Certificate in the Foundations of Analytical Psychology

01oct10:24 am10dec(dec 10)10:24 amCertificate in the Foundations of Analytical Psychology11 x online seminars weekly on Tuesdays, 7pm to 8.30pm from 1 October to 10 December 2024

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Are you curious about a Jungian approach to psychotherapy? Are you interested in Jung’s ideas and would like to deepen your knowledge of the foundations of Analytical Psychology?

The AJA Certificate in the Foundations of Analytical Psychology is a great way to deepen your theoretical knowhow. During the course, you will encounter expert lecturers from various Jungian schools who will offer a variety of perspectives, giving you a nuanced view on the expansive Jungian World. Seminars include sessions on the distinctiveness of Jung’s view, an introduction to his Red Book, Archetypes, Dreams, Anima and Animus, working with unconscious processes, the importance of symbols and images and more.

Contributors include: Katerina Sarafidou BPF, Dale Mathers AJA, George Bright SAP, Diane Zervas Hirst IGAP, Susannah Wright SAP, Richard Jenkins AJA, Brenda Crowther AJA, Philippe Jacquet AJA, Carola Mathers AJA, Fiona Palmer Barnes AJA, Pan Lemos GAP, Orsolya Lukács University of Essex.

Whether you’re an established therapist or counsellor, thinking about training as a Jungian Analyst, or simply interested in the Jungian thought world and practice, then this course is for you.


Tuesday 1st October – Week 1

The Facts in the Recesses of Feeling: The emergence of analytical psychology as a distinct discipline of psychotherapy

Katerina Sarafidou

This talk aims to introduce the historical and philosophical foundations of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology as a way of providing a fuller contextual understanding of key concepts, texts and clinical practices, and the critical framework through which they emerged. It will trace Jung’s model as it departs from Freudian psychology from 1912 onwards and the wider implications in terms of its different aims and techniques.

Katerina Sarafidou is the Jungian Head of Research and former Jungian Director of the MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development run by Birkbeck College and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She is an honorary member of the British Jungian Analytic Association and is carrying out academic research at the Warburg Institute on Jungian theory and German aesthetics. She is one of the three founders of The Circle of Analytical Psychology, which offers a 2-year course of study on Jung’s Liber Novus.


Tuesday 8th October – Week 2

Complexes and Archetypes

Richard Jenkins

These two terms have entered everyday language but are inextricably linked with Analytical Psychology. What do they mean and are they still central to practice today? Noting the range of contemporary interpretations of this central terminology, this talk will trace the origins and originality of Jung’s usage of them, in order to shed light on the continued relevance of his radical insights for Jungian practice today.

Richard Jenkins is a Jungian Analyst, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and member of AJA. He is a co-founder in 2014 of Southbank Counselling and practices in London. He has degrees in Law, Theology and a Masters in contemporary Theology. Before training as an analyst, he spent more than 20 years in social policy and activism, working in central government and NGOs to support community organisations. 


Tuesday 15th October – Week 3

What was I made for? Experiences of soul as guide

Pan Lemos 

We will begin with a sounding among participants to collect associations around key terms (including ‘psyche’, ‘soul’, ‘anima’ and ‘animus’) that will help us to relate to some of Jung’s reflections on his experiences and the model that grew around them. We will then explore the lyrics of the popular song ‘What Was I Made For?’ by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell in the context of its arising, to discover what they might be expressing about the current relationship between personal consciousness and collective dynamics. Finally, we will consider how an awareness of the context and purpose of personal consciousness might affect the way we approach psychotherapy.

Pan Lemos is a practising analyst and psychotherapist, a clinical member, supervisor, and former chair of the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP). He is a full member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJAC) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). He has held seminars for the Association of Jungian Analysts’ Jungian Analytic Training for Qualified Psychotherapists (JATQP) and participates as a consultant on the C. G. Jung Club Executive Committee in London. He has a background in physics, philosophy and music. Alongside his clinical work, he continues to practice mathematics and the Chinese martial arts.


Tuesday 22nd October – Week 4

Working with unconscious dynamics – An introduction to the unconscious

Susannah Wright

Brainpower…. In 2008, John Bargh of Yale University estimated that 90% of our brainpower is unconscious.

We can discover the unconscious in bias and attitude; in efficient memory systems and procedural learning; in social and cultural aspects of our identity; in dream life and creative reverie; in subliminal perception and in early emotional influence.

The talk will introduce the unconscious as it has been investigated through experimental psychology and neuroscience in recent years, then we will turn to Jung’s formulation: complex, shadow, collective unconscious and archetype.

Aiming to link new research with Jung’s theoretical ‘take’, the talk might make you want to take that 90% of your brainpower more seriously.

Susanna Wright is a former co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology (JAP). She works in full time private practice as an analyst and supervisor both online and in person and is a Supervising and Training Analyst for the SAP and BJAA. She teaches, lectures and supervises in the UK and internationally, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology). She has an MA in the psychodynamics of organisations, has worked in organisational consultancy and was for some years an analyst of routers for IAAP in St Petersburg. She has published several articles in the JAP in 2020 won the Michael Fordham prize for a clinical paper. susanna.wright@btinternet.com


Tuesday 29th October – Week 5

Jung’s Red Book

George Bright

“The years of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this . . . . My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream . . . . Everything later was the mere outer classification, the scientific elaboration and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.”

Jung’s Red Book: Liber Novus is his contemporaneous record of the “numinous beginning” to which he refers in this statement made towards the end of his life. The aim of this presentation is to explain the genesis of Liber Novus, to give an idea of what it contains and to demonstrate how all Jung’s psychological work after 1916 can be derived from it.

George Bright is an analytical psychologist who has worked in private practice in West London for thirty years. He is Supervising and Training Analyst of The Society of Analytical Psychology. In 2016 he co-founded, with two colleagues, The Circle of Analytical Psychology to develop ways of studying C.G. Jung’s The Red Book/ Liber Novus in small, committed groups over a six-term period. He is also a guest lecturer in AJA’s “Jungian Analytic Training for Qualified Psychotherapists”.


Tuesday 5th November – Week 6


Dr Dale Mathers

Freud said dreams are the Royal Road to the Unconscious, Jung said they are the Key to the Inner World: they agreed on the value of exploring dreams as a way to understand ourselves. This evening, we’ll look at the similarities and differences in their approaches, at new ideas from neuroscience which connect dreams to empathy, and how we might work with our own dreams and the dreams of our clients.

Dr Dale Mathers is a retired Member of AJA, a former psychiatrist and ran the student counselling service at the LSE. He has led dream workshops and social dreaming events around the world. His next book ‘Dreams: the basics,’ will be published by Routledge in the summer of 2024.


Tuesday 12th November – Week 6

Dream Matrix

Carola Mathers & Fiona Palmer Barnes

This evening is not a talk or lecture, but an experience of Social Dreaming as developed by Paddy Daniels and Gordon Lawrence. An introduction to this method is attached for your information. The aim is to hold the Dream Matrix for an hour and the Reflective Dialogue for a further half hour.

N.B. Due to its nature, this event will not be recorded.  

Dr Carola Mathers is a certified Social Dreaming Host, having trained with Angela Eden. She has hosted Social Dreaming Matrices in UK and Europe, and virtual Matrices during the pandemic for the International Association of Analytical Psychology, and for the Association of Jungian Analysts. She is a former training analyst and supervisor with the Association of Jungian Analysts, having retired from clinical practice in 2022. She continues to work with social dreaming in person and online. She has a guest chapter entitled ‘Social and Cultural Dreaming’ in the forthcoming book ‘Dreams: the basics’ by Dale Mathers, pub. Routledge.

Fiona Palmer Barnes has recently retired as Jungian training analyst with the Association of Jungian Analysts London. She trained in Social Dreaming in the 1990s and has worked with groups in the UK, Poland and a number of European countries.

Her publications include “Complaints and Grievances in Psychotherapy” Routledge 1998, in 2000 and most recently a chapter in ‘Ethics in supervision’ in “Vision and Supervision” ed Mathers, Routledge 2008.  Fiona was involved between 1998 -2013 in the development of Analytical Psychology in Poland.


Tuesday 19th November – Week 8

Active imagination as clinical tool

Philippe Jacquet

In this seminar, we will explore what “active imagination” is and its importance in the development of analytical psychology. How to use it and when to use it are based on the views of a well-known Jungian who wrote on the subject and Philippe’s own experience. We will use art therapy to do an experiential exercise based on the concept of active imagination.

Philippe Jacquet is an addiction and eating disorder specialist who has worked internationally for the last 20 years. He is also fully trained as an art psychotherapist and business coach. He is a qualified Jungian analyst and is currently completing his doctorate in analytical psychology.


Tuesday 26th November – Week 9

Alchemy: The Way of Transformation

Brenda Crowther

This lecture begins with an alchemical dream, to show how this experience relates to the alchemy of everyday life.  Jung was the first psychologist of the 20th century to take alchemy seriously and to try to unearth the meaning of its supposedly arcane symbols.  This enormous research, supported by his co-worker Marie-Louise von Franz, was exceptional.  After this, alchemy moved into the mainstream of analytical psychology.  We will look at three or four stages of the alchemical process and see how it weaves into our lives.

Brenda Crowther is a Jungian analyst and depth psychologist whose personal myth is alchemy.  She trained in Zürich at the C G Jung and Von Franz Centre for Depth Psychology and at the Guild of Analytical Psychology in London.  A senior analyst, she is a member of AJA, IAAP, UKCP and a training analyst for the Jung Institute in Zürich. Brenda originally trained in Fine Art and Art History and taught at Brighton University for many years and was a practicing artist.  After an MA in French Philosophy, she began her Jungian training.  She lives in South West France, where she has a private practice, and gives presentations internationally.  Brenda has written many articles and was editor of Harvest Journal for about 8 years.


Tuesday 3rd December – Week 10

Working with Images: The Emergence of the Creative Spirit in Jung’s Red Book and Art, 1915-1920

Diane Finiello Zervas, Ph.D.

Jung’s visual journey of individuation begins in the Red Book. In this talk Diane Finiello Zervas will discuss Jung’s visual imagery in The Red Book and other artistic works as a creative process that builds from visual simplicity to symbolic complexity. By means of creative imagination and the transcendent function, these works created a new visual world in the service of individuation and the new god-image, providing Jung with a new aesthetic foundation for his subsequent written theories.
Diane will also present several works he made as pedagogical images for the 1919 and 1920 English seminars and conclude with Jung’s ‘Picture of the Irrational’, a complex symbol of the archetypal energies involved in the transcendent function and creation of the reconciling symbol.

N.B. – because of copyright restrictions this talk will not be available as a recording.

Diane Finiello Zervas is an art historian, and a senior member and supervisor at the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists, London with a special interest in the interface between creativity and psychology. She has published two books and numerous articles on Florentine medieval and renaissance art, served as a guest editor and author for Harvest, and edited Francesco Donfrancesco, Soul-Making: Interweaving Art and Analysis (Routledge 2009). Her interest in Jung’s Red Book and visual works led to ‘Intimations of the Self’: Jung’s Mandala Sketches, 1917’ for The Art of C.G. Jung (W.W. Norton & Company 2019). Together with George Bright and Katerina Sarafidou she is a co-founder of the Circle of Analytical Psychology, which offers a two-year reading seminar on Liber Novus and The Red Book. A contributor to Phanës. Journal for Jung History since 2019, her forthcoming book, Enchanting the Unconscious’: Jung, Great Britain and his English Seminars, 1919 and 1920’, will be published by Routledge Press.


Tuesday 10th December – Week 11

Navigating the Paradox: Humanity’s Complex Relationship with Artificial Intelligence

Dr Orsolya Lukács

In this seminar, we will explore the duality in humanity’s response to artificial intelligence (AI) through the concept of “the Other”, as a fundamental aspect of the human psyche. AI’s sudden growth has brought us in an era characterised by profound unease and potential disruption, revealing a paradoxical interplay of fear and excitement.

Uncovering the processes underlying these ambivalent emotions, I propose that we project the yet unintegrated part of ourselves onto the anthropomorphised AI; and the dynamics between us, humanity, and AI parallel the relationship between elements of our psyche. Given that AI, as we perceive it, replicates human intelligence, mirroring the human mind, it serves as an ideal canvas for projecting our inner processes onto it. While the Other often feels foreign and unfamiliar to us, evoking fear and even hostile attitudes, there’s also a profound longing for it, an intense attraction. We simultaneously distance ourselves from it while nurturing a deep yearning for it. This complex interplay shapes our relationship with AI, adding layers of fascination and unease, as we oscillate between drawing closer to and pushing away from the artificial entities we’ve created.

In considering the interplay between AI and the human psyche, this seminar invites a continuous exploration of the evolving landscape where technology and the human experience converge. We will emphasise the ongoing nature of the dialogue, encouraging a deeper examination of the intricate dynamics at play, making way for an ever-evolving understanding of AI’s place in the human journey. The key lies in developing a nuanced understanding of AI’s capabilities and limitations, mirroring the need to confront one’s own shadow. Self-awareness not only fosters a more just and harmonious use of AI but also unchains human creativity, setting the stage for a dynamic and transformational coexistence of AI and humanity.

Dr Orsolya Lukács is a Lecturer of Psychoanalytic Studies and the Director of Education for the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex where she gained her PhD.

Orsolya’s primary academic interests lie in the connections between analytical psychology and physics, the historical and scientific contexts surrounding Jungian theories, theories related to the perception of time, the influence of creativity and intuition in scientific breakthroughs, the role of talking therapies in driving societal change, and the intricate relationship between mind and body. She is also intrigued by research in artificial intelligence and theories of the mind, as well as investigations into virtual realities and the concept of the Self.

Her book, C. G. Jung and Albert Einstein: Analytical Psychology, Relativity and the Universe will be published later this year by Routledge.

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Tuesday October 1, 2024, 10:24 am 10:24am - Tuesday December 10, 2024, 10:24 am 10:24am(GMT+01:00)

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