Classes & Seminars for Personal Growth

The Institute is committed to providing courses in Jungian thought for educators, spiritual directors and interested individuals that engage an in-depth examination of psychological concerns, both personal and collective, facing our contemporary world. We have several types of programs focused facilitating personal growth:

Public Programs

The Public Program Series presents lectures in which a Jungian analyst or scholar makes use of insights from Analytical Psychology to address an identified psychological problem facing our contemporary world. Lectures often include film clips and mythic amplifications to deepen the experience of participants.

The Founders' Day Symposium is an annual day-long event dedicated to the founders of the Jung Institute of Chicago to celebrate their vision of providing both professional and public education in Analytical Psychology. The Founders' Day Symposium features a prominent analyst or scholar in Analytical Psychology as a key-note speaker to address a particular psychological issue relevant to contemporary life. The day-long event includes presentations by two other speakers as well as the participation of audience members in experiential groups, meditation, or panel discussions. It is held in March and registration opens in January.

Our Summer Intensive is an annual series of seminars that make use of both didactic and experiential means to engage various topics in Analytical Psychology. Topics have included “Symbol Formation and Individuation", "Imaging Our Dreams: A Jungian Approach to Dream Interpretation", and "Healing Trauma Through Myth, Story and Image". Participants make use of various media such as journal writing, image making, sandtray, 3-D construction, movement, and story telling to embody their learning experience. 

Jungian Studies Program

The Jungian Studies Program (JSP)  is a two-year, one-weekend-a-month program that offers professionals in non-clinical fields an opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge of Analytical Psychology to enrich and deepen their professional work. Participants will learn what it means to think and conceptualize symbolically from a Jungian perspective. Coursework in the program will included many fundamental aspects of Jungian theory and practice such as dream interpretation, active imagination, shadow, anima/animus, complexes, the collective unconscious, the Self, individuation, mythology and fairy tales, and synchronicity.