Jungian Studies

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Exploring Jungian Concepts

Certificate Program Director: Alan G. Vaughan, PhD., JD

C.G. Jung’s insights into the human condition, the operations of the psyche, and implications for cultural expression are as relevant in the early 21st century as they were in the early 20th. The Jungian Studies Certificate program focuses intensely on his collected works.

The goals of this Certificate are to introduce students to the primary materials, promote understanding of concepts and their practical applications, and deepen their insight into the processes of both the personal and the cultural psyche. Seminars will also explore key challenges to Jung’s ideas and will maintain a critical as well as a hermeneutic perspective on his theory. As with other influential intellectuals, Carl Jung, the person, remains a controversial figure. Analytic psychology continues to be changed and enriched through open dialog with critical voices.

The curriculum is designed to deepen the understanding of the psyche’s process for clinically-trained therapists, for those currently seeking clinical certification who wish a psychodynamic orientation, and for those who wish to facilitate their personal and professional understanding of analytic psychology.

Curriculum: The Jungian Studies Certificate is a 15-credit program open to enrolled as well as non-degree students. Standards for the academic quality of student work in Certificate programs are the same for matriculating and non-degree students. Satisfactory graduate-level work is required of all students for Certificate completion. There is also a 22-credit advanced Certificate in Jungian Studies, which entails an additional seven 1-credit seminars.

The Certificate program requires students to complete 14 weekend in-person seminars over a two-year period (or 21 weekend seminars over the course of three years for the advanced Certificate). These seminars are taken at The Jung Center in Houston, Texas. Each seminar is worth 1 semester credit. In addition, a 1-unit capstone paper is required. The capstone paper requires students to demonstrate the ability to pursue a topic focusing on Jungian and/or analytic subject matter. This paper should include a clear thesis to be addressed, or a comparative study (e.g., Freud versus Jung on a particular topic), or symbolic analysis of a text or cultural form. Additionally, students will demonstrate knowledge of other applicable literature on their subject as well as independent thinking and research.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this Certificate each student will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of key Jungian concepts
• Understand the analytic, psychodynamic Weltanschauung
• Be familiar with secondary literature germane to the primary texts
• Exhibit a capacity for independent research on psychological issues
• Utilize symbolic methods for interpretation of psychological and cultural phenomena.

Learning/Teaching Approach: The Jungian Studies Certificate program curriculum is based on the study of the classical Jung corpus. Each year, the seminars will focus on primary sources. During the two-year program, a few seminars will feature the work of post-Jungians such as Hillman, von Franz, Giegerich, Edinger, and others. Jung’s approach to symbolic and cultural dimensions of psyche as manifest in religious, mythological, literary, or political motifs will be central to discussions. Each seminar will examine critiques of Jung’s work and more recent developments in Jungian theory and praxis.

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