For seven decades, the Jung Society of Washington (Jung Society) has served the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with educational programming and publications that engage a diverse community with topics related to Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961). Dr. Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in analytical psychology and in fields connected to personal growth. Today, the Jung Society continues its devotion to providing the highest quality educational content to cultivate and nourish the quest for personality integration, which Jung describes as individuation, a process of psychological differentiation.
timeline of events
The early history of the Jung Society centers on Dr. Elined Prys Kotschnig (1895-1983), the first Jungian analyst in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kotschnig draws interested community members together to discuss topics at the intersection of psychology and religion. Kotschnig develops ties with the Quaker community and helps to found the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology. She expresses her interests in psychology and religion by publishing a subscription series, “Inward Light,” and she organizes gatherings of like minds, which kindle the intellectual spark of what becomes the Jung Society of Washington in 2007. Kotsching’s access to a global network of thought leaders in psychology and religion bolsters the quality of the conversations and attracts people with an affinity for the work of Carl Gustav Jung’s analytical psychology.
Throughout the 1960s, Elined Kotschnig works with Rev. Robert Marston, senior pastor, Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring, MD, and others with interests in common, to organize gatherings that both appeal to local communities and attract internationally known speakers. Marguerite Fogel, psychologist and director of Washington’s Human Sexuality Institute, stimulates interest in finding a home for library resources on Analytical Psychology. Fogel establishes the C. G. Jung Library and Information Center, “The Philanthropon House,” in her residence in Washington, D.C. Additional supporters contribute to the group’s momentum, including psychology professionals: Fred Risser, Robert Pierce, Louise de Leeuw, Christine Lynn, and Jacob Goering. In 1967 Marston helps Kotschnig start a local chapter of C.G. Jung Working Group to disseminate Jung’s ideas on psychology and psychiatry.
From the C.G. Jung Working Group, a Steering Committee emerges. The Steering Committee plans and executes the Group’s activities and draws new vitality from increased participation by its members, both practicing psychology professionals and interested members, including: Christine Lynn, Patricia-Dunn Fierstein, Carl Fierstein, Tom Peterson, Cindy Peterson, Ann Bohnet, Richard Bohnet, Oscar Reed, Lucy Eddinger, Judith Duerk, Katherine Dickson, Roger Lyons, Mary Lyons, Virginia Hoover, Bill Stockton, Nancy Kosinki, Jerome Bernstein, Anushka Lewandoska, and David Williams. The Rev. Marston assumes the responsibility of program planning and continues to offer his church as a venue for Jung-related study groups and programs.
As the decade begins, Rev. Marston continues to play a
leadership role upholding the early commitment to programming true to the
Jungian point of view. The Jung Working Group incorporates on January 1, 1984. The Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C., becomes
a venue for events. The group welcomes author and poet Robert Bly as a
speaker. The C.G. Jung Working Group names its first president, David Williams.
Elined Kotschnig dies and the Group accepts the bequest of her personal library
of 1500 items of Jungian-related materials and complete collection of “Inward
Light.” Additional books arrive from Elizabeth Brodel of Friends House and the
collection of Florence Walker.
1990s attract additional psychology professionals and Jungian analysts to the
roster of lecturers and leaders, including Julie Bondanza, Michael Conforti,
Melanie Starr Costello, Bonnie Damron, Roger Lyons, Janice Quinn; and psychiatrist
Erminia Scarcella, M.D. In 1991, in addition
to producing a season of programs, the WSJP publishes its inaugural volume of
“Members’ Book Review” edited by Richard P. Sugg, and it offers the publication
as a benefit of membership. Members, who come from a variety of professions,
including psychology, medicine, religion, arts and humanities, and business,
contribute reviews of Jungian-related books of their choice.
With its new centralized location, the WSJP provides programs throughout the week. Psychologist and author Gregg Furth provides the first Jung Memorial Lecture of the decade: “The Use of the Symbol as a Healing Agent.” Leadership responds to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, by providing relevance in its program offerings. In Fall 2001, physician and Jungian analyst Irene Gad presents, “Betrayal/Self-Betrayal, and in Fall 2002, she contributes a program, “Black: Symbol of Evil and Good.” For Spring 2002, the WSJP invites noted Jungian author and analyst James Hollis to present: “Relationships: The Psychodynamics of Self and Others” and Professor Nathan Schwartz-Salant to deliver his work, ”The American Psyche After September 11.” Click to read more...
On June 18, 2010, the Jung Society teams with the Embassy of Switzerland to offer a lecture by Sonu Shamdasani, editor of the recently released publication, The Red Book, by C.G. Jung. The following day, the Library of Congress, the Jung Society and nine additional sponsors host "Carl Gustav Jung and The Red Book," an all-day symposium, featuring presentations by prominent Jungian scholars: among them, Sonu Shamdasani, James Hillman, and Ann Ulanov. The symposium attracts more than 500 attendees. Click to read more...
current executive leadership
Executive Director James Hollis, PhD, is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst. He has been co-founder of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and its first Director of Training, a Vice President emeritus of the Philemon Foundation dedicated to publishing the unpublished works of Jung, the founder and first Director of Jungian Studies for Saybrook University, and Director emeritus of the Houston, Texas Jung Educational Center. He has published fifteen books and over fifty articles. Hollis has mentored Jung societies on four continents for nearly forty years.
Director April Barrett is
committed to the dissemination of Jung's thought through her participation and
training with the Creative Initiative Foundation, the Guild for Psychological
Studies, and the Jung Society of Washington.
April has served in numerous capacities during her tenure with the Jung
Society, including Executive Director, Vice President for Programming and
Curriculum, Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor. Barrett currently serves as Board
Board President Erminia Scarcella, M.D., DLFAPA, is a specialist in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the U.S., and neuropsychiatry in Italy. She is the Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University and is the Designated Physician of the Embassy of Italy, Chair of the International Medical Graduated and Founder of Embassy Disaster Preparedness of the Washington Psychiatry Society. She is in private practice for many years after working as an attending physician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
today and as we move forward
Each year, Jung Society of Washington is proud to offer:
We envision Jung Society of Washington as a full service center with building, modest to moderate endowment, support of training process, several outreach programs, paid full time staff, libraries, spaces for expressive art classes and art exhibits, well-established community and online presence.