How the Individuation Process Can Be Compared to the Study of Alchemy (Online Study Group)

Facilitators:  Pamela Hieger, MA, LPC
Dates: Sundays September 25; October 9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 13, and 20, 2022
Time: 2 to 3:30 PM Central
Location: Virtual sessions will meet via Zoom
Maximum Participants: 10

*12 CEs are available for participation in this study group. CE-seeking participants must apply separately for CEs here.

$120.00

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Description

The book we will study in this group is Anatomy of the Psyche by Edward F. Edinger, which is basically a continuation of Jung’s study of alchemy and attempts to focus on certain areas of the individuation process that can be found in alchemical symbolism. The data used comes from art, religion, philosophy, literature, and dreams. All data is derived from the objective psyche or, in other words, from archetypal images of transformation. Edinger presents an ordering of objective facts about the psyche based on the work of Jung. 

The group will meet every week on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for 8 weeks. It will start on Sunday, September 25, 2022, and will skip the following Sunday, October 3, to give those registered to hear Don Kalsched and Tom Singer the opportunity to concentrate on those events during the weekend. The group will start again on October 9 and meet on the 7 consecutive Sundays that follow.

Participants will need to purchase a copy of Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy by Edward F. Edinger, ISBN 0812690095/978-0812690095. When purchasing texts, please remember that Amazon Smile benefits this Jung Society.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain understanding of Jung’s study of the alchemical process.
  2. Describe how the individuation process can be compared to various stages of the alchemical process.
  3. Gain understanding of how alchemical images provide an objective basis from which to approach dreams and other unconscious material.
  4. Gain understanding of how to distinguish between objective fact and personal bias when dealing with the psyche.
  5. Gain understanding of how an anatomy of the psyche can be as objective as an anatomy of the body.

 

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Pamela Hieger, MA, LPC, earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Webster University in 2016 and became a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri in 2017. After this, she worked for Preferred Family Healthcare for 4 years as a counselor to those who struggle with substance abuse. During this time, she became interested in trauma and became a trained EMDR therapist. She is now in private practice in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Pam considers herself a student of Jung and feels that Jungian psychology and psychotherapy fits in with her view of working in depth to resolve issues that plague us. She has been a member of the Jung Society of St. Louis for about 10 years. Pam gained an interest in alchemy through attendance at several Jung Society study groups. She became familiar with Anatomy of the Psyche by attending a workshop given by the Heartland Association of Jungian Analysts.