Jung Association of Western Mass

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The Jung Association of Western Massachusetts (JAWM) was founded December 6, 1996. It is a volunteer-run association open to all persons interested in the life, work and ideas of Carl Gustav Jung and those who have come after him.

It has remained true to its original two part goal of offering to the public the theory, concepts and practical application of Analytical Psychology while providing the local area Jungian analysts a forum to present their ideas, their work, and themselves. The Jung Association of Western Mass can anticipate many more years of exciting and meaningful community service to the local Western Mass area in the advancement of Analytical Psychology.

Its purpose is educational and presents information about analytical psychology in accordance with the history and method originated by C.G. Jung through lectures, seminars, workshops, study groups, social events and the blog/e-journal.

All lectures will take place on the 1st Friday of the month (except for SEPTEMBER and JANUARY) in Seelye Hall Rm# 106 at Smith College at 7:00pm~9:00pm (Directions).

A voluntary contribution of $10.00 is requested and appreciated as voluntary contributions are our only source of support.

These presentations are made possible with the generous support of Smith College and its College Relations Office

2014-2015 Lecture Schedule

September 12, 2014
Psyche and Symbol: Joseph Campbell film lecture and discussion

The material of myth is the material of our life, the material of our body, and the material of our environment. A living, vital mythology deals with these.” — Joseph Campbell

Featuring Psyche and Symbol from Joseph Campbell’s series, Mythos - what he calls “the one great story of mankind.” Campbell speaks to our psychological need for and response to myth. He explains how a functioning mythology serves both the individual and the society. He discusses Jung, summarizes ideas about the Self, the relationship between man and woman, and how these universal themes are accessible through art.

Jungian Analysts Anita Greene, Thayer Greene, Erica Lorentz, and Richard Trousdell will lead a discussion with the audience following the film.

October 3, 2014
Paul Sanderson:The Archetype of Betrayal – The Dark and Bright Side of the Individuation Process

We will reflect on the prevalence of betrayal motifs in myth and fairy tales, and discuss the impact of experiences of having been betrayed, betraying loved ones (including oneself) as well as what it might mean to betray the Self. We will also explore both the bright and the dark sides of betrayal, especially the role that this experience plays in the dawning of consciousness and the individuation process.

Paul D. Sanderson, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) is in private practice in Foxborough, MA.  He is a training analyst with and on the Training Board of the C. G. Jung Institute of Boston, a Pastor of the First Community Church of Southborough, and teaches psychology at Assumption College in Worcester.

November 7, 2014 Talk and Saturday Workshop November 8 – 9am-1pm
Penelope Tarasuk: Dreaming Animals

“I dreamed of two birds, one in each of my palms, one may be dead and one’s heart is beating…”

This work grew out of my deep interest in the appearance of animals in dreams of analysands over 45 years. In major life transitions, especially birth, death, and loss, they arrive and are experienced as helpful. What is the meaning of various animals coming to us in dreams or while waking? Which animals bring wisdom, terror, humor, beauty, and joy?  What is their relationship to our body and instinctual life? 

November 8, 2014 Saturday workshop 9am – 1pm
We will deepen our exploration and have an opportunity to discuss animal dreams in depth. 

Penelope Tarasuk, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) was the C. G Jung Institute of Boston’s first student in 1979. In practice 45 years, she has enjoyed many roles: psychotherapist, analyst, teacher, group facilitator, supervisor, and Director of Curriculum at the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston. 

December 5, 2014
Thayer Greene: Double Trouble and Relational Healing

This lecture will explore the negative dynamics that emerge between partners in a committed relationship or can even arise with a close friend. Conflict, alienation, reactive emotion, and unconscious projection occur frequently between two people who may share a mutual bond and affection for each other. What can be done to resolve and dissolve such barriers to a deeper connection?

Thayer Greene, Ph.D.  Jungian Analyst (IAAP), trained in New York and Zurich, Switzerland. He practices in Amherst, MA and is presently a training analyst of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston. He has written a book and many articles in the field.

January 11, 2015 – Sunday 1:30-4:30 (NOTE DAY CHANGE – NOT FRIDAY)
Erica Lorentz: Dionysian Women’s (men included) Initiation Mysteries at Pompeii

Dionysus was the god of wine, emotion, ecstasy, eroticism, and madness. This important instinct has been lost or perverted by our workaholic, puritanical, progress oriented culture. How do we rediscover this wellspring of healthy instinctual energy? The beautiful 2000 year-old frescoes from Pompeii take us step by step on the initiate’s journey to a spiritual conjunction with Dionysus and his consort Ariadne, and back to ordinary reality to be integrated into our lives.

Erica Lorentz, M.Ed., L.P.C., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) has a private practice in Northampton, MA. She is a training analyst with the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston, and sits on its Training Board, and is the President of the Jung Association of Western Mass. Since the 1980s she has lectured and taught workshops in the US and Canada.

February 6, 2015
Anita Greene: Contempt/Shame

Of all the archetypal affects in us, shame is the most toxic and the most human of all the emotions. Lewis Stewart, who reassessed Jung’s thoughts about affects, believes that contempt and shame are two sides of the same bipolar emotional dynamic whether one is on the giving or receiving end. Both are the response to alienation and rejection.  Extreme contempt exudes a deprecating superiority. Extreme shame obliterates a sense of self-worth and authenticity.  Clinical examples will illustrate how this bipolar dynamic operates in all of us.

Anita Greene, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) and Rubenfeld Synergist is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston. She has a private practice in Amherst. 

March 6, 2015
Sarah Jackson: Regarding Images: What Visual Art Can Teach Us About Dreams

The premise of this lecture is that visual art can teach us how to work with, appreciate, and better understand our dreams, as well as all manner of images that arise and are presented to us by the psyche. Using contemporary and ancient visual art, we will explore ways to expand our ability to “stick with the image” (Pat Berry). We will also discuss symbol and image, and visually amplify Jung’s pivotal statement that “psyche is image”.

Sarah Jackson, M.F.A., M.A., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) is a visual artist who has exhibited widely. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and lives in Great Barrington, MA where she is in private practice.

April 10, 2015 (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Graham Auditorium in Hillyer Hall in the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College)
Karen Smyers: Sky Mother and Earth Father: Ancient Egyptian Notions of Gender

The ancient Egyptians lived in a world of consciously held oppositions that they attempted to keep in balance. In this lecture, we will explore how they constructed gender, examining sociological roles of women and men, as well as archetypal notions of masculine and feminine in the realm of the gods. Some of their conceptions are striking: the sky is feminine and active, and the earth is masculine and inert. We will consider how these notions might expand the Jungian notions of anima and animus and eros and logos for 21st century humans.

Karen A. Smyers, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) is a former Associate Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Wesleyan University and a graduate of ISAP-Zurich. She has a private practice in Northampton. 

May 1, 2015 Lecture and Saturday Workshop May 2, 2015
David Schoen: The War of the Gods in Addiction: The Psychodynamics of Addiction

Based on the correspondence between Bill W. and Carl Jung, this presentation will describe the development, true nature, and the role of archetypal shadow and evil in the addiction process. We will be presented with an overview of the psychodynamics of addiction, treatment, and recovery. Myth, fairytales, and clinical examples will illustrate the presentation.

May 2, 9am – 1pm Saturday workshop – Archetypal Evil of Addiction in Fairy Tale, Myth, and Religion

Location: Smith Campus’s Seelye Hall, Rm 105

Cost: a voluntary contribution of $30 or less depending on what you can afford

David Schoen, LCSW, MSSW, Jungian Analyst (IAAP) practices in New Orleans, LA. He was a chemical dependency counselor, is a training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and is a poet. He has published internationally and teaches and lectures nationally. 

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