Analyst Training Program
The C.G. Jung Institute–Boston was established in 1977. Its aims are to advance the ideas of Carl Gustav Jung and to train carefully selected people to become Jungian analysts.
The Jung Institute–Boston is one of only a few post-graduate psychoanalytic training programs that do not require previous clinical training. Instead, and in keeping with Jungian tradition, the Institute includes both licensed clinicians and talented people with graduate degrees from other academic disciplines. We believe that such diversity enriches the learning process of each individual candidate, as well as the depth and quality of the training program.
Analytic training provides a deep understanding of the symbolic language and imagery of the unconscious, along with a thorough knowledge of analytic theory and methods. A rich mixture of courses in dream interpretation, mythology, anthropology, religion, the study of literature, and the arts, as well as psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and ethics, is woven into the foundation that informs the professional work of Jungian analysis.
The breadth and depth of the training program has special value in today’s world. We consider it essential that candidates learn to address the whole person and are able to help those in their care to not only relieve symptoms but also integrate all aspects of the personality. We regard the assimilation of the psychological, intellectual, creative, and spiritual components of the personality to be vital in the process of psychotherapeutic work.
The training program is overseen by the Institute’s board of directors, known as the Training Board. The Training Board writes and revises the regulations of the training program and is responsible for the curriculum, administration, and financial management of the Institute. The Training Board appoints other analyst members of the Institute to serve on various committees to help implement the Institute’s programs.
Components of Training
The training program is broadly divided into two phases, Stage I and Stage II. The entire training requires a minimum of five years to complete. During Stage I, a candidate will train for at least two years, with a focus on incorporating theoretical material and learning approaches to symbolic thinking and symbolic process. A minimum enrollment of three years is required in Stage II, where the focus shifts to clinical application and integration of theoretical material.
Personal analysis is a central component of the training process, and each candidate is expected to be in analysis throughout the course of training. A requirement of a minimum of 350 hours of analysis will be completed in order to qualify for graduation. The container of analysis is sacrosanct and not open to evaluation or intrusion from other areas of the candidate’s training.
Courses and seminars cover a wide range of topics relevant to the understanding of the psyche and the practice of analysis. An in-depth study of analytical psychology, including a comprehensive reading of Jung’s work, lays the foundation for the study of other schools of analytic thought, along with other relevant clinical approaches to psychotherapy and the ongoing evolution of contemporary Jungian thinking. A candidate may also need to obtain additional knowledge through self-study in order to prepare for the Stage I examinations.
A critical component in becoming an analyst is seeing patients or analysands under the supervision of a case consultant. Most candidates begin this process as they enter Stage II of their training, but those already licenses as mental health professionals may start this process in Stage I.
All candidates are assigned to a Training Committee consisting of three members who will follow their progress throughout training. A candidate meets with his or her three Training Committee members once each semester. The Training Committee members review a candidate’s experience of training and support the candidate in his or her analytic development. Training Committee members function as both guides and evaluators for the duration of the candidate’s training process.
There is a group process built into the coursework each semester, which is facilitated in the Tavistock method. This group process, along with participation in the formative training program, provides a level of extraverted development and relatedness that helps deepen the training process and add greater understanding of the unconscious as it lives in group life.
There are two examinations built into the training program. The first occurs when a candidate has fulfilled the requirements in Stage I and wants to begin Stage II. The second is a final examination when all other requirements have been met.
Before entering into the final exam, the candidate writes and defends a thesis that reflects critically on one chosen area of Jungian psychology and its practical application. The thesis is the candidate’s demonstration of competence in the use of theoretical and clinical material, as well as the ability to think psychologically.
Stage I candidates are referred to as Training Candidates. The major focus of Stage I consists of an extensive study of hermeneutics, or the art of interpreting and understanding the significance of the symbolic material found in myth, dreams, and fairy tales. Also during Stage I, cultural and archetypal material drawn from anthropology and the history of religion is explored. This is to ensure that the broadest possible content is provided as a backdrop for candidates to gain an understanding of such matters as personal development, creative expression, trauma, psychopathology, and all forms of psychological, emotional, and spiritual suffering.
- Stage I candidates are required to complete 600 hours of a clinical practicum in a mental health facility that includes a population suffering from diverse and severe disorders, under weekly supervision with a licensed mental health clinician.Candidates who are licensed mental health professionals may be given credit for previously completed practica.
- Candidates are required to attend all seminars. Since it is not expected that seminars will cover all necessary materials, candidates are responsible for self-directed study based on suggestions from their Training Committees, and are also encouraged to explore and utilize other educational institutions in the Greater Boston area.
- During Stage I, candidates must submit for approval two original papers dealing with symbolic and theoretical materials.
- While a satisfactory personal analysis of no less than 350 hours is required for graduation, at least 200 of these hours must be completed in Stage I. It is expected that candidates will work with more than one analyst, preferably one male and one female, before the end of training.
- Upon completion of Stage I requirements and with the approval of the Training Committee, a candidate is permitted to take Stage I exams, which include a two-day written and oral qualifying exam. The purpose of the exam is to explore how the candidate has personally integrated this material. The exam will cover the following areas of required knowledge:
Theories of Depth Psychology
Theory of Dreams
Practice of Analysis
Mythology, Legends, Folktales, and Fairy Tales
Anthropology and Archetypal Patterns in Culture
Stage II candidates are referred to as Diploma Candidates. During Stage II, emphasis is placed on the integration of Jungian theoretical concepts with sound clinical practice. Candidates discuss cases in Institute seminars, called case colloquia, as well as during individual or group consultation. In addition, during Stage II, Diploma Candidates are required to write an original diploma thesis. After successfully defending the diploma thesis and proving their analytical ability during final examinations, candidates are qualified to graduate and receive the Diploma in Analytical Psychology. They are then welcomed into the New England Society of Jungian Analysts (NESJA) and the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP). Here are the requirements for completion of Stage II:
- Diploma Candidates must complete 750 hours of one-on-one analytic work with at least ten analysands, including three cases of at least 70 hours.
- Five Case Reports will be written and accepted by a Diploma Candidate’s Training Committee in Stage II.
- Supervisory Case Consultation with a NESJA analyst will consist of no fewer than 250 hours. Fifty of these hours may be satisfied by attending case colloquia. If a candidate is a licensed clinician, 100 of these case consultation hours can be completed during Stage I.
- Diploma Candidates are expected to attend all case colloquia and advanced clinical seminars, during which time a candidate is required to make oral presentations on their cases.
- Prior to Stage II exams, a candidate will complete and defend a thesis. The thesis will demonstrate competence in the use of theoretical material as well an ability to think psychologically.
- Upon completion of the thesis project, a Diploma Candidate can ask his or her training committee for consent to sit for the final examination.
- The final examination assures that the Diploma Candidate has a thorough understanding in the following areas:
Dream Theory and Interpretation
Uses of Material from the Unconscious
Psychological Assessments and Diagnosis
Mental Health Laws and Professional Ethics
A limited number of applicants will be considered each year to become candidates for the Analyst Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute–Boston. Admissions requirements for the Analyst Training Program include the following:
- A Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in any discipline.
- Upon application, completion of at least 100 hours of analysis completed recently with a Jungian analyst who is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP). A letter from the analyst(s) documenting the hours of analysis must be submitted with the application.
- Two letters of reference from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s character and, if appropriate, suitability for training.
- An autobiographical essay. The autobiography should be an accounting of the meaningful internal and external events of one’s life. Capacity for self-reflection on the primary symbols, a significant dream or synchronicity of one’s life might be included in the autobiography. In addition, the applicant should address his or her ability to tolerate and grow from challenging internal dynamics.
The application process will place special emphasis on the life experience and personal qualities of the applicant, his or her academic and professional achievements, and the applicant’s demonstration of an aptitude for understanding basic Jungian theory.
When candidates are accepted into Stage I, they are assigned to a Training Committee, which will guide and evaluate them throughout the rest of the program. Continuation or termination of the program will be at the discretion of these Training Committees. In all cases, however, the Training Board reserves the right to terminate the training of any candidate at any stage of training.
Application Process and Deadline
- Should you wish to apply please contact our administrator Deborah Warfield to request an admissions packet.
- Applications must be received before May 1st for the fall admission and September 1st for the spring admission.
- There is a non-refundable application fee of $100.00. Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed the application materials, the applicant will be notified by mail whether or they have been granted admission interviews. There is a non-refundable interview fee of $500.00.
Please address all correspondence to:
C.G. Jung Institute–Boston
21 Hartford Street
Newton, MA 02461
Telephone: (617) 796-0108
Fax: (617) 796-0109
Application Fee $100
Interview Fee $500
Tuition (two payments per year) $2,400
Stage I Examination Fee $450
Thesis Examination Fee $600
Stage II Examination Fee $450
Fees for personal analysis and individual case consultation must be arranged individually with analysts who are members of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts (NESJA).
The Institute is not able to offer scholarships or financial aid; however, some funds are available for loans to Training and Diploma Candidates.