Social change is always also personal. The ways in which we reflect upon our inner life directly affect how we encounter and create community. The Jung Center prizes compassion and creativity, and we champion the socially transformative power of an examined life. We emphasize the real value of the expressive arts in facilitating physical and psychological healing - as well as in supporting the essential human need for community. We strive to erase the artificial split between mind and body. And we work to strengthen the capacity of human service providers to care for their own needs as they serve those most in need of support.
We are grateful to funders including H-E-B, The Huffington Family Foundation, the John M. O’Quinn Foundation, the Jones Day Foundation, and many others who make this work possible.
Program Serving the Human Service Workforce
Programs for Under-Resourced Children
The Andrea White Expressive Arts Project and the Timothy Hollis Expressive Arts Program foster confidence and self-esteem in underserved children through the expressive arts. These weekly art classes, which serves the children in after-school programs at The Nehemiah Center and S.H.A.P.E. Community Center in the Third Ward, are offered free of charge to participants and the institutions. Using the principles of art therapy, instructor Diana Sanchez engaged the students in fun and challenging art activities designed to teach the students to value their own creative perspectives and to trust their creative voices. Additionally, The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute provides essential training in stress management through yoga classes for children at S.H.A.P.E. Community Center.
Conferences on Mental Health and Religion for Clinicians and Clergy
Since 2008, The Jung Center has partnered with the University of St. Thomas to offer low-cost conferences that explore the complex relationship between religion and psychology and seek to educate clinicians (during our spring Religion, Mental Health, and the Search for Meaning conferences) and clergy (during our fall The Soul of Mental Health conferences) to use religious and psychological resources to serve their clients and congregants.
And since 2018, The Jung Center has co-sponsored training conferences on trauma, empathy, and resilience for Haitian students and paraprofessionals in Port-au-Prince. Our partners are the University of Notre Dame of Haiti and CESSA, the Center for Spirituality and Mental Health of Port-au-Prince. This conference is made possible through a grant from the Jones Day Foundation. Each year, attendance at these workshops has grown; attendance in 2019 exceeded 400, and during the COVID-affected 2020 conference, five Haitian television outlets simulcast the conference, reaching the entire country.