Jung Today: Clinical and Cultural Perspectives

Dear IAJS Colleagues, Christopher Hauke, Joy Schaverien and I are doing this event on JUNG TODAY on November 12th. It is intended to be up-to-the-moment and a bit edgy as well as reliable and informative. Anyway, we hope that IAJS people will come and expect that you might know people who would be interested and are therefore asking you also to circulate the information for us. Best wishes, Andrew Samuels .

Jung Today: Clinical and Cultural Perspectives


a carefully created day designed to appeal to those who are curious about Jungian psychology, as well as to those familiar with it


Christopher Hauke, Andrew Samuels, Joy Schaverien


London, 12 November 2016 (Saturday)

9:45AM – 5:00PM 

Ambassadors Bloomsbury, 12 Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0HX


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Interest in Jungian and post-Jungian approaches to psychotherapy, counselling and analysis continues to grow. Jung is understood by many to have been a pioneering figure whose work anticipated many of today’s most exciting trends in psychotherapy and counselling. These may be in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy, and also in several schools of psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.


Jung’s work and that of those who took up Jung’s original ideas – the post-Jungians – are also taught to a varying extent on courses in psychotherapy, counselling, psychoanalysis and the expressive arts therapies – as well as in departments of counselling and clinical psychology. Often, this leaves students and trainees hungry for more.


Jungian approaches to the therapy process address down-to earth questions of meaning and purpose, encompassing both personal and also transpersonal and spiritual dimensions of experience. The Jungian style of psychotherapy is relational with a special concern for embodied imagery, whether via dreams or creative expression.


During the morning session, three well-known Jungian analysts will share why they continue to find Jung to be an inspiring and reliable guide to therapy theory and practice. In the afternoon, they will introduce us to the latest contemporary applications of Jungian ideas in clinic and in culture.


Participants are encouraged to bring clinical vignettes and dilemmas.


By the end of the day:


(1) Participants with varying degrees of pre-existing knowledge will have learned about ideas and practices being employed in contemporary Jungian and post-Jungian analysis, psychotherapy and counselling.


(2) Participants will have understood the relationship of the Jungian body of work to other traditions within psychotherapy and counselling, and in connection with a range of contemporary thinkers.


(3) Participants will be able to evaluate the potential value of utilising Jung and post-Jungian ideas and practices in their own clinical work.


(4) Participants will be able to evaluate the potential value of utilising Jungian and post-Jungian ideas in connection with artistic, cultural and political phenomena.



About the speakers


Christopher Hauke is a Jungian analyst in private practice, a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London interested in the applications of depth psychology to a wide range of social and cultural phenomena. His books include Jung and the Postmodern: The Interpretation of Realities, (2000); Human Being Human. Culture and the  Soul (2005). He has co-edited Contemporary Jungian Analysis (1998); Jung and Film. Post-Jungian Takes on the Moving Image (2001) and a second collection of Jungian film writing, Jung and Film II – The Return. 


His short films and documentaries have been shown in London venues and congresses in Barcelona, Zurich and Montreal. Since 2012 Christopher has been the Jungian psychology consultant for Portal Entertainment overseeing script and story development, script assessment and narrative structuring for multi-platform, interactive and immersive productions. His latest book is Visible Mind. Movies, Modernity and the Unconscious (Routledge, 2013). www.christopherhauke.com


Andrew Samuels is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and Professor of Analytical Psychology at the University of Essex. His first book, Jung and the Post-Jungians (1985) continues to be an international best-seller. Andrew has made many connections between Jungian analysis, relational psychoanalysis, and humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. He was a Founder Board Member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and is on the Editorial Board of Self and Society. He was Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and co-founder (with Judy Ryde) of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.


His many books have been translated into 21 languages. The most recent are A New Therapy for Politics? and Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology (co-edited with Emilija Kiehl and Mark Saban). Andrew’s website is famous for the numerous spontaneous short videoed talks (‘Andrew’s Rants‘): www.andrewsamuels.com


Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, with a private practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy in Sheffield and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. She has taught widely in Britain and abroad and was the co-coordinator of the IAAP programme in Moscow 2003- 2005.


She is author of many articles and books including: The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice (1992) and The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy(2002), a single case study of the erotic transference and countertransference.  Her latest and already much acclaimed book Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child was published in June 2015. www.joyschaverien.com


Workshop Schedule


9:45AM: General introductions: Christopher Hauke, Andrew Samuels, Joy Schaverien


10:00AM: Session 1: Andrew Samuels: The state of Jungian analysis and psychotherapy today


In the first session, you will learn how to navigate the Jungian field, and to see how Jung’s ideas anticipate, resonate with and deepen contemporary approaches to psychotherapy and counselling. The strengths and weaknesses of Jungian approaches will be covered in relation to the overall approaches of the participants in the workshop. A ‘case’ will be shared and discussed. Attention will also be paid to what many perceive as serious problems with Jung’s writings: sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, and reactionary politics.


11:00AM: Session 2: Joy Schaverien: Art, Dreams and Active Imagination


Jung’s writings on imagery are inspiring.  Freud initiated the free association method and later Jung developed this into his own approach: active imagination.  Through a series of pictures, dreams or waking fantasies, the psyche may be set in motionand previously rigid patterns may begin to transform.  The aim will be to consider how:

  • Active imagination influences present day clinical practice
  • A series of pictures influences the transference and countertransference
  • The therapist’s own imagination plays a part in the therapeutic engagement

12:00 noon: Session 3: Christopher Hauke: Jung’s challenge to the over-rationality of modern life


Jung’s psychology was firmly embedded in his awareness of how modern values such as scientific rationality, utilitarian thinking, and faith in technological progress were ultimately very one-sided. This leads the mind to compensate for the human tendencies that have become neglected – such as imagination, wonder, non-dualistic awareness and becoming fully oneself. Following Nietzsche, Jung – through his own self-analysis, and work with psychotic and neurotic patients – created a psychological language for our times which brought together human concerns previously left to philosophy or religious thinkers. Jung’s critique of the way we use our minds these days has much in common not only with post-modern concerns of constructed ‘truths’, the dominance of language to create ‘reality’ – but also idealist (as opposed to materialist) views of consciousness, ‘reality’ and who we really are


12:50PM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop)


1:50PM: Session 4: Andrew Samuels: Social and political contributions of Jungian psychology


Andrew will discuss this with these main areas in mind: (a) gender and sexuality, including male and female psychology, homosexuality and trans issues; (b) economic questions of inequality of wealth and income; (c) collective aspects of political activity.


2:50PM: Session 5: Joy Schaverien: Art in Mediating Trauma: a case of Boarding school Syndrome


When the client has experienced significant trauma (psychological wounding,) art may mediate; showing what words cannot tell.  A series of pictures will reveal how they may enable a client to recall forgotten trauma.  Art may bring memories to the fore in a manageable form; it may be felt to embody the trauma and to hold it safely outside the client.  This admits the analyst to witness. The client may begin to give credence to their experience.


In British Society boarding school is usually considered to be a privilege and rarely recognised for the trauma it inflicts.  For some children the sudden loss of primary attachment figures may be catastrophic.  This may be followed by bullying and sexual abuse.  To adapt, a defensive and protective encapsulation of the self may be acquired, resulting in a pattern that may continue into adult life, distorting intimate relationships. This results in a form of one-sided development, described by Jung, with personal and social consequences.  These may be mediated as the rejected element becomes familiar.   It is anticipated that the implications for working with other forms of trauma will be addressed in discussion with participants.


3:50PM: Session 6: Christopher Hauke: “Much begins amusingly and leads into the dark”: Jung, the Shadow and popular cinema


Understanding films and the moving image from a Jungian perspective has grown exponentially since the first collection Jung and Film. Post-Jungian Takes on the Moving Image was published in 2001. Nowadays universities and psychotherapy trainings both accept the powerful influence movie and TV stories have on our culture and on the individuals who come into therapy. The imagery they bring is as personal to them as their own dreams and fantasies. This presentation combines elements from Jung’s own self-analysis as described in The Red Book, his struggle with all he seeks to reject in himself, and how such Shadow elements feature in popular films. It is argued that these are a necessary attempt for us to come to terms with elements we reject in ourselves and society, but which still remain nevertheless as inevitable aspects of human life.


4:40PM: Closing plenary discussion


5:00PM: Close




questions about the workshop? Call us at: + 44 20 7096 1722 or write to: helen.smith@nscience.co.uk