An Exploration of the the Sacred from a Depth Psychological Perspective — A Study Group

Wednesdays 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29 10:30 AM to Noon (Central)
Location: Zoom

Registration price: Friends – $85; Others – $100

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




As mentioned in various periodical and opinion pieces in the news, individuals are leaving organized religion in droves and often describe themselves as SBNR , that is, Spiritual But Not Religious. What if there was another option? Corbett writes that a connection to the Divine is available individually. Life situations and experiences can form the basis of a personalized religion when they are understood by means of depth psychological methods.

This study group will discuss four of the chapters in Corbett’s The Religious Function of the Psyche with a follow-up session to allow for discussion of the concepts as a whole.

Required Book: Lionel Corbett, The Religious Function of the Psyche, Routledge, 1996

Learning objectives
By participating in this course, participants will:

  1. Discover the role of the depth psychological in Corbett’s thinking
  2. Discuss the concept of experience and affect upon spiritual concepts
  3. Affirm the role of the numinous in individual spiritual belief.
  4. Understand Corbett’s concept of the archetype’s role in developing the personality

Ann Janes, LCSW (ret.), worked in behavioral health for 25 years, delivering services in the McLean County community. She has experience in Crisis Intervention, Case Management with the severely and persistently mentally ill, and therapy with a diverse population. She was the behavioral health liaison to the Drug Court in McLean County in its initial phase. She retired in 2013.




Mary Ryan, MS, is a Jungian-oriented therapist with 39 years experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. She has been on faculty for three universities and the Academy of Addictions Treatment Professionals. She has a private practice in Springfield, Illinois, and facilitates a Prison Fathers group at Jacksonville Correctional Center.