OUR MISSIONThe Jung Society provides the general public and the professional community with the insights and tools of analytical psychology and related disciplines. Through programs, classes, visiting speakers, partners in like organizations, and electronic media, the Jung Society provides a platform for communal discussion regarding the personal and professional issues that confront us. The tools that these programs provide assist individuals, relationships, and societies in a dialogue that enhances understanding the unconscious dynamics that course through personal lives, cultural problems, and historic patterns.
American Catastrophe: “I Can’t Breathe!”
In recent weeks we all watched a handcuffed, middle-aged black man slowly die, asphyxiated by a white policeman because of a twenty-dollar bill; we watched a young black man die by shot gun, having been chased by three white men (one a former policeman) in trucks because he was running in the “wrong” neighborhood; and we read about the killing of a young black woman awakened in her home at night and shot eight times by police who had broken into the wrong apartment. Even more recently a black man, asleep in his car, was awakened and ultimately shot dead as he ran from white police. And then there are the reports of five black men, found separately, hanging — each dead in a tree — all of which were officially declared “suspected suicides.” We are shocked, sickened, disheartened, sad, distraught, and guilty.
As Jung wrote in After the Catastrophe, white people are “possessed” by feelings of superiority to people of color, and the crimes that we and our forebears have committed against our darker brothers and sisters are “legion.“
Our savage atrocities are uncountable. In the unilluminated regions of our own souls, our felt superiority secretly thrives, fed by hidden shadows. But then we see it, close up, on our screens, and we hear it. We are horrified and shamed. We suspect our own complicit guilt, our own evil, but how do we live with it?
Dare we claim it? And what if we dare not?
Our profound immorality causes profound suffering, the depth of which we can imagine only barely. Yet we cannot undo, cannot resurrect, cannot heal, or even compensate. We join our voices with those of protesters against what we have witnessed and finally confessed: Black lives matter; let them breathe!
~April Barrett, president
Jung Society of Washington
While we have learned so much from Jung's explorations of the human psyche, we are also aware that he, a Eurocentric man of his time, was not above racial stereotypes and cultural condescension. We will continue to confess and explore such contradictions in our Society's educational offerings.
~Board of Directors
Jung Society of Washington
JSRS (Jungian Studies Reading Seminar)
ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN FOR THE FALL 2020 - SPRING 2021 SEMINAR
Our Jungian Studies Reading Seminar is an(other) opportunity to study Jungian thought in depth, with a continuous cohort, over two years (or more). While some of the prior members of the Jung Studies Reading Seminar will be continuing with the program, the Jung Society opens up participation to new members for the next academic year program. Participation is open to anyone, regardless of background.
This year (fall 2020 - spring 2021), the seminar will be held over Zoom. The curriculum will focus on Jungian classics.
The seminar gathers monthly over the fall and spring to discuss assigned readings and material. Licensed Jungian Analysts lead the seminar discussions.
At the end of the two year cycle, a certificate of completion will be conferred (attendance is required for at least 6 out of 8 sessions per year).
Please review the syllabus below, with particular attention to the varying times the seminar will meet across the different months. Please note a few updates on the syllabus as of Aug 30th, including an October start.
$800 per semester, $1600 per year.
If you are interested in applying, we kindly request a (one-page) letter of interest, including why you are interested in Carl Jung, what is your previous experience with Jung, and a resume.
For any questions, or to submit your application, please reach out to Natalia, at email@example.com
Our programs are being offered online, via the Zoom platform, until further notice due to COVID-19.
Links will be sent out at least 24 hours before the program starts. If you have not received the Zoom link for a program you have paid for 24 hours before its start time, please reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org , thank you.
You can take a look at our mini quick guide about Zoom here - HOW TO USE ZOOM
Please note, by agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or video of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the Jung Society of Washington, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!
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