American Racial Complex: Finding Remedy in the Poison (Friday Night Event)

Friday, June 23, 2023 | 7 – 9 PM (Central)
Location: Your Computer Screen
Registration price: Friends – $21.25; Others – $25; Full-time students – $2.5

Register by June 22 and an email will be sent to you by June 23 containing a Zoom link for participation.

*2 CEs are available for this workshop. CE-seeking participants must apply separately for CEs here.



Students: You must use a current university email address to complete your registration.


The issue of racism continues to haunt our American society. A Jungian perspective says that the remedy for what ails us is always in the poison. If racism is our collective poison, what might be the remedy for our healing? Our time together will center on discussions and sharing dreams and experiences that address racism in the personal life, cultural group, and collective. The work necessary for our collective healing begins on an individual level. Our engagement can perhaps promote this healing through our group sharing.

Note that this Friday night event will be followed by a Saturday workshop, which you can register for here.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three characteristics of the American Racial Cultural Complex
  2. Discuss personal dream imagery that indicates Shadow in connection with the Racial Complex
  3. List two historical foundation features of Jung’s work on the theory of psychological complexes

Suggested reading:

The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race by Fanny Brewster

Fanny Brewster, Ph.D., M.F.A., is a Jungian analyst and Professor of Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows, Archetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss, and The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race (Routledge). Her most recent book, currently in production, is Race and the Unconscious: A Depth Psychology Perspective on Africanist Dreaming (2023 Routledge). Dr. Brewster is an analyst member with the Philadelphia Association of Analytical Psychologists (PAJA).