The C.G.. Jung Foundation presents:
Jungian Dream Interpretation - Online
A live, online, audio class with active international student discussion
Spring, 2017: Five consecutive Tuesdays: begins February 28th
(On February 28th, the class will open at 7.30 so that,
Contact hours: 7.5 CE contact hours for New York State licensed social workers and psychoanalysts.
For further instructions, see the Instructor's website
Instructor: Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP
Note that you must have a broadband connection, e.g. DSL or cable.
We don't know where dreams come from but, from experience, we know their purpose. They show us the next possible step in our developing consciousness. They warn us if we are going astray, encourage us if we need it, and offer penetrating insights into our confusion. To interpret dreams we need to integrate different ways of knowing: we have to be disciplined and logical but also emotional and feeling; we have to use creative intuition and we have to use our body and its sensations. Each interpretation is like a miniature individuation journey: we have to enter the dream world ("not knowing," and tolerating the anxiety of that), immerse ourselves in the images and their associations, before we use ego skills to make sense of the dream. Then we have to return to our day-time life and try to integrate new-found insights there.
This class is fun. Expect to participate actively. We combine our insights and feel success when the class as a whole recognizes an answer and feels a deepening of consciousness.
Each evening is like a detective story. We interpret knowing only the dreamer's age and gender. When finished, we compare our interpretation with other information about the dreamer. This checks the validity of the technique.
This class is equally suitable for newcomers to dream analysis and people who have been in analysis or taken other classes. We will not work with class members' dreams. Please bring a dream, with permission, from a family member or a friend.
On completion of this class, you will be able to:
1. Distinguish between associations, explanations, and amplifications to a dream image.
2. Distinguish between Freud's and Jung's use of associations to dream images.
3. Identify which part of a dream gives the current psychological situation.
4. Recognize the dream's setting and its importance.
5. Practice using both logic and imagination in dream analysis.
6. Identify some physiological reactions of the dreamer which demonstrate a useful interpretation.
7. Describe the relationship between a dream and the dreamer's psychological progress.
8. Recognize when a dream may (or may not) be helpful in clinical work.
9. Recognize what Jung meant by a "true symbol"
Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP, is a senior Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. Former President of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, he has taught popular dream and fairytale interpretation courses — with active classroom participation — for the past 25 years. You can hear how he teaches by listening to this audio-recording of a discussion in one of his classes.
How the Audio Class Works:
Participants log on to their computers, where they listen to the presentation and can interact via their web connection or by telephone. This is a live online-only class. There will be no recordings available.
After registering for the class, you will receive an email with complete instructions, and a link to access the class. Readings are listed on instructor's website (see below).
Find complete step-by-step instructions on the Instructor's website:
Tuition and Registration:
Each course is $175 for the general public and $150 for members of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York.
The full fee must be paid at time of registration. You may pay online (above using Paypal or your credit card) or by mail, by telephone or fax with your MasterCard or Visa, or in person Monday to Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Important Notes: When you pay you must also send your current email address and telephone number to the Foundation. The Foundation will send you an email message and you must reply to confirm receipt. Class size is limited. Early registration is strongly recommended. Refunds for continuing education courses, less $15 for administrative services, will be made up to seven days before the first session. There will be no refunds issued after classes have begun. No exceptions will be made. Programs are subject to change without notice.
Technical Information / Equipment:
For complete step-by-step instructions see the Instructor's website:
CE creditThe C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Inc., SW CPE, is recognized by New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0350.
C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0015.
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