Summer Intensive Program 2017: Meeting the Other Within and Without: A Jungian Encounter with Complexity and Diversity

Event Details

This event is running from 22 June 2017 until 22 June 2017. It is next occurring on June 22, 2017 9:00 am

Summer Intensive Program 2017
Meeting the Other Within and Without: A Jungian Encounter with Complexity and Diversity

At the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston: 21 Hartford StreetNewton, Massachusetts
Cost $425   19.5 NASW and MHC CEUs will be offered

“Our unwillingness to see our own faults and the projection of them on to others is the source of most quarrels, and the strongest guarantee that injustice, animosity, and persecution will not easily die out.” ~ C.G. Jung

In our hyper-connected global village, where almost anyone is accessible at the touch of a button, we are confronted with the reality of each other as never before. With the rapid acceleration of communication technologies, our experience of the world has expanded while the distance between us has shrunk. As a result, the encounter with complexity and diversity in our lives has become one of the great challenges of our time.

Whether it is in the realm of race, religion, or gender, we are confronted with the need to recognize and acknowledge the “Other.” Furthermore, for Jung, the inner world of the psyche was no less diverse and complex than the world around us. He believed that the quality of our relationship to our inner lives was crucial to the way in which we related to the outer world.

The objective of the 2017 Summer Intensive will be to deepen our understanding of what it means to encounter the Other, whether that other is our neighbor or an aspect of our own self. We will explore the relationship between that which seems strange and unknown in our own psyches and the unknown stranger in our midst. Finally, this seminar will consider the role that Jungian Psychology can play in the social and cultural challenges we face in the 21st century.


The Program:

Thursday, June 22nd


8:30 am – 9 am

Introduction & Orientation  —  Jason Smith


9 am – 12:30 pm 

The Weave of Life:  Identifying and Dis-identifying in a World of Others   —  John Haule

The “Other” is everywhere, assuming numberless forms and shaping us always, whether we know it or not.  Consciousness is never a solitary project.  It begins in the quasi-awareness of participation mystique, which Jung calls “the strongest force in the psyche.”  Our mother’s wordless holding and cooing gradually socializes us and lays the foundation for language and the “socialized” assumptions we make about every other we encounter.

Meeting others outside the family may horrify and send us into a panic as we encounter a foreignness that harbors intentions we cannot guess.  Our projections on such others bring the challenge of our shadow into awareness, and with it the first hint of our inner dissent and the opposition that can lead to individuation.

Meanwhile the great mass of “others” who make up our society would lull us back to sleep in a participation mystique of “mass-mindedness,” that we are incapable of resisting until we have built an internal psychic structure of greater confidence and flexibility.  Such is the fruit of our individuation journey.  In the end, it too, can be enhanced and spiritualized by still higher forms of participation mystique, challenging us in ever new ways.


12:30 – 2 PM  LUNCH

A list of restaurants will be provided.


2 pm – 5:30 pm

The Scapegoat Archetype: Shadow, Projection and Redemption  —   Michelle Seligson
Expanding the circle of consciousness about groups and social systems as sources of both containment and exclusion; How projection and projective identification represents disowned shadow contents and creates otherness. This presentation will include a case study of C.G. Jung’s own experience of scapegoating, and his journey to differentiation and individuation. If time allows, we will explore personal and historical experiences of scapegoating.

Sources will include Memories, Dreams, Reflections (C.G. Jung), Up from Scapegoating (Arthur Colman, M.D., IAAP), two journal articles, “Jung, Jungians, and Psychoanalysis” and Institutional Conflicts in Jungian Analysis” (Kenneth Eisold, Ph.D, Psychoanalytic Psychology 2002, and Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2001), and Experiences in Groups (Wilfred Bion, M.D.), a contemporary of C.G. Jung.

Friday, June 23rd

9 am – 12:30 pm

Playing with Fire: The Therapeutic Power of Alienation  —  Robert Childs
This talk will explore alienation as an experience of the other, at both personal and mythic levels. From the personal we will explore how feelings of alienation reflect a deeper sense of having outsider status within one’s personhood and how the journey of individuation is truly a journey homeward; that the longings that are held in the experience of alienation can propel patients to ultimately become grounded within themselves through developing a relationship to the Psyche. To capture what this process looks like we will look at the therapeutic journey of those that have been abandoned and adopted with the ultimate intention of gaining a window into the world of alienation.

From the mythic level we will explore how the story of Prometheus and his stealing of fire from the God, which led to his ultimate banishment, reflects mortal man’s alienation from God; that our finite nature reinforces a fundamental estrangement from God and the divine and how the journey of individuation is also about our attempts to close this gap through the reorientation of the ego-Self axis. From space ships to travel to other worlds, both inward and out, we will explore the mythic and personal value of the alien.


12:30 – 2 PM  LUNCH

A list of restaurants will be provided.


2 pm – 5:30 pm

The Psychology of the Transgender Community from a Jungian Perspective  — Rick Bouchard
This presentation will use the archetypal images of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, often referred to as the Fool’s Journey (from nigredo to individuation), to paint a landscape of the individuation process of the transgender individual. This presentation weaves in, as well, Joseph Campbell’s model of the “ Hero’s Journey,” and is apropos to the clinician working with the transgender person with its emphasis on the “otherness” encountered when working with this population.  Due to its creative presentation, this seminar will be accessible to the layperson, as well.

Some topics to be covered include:  analytic dynamics, coming out, community, rites of passage, parents and mentorship, sexual orientation, the Self, politics and justice, liminality, the struggle for equality, encountering the otherness of the transgender person in the analytic container, addiction, mental health/substance abuse disorders, the use of language, self-acceptance and individuation.


Saturday, June 24th

9 am – 12:30 pm

Perspectives on a Cultural Complex: Jungian values in our age of narcissism, splitting, projection and the Internet  —  Hope Murrow
Today we are dealing with the living shadow of our history of genocide, slavery and misogyny as well as the results of the interaction of the different styles of narcissism so prevalent in our culture. Advertising, fake news, the internet and other influences have facilitated an environment in which splitting, lies and projection thrive. We can see these trends as reflections of the structures of individual pathology and cultural limitations described by Jung in the Collected Works. How can we as Jungians address the dangers to our society posed by the unmediated action of these crude defenses? In this seminar we will review some of the foundations of Jungian Psychology which may help us to answer this question.


12:30 – 2 PM  LUNCH

A list of restaurants will be provided.



2 pm – 5:30 pm

Adaptation: A Dialogue with the Other, “Brief and In-Depth” Analytic Work   — Jill Fischer
Political, economic and social unrest, contradictions, change and uncertainty have always influenced the course of history. Today we are forced to ask ourselves, what happens in a world in turmoil with Brexit, in a world where rampant fear from terrorism pervades countries like France, Belgium, India, and a failed coup results in massive purges in Turkey? In the United States our President has vowed to build walls, profile Muslims, and block the entry of immigrants. We are bombarded by these events and stymied by technology advances, including social media, which have dramatically altered the way we communicate.

I ponder these global issues while maintaining a strong foothold in my analytic roots and their affinity with dreaming. Dreaming is part of an adaptive system and ‘Brief and In Depth’ analytic work is a method that embodies this psychoanalytic tradition while offering a wider application at a time when adaptation to constant change is essential.


5:30 pm

Closing Remarks  —  Jason Smith


Summer Intensive Faculty:


Rick Bouchard, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and Jungian analyst having received his analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute – Boston. He has been in private practice in Portland, Maine since 1999, working with children, adolescents, groups, couples and adults. Rick facilitates a variety of professional workshops, including those related to the Tarot, works with the images of the Tarot in his clinical work with patients, and offers practical-intuitive Tarot readings. He is a student of the Tarot.  He also has an ongoing dream group which integrates the Tarot with dream interpretation.


Dr. Bob Childs, PsyD., teaches courses in the Clinical Psychology program at William James College, specializing in the areas of Humanistic and Existential Psychology, Spirituality and Jungian Psychology, as well as Clinical Supervision. Dr. Childs has extensive Humanistic training, starting with his training in Phenomenology and Buddhism and including years of training in Existential Psychotherapy and Jungian psychology. Having worked out in private practice in the greater Boston area for many years, his clinical specialties include the Psychology of Adoption, working with artists in various mediums on creativity and the psychological process, as well as working with the Psychology of Twinship. He is on the Training Board of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston.


Jill Fischer, PsyA, APRN, BC is a Jungian Analyst and a board certified advanced nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with individuals and groups both in-person and on the Internet using an embodied imagination approach to working with dreams and memories. She has taught world-wide, is presently the Director of Clinical Services at the Santa Barbara and Malinalco Healing Sanctuaries, is president of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts, and co-wrote the section on Embodied Imagination in Barrett, Diedre and McNamara, Patrick, editors. Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams [2 volumes]: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber, Greenwood, 2012.


John Ryan Haule, Ph.D., has been on the faculty of the Boston Institute for 30 years, and is the author of a variety of books and articles. For an extensive overview of his interests and writings, check out his website at


Hope Murrow, M.S.W., is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Cambridge, MA. A graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston, she is a former member of the Training Board and current faculty member. Her areas of special interest in which she has taught locally and internationally include Depression, Addiction, Culture and Organizational Development.


Michelle Seligson, M.Ed., is a Jungian Analyst, a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston, and from 1979 to 2007 a Senior Research Scientist and project director at the Wellesley College Centers for Women. She is in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Jason Smith, MA., is a Jungian analyst based in the beautiful Cape Ann region of Boston’s North Shore. His areas of focus include dreamwork, depression, trauma, and spiritual development. With over 15 years of clinical experience, Jason has worked in many settings.  He has led career counseling groups and offered individual career counseling from a Jungian perspective; he has facilitated dream groups and taught classes and workshops on dream interpretation; he has run a support group for hospice workers; and he has provided mental health and substance abuse counseling to low income individuals in a community clinic setting. Jason has a private practice in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.


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