual structures require periodic renewal. When our spirituality cannot be contained within traditional institutions, there is an urgent need for new ways to articulate our experience of the sacred. From within the depth of the psyche, a new image of the divine is emerging alongside and within traditional JudeoChristian images. Depth psychology gives us a language for this emergence, allowing us to articulate our experience of the sacred to be articulated without the need for recourse to traditional theology, doctrine, or dogma. In this lecture we will consider an approach to spirituality based on personal experience of the sacred.

LIVESTREAM  What Stories are Living You?  Archetypal Awareness, Growth, and Fulfillment

Carol Pearson, PhD | 7.5 CE hours | $185 ($175 Jung Center members)

Note: Carol Pearson will teach this class remotely. The technology will allow for discussion between Dr. Pearson and her students. Participants must register by November 8 in order to complete the assessment, which will be emailed to them upon registration.

Discover how the flow of archetypes through a life influences the stories we live, which in turn determine what we notice and assume we should do. The narratives we live can energize and focus us and, over time, help us develop skills and abilities that make for success in our work and private lives, but they can also leave us feeling like we are on autopilot. Other archetypes may be active in the unconscious, emerging in constructive ways, or tripping us up in their shadow forms. Participants will take the newly revised Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator® and receive a report that will be utilized in the workshop to facilitate personal reflection, informed by instructor input and group discussion.

LIVESTREAM  Music Therapy  and the Avant-Garde

Chris Becker and Enrico Curreri | 1.5 CE hours | $20 ($15 Jung Center members)

Is there a place for avant-garde music in the field of music therapy? Can the unpredictable rhythms, atonal melodies, and seemingly chaotic music of maverick composers like John Cage and Pauline Oliveros help patients safely explore their emotions and develop their cognitive and interpersonal skills? In this lecture, Houston writer and composer Chris Becker will speak with music therapist Enrico Curreri about the use of “nonordinary” music in the treatment of children and adolescent patients. Becker will play examples of avant-garde music and guide students in a participatory group performance of a composition created by Curreri specifically for his young patients. Instruments will be provided. No clinical or musical experience required.

LIVESTREAM  Shapes of Changing Times

Lois Stark | $20 ($15 Jung Center members)

How do humans make sense of the world? Journey through time — from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids of Egypt to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China — with documentary filmmaker Lois Stark as she unveils a hidden key to our worldview: shape. We’ll learn how migratory humans understood the world as a circular web, interconnected with nature. When civilization entered, humans built pyramids and skyscrapers that fit a ladder worldview, full of hierarchy and measurements. Today, the network masters our daily lives through the Internet’s ever-evolving links and hubs. What’s next? By watching when shapes shift, we’ll read the past and glimpse the future.

LIVESTREAM  On Your Sleeve?  A Conversation on How to Live Faith

Pittman McGehee, Phd and Barkley Thompson | 2.0 CE hours | $35 ($30 Jung Center members)

Join J. Pittman McGehee and Barkley Thompson for a conversation about the role of faith in our lives. McGehee and Thompson are the former and current dean, respectively, of Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest house of faith in Houston and one that continues to be an influential voice in our city. They contend that faith cannot be compartmentalized but is rather the wellspring of mystery, wonder, and commitment in our lives. Informing the discussion will be McGehee’s book The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are, which articulates a psycho-spiritual worldview, and Thompson’s latest book, In the Midst of the City: Gospel and God’s Politics, which makes the case that faith is always political but never partisan, insisting that people of faith must immerse themselves in God’s alternate vision for the world before forming social and political convictions.

ONGOING CLASSES

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 | 1.75 CE hours |$28 ($23 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 hours | $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.