Marriage of Jungian Psychology Syllabus

Instructor: Kate T. Donohue, Ph.D., REAT
Total Hours: 24 hours

Course Overview:
This eight-session seminar will explore the interconnections between C. G. Jung’s Analytical Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy; each an image/symbol –based approach to psychotherapy. Expressive Arts Therapy integrates a multi-arts approach into a therapeutic framework to clarify and problem solve conscious material, as well as illuminate and undercover deeper layers of the unconscious. Analytic psychology, founded by C. G. Jung, emphasized the power of images and symbols in understanding the psyche. This Jungian approach to images delves into not only the personal, but also the interpersonal, cultural and archetypical meanings of images. Marrying expressive arts therapy that explores visual, somatic, acoustical, dramatic, and poetic imagery with concepts of Analytical Psychology creates a deep, penetrating understanding of importance of the arts and images in the therapeutic process.

Through didactic presentation, case studies, structured case consultation, and examples of arts-based experiential process, participants will learn to clinically use Jungian psychology and expressive arts therapy processes individually and in groups, families and couples and to understand the images and symbols through the conjunction of a Jungian/expressive arts therapy lens.

Purpose and Benefits of Course:
This course is designed for therapists who have a basic understanding of Analytic Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy and have had some personal experience with both approaches. Participants will deepen their clinical work through learning the relationship between these Analytic concepts, expressive arts processes and actual case material

General Learning Objectives:
Participants will deepen their understanding of these ideas and their application to clinical practice:

  • Jung’s complex theory
  • the interrelationship of parts of the psyche: persona, shadow, anima/animus, self and the Self
  • transcendent function as it manifests itself through images
  • application of active, direct image making through the arts and body
  • interpreting the meaning of these images through a Jungian lens
  • the interrelationship of personal, cultural and archetypical meaning of images
  • understanding how images can reveal complex theory as well as diagnostic implications
  • learning the bio-psychological aspects of images and their relationship to image making, and
  • learning to apply these concepts and processes in their clinical practice.

Timed Course Outline and Learning Objectives: Each session is three hours from 9AM-12 noon with no breaks. Readings from the required books and reader will be assigned each month. Participants will complete all the readings by the end of the course.

  • First Session: Overview of Jungian Theory and its relationship to Expressive Arts Therapy


  • Learn how Jungian psychology and expressive arts therapy compare and contrast to other clinical approaches to therapy
  • Learn the ways that Analytical psychology and expressive arts therapy are similar and different in clinical practice
  • Learn these ideas through a case presentation
  • Address questions about their own clinical practice in light of these ideas
  • Second Session: Introduction to Jungian complex theory and its relationship to images and application to client issues
  • Learn the history and developmental of complex theory
  • Learn through case presentation how complex theory addresses questions of psychopathology and deepens clinical practice
  • Questions will be addressed about complexes in their clinical practices.
  • Third Session: Exploration of the concepts of persona, shadow and complex in a developmental context and its application to client issues.
  • Learn the concepts of persona and shadow and its relationship to complex theory
  • Learn how the individuation process provides an approach to development.
  • Relate this to actual clinical material by case study and case presentation.
  • Fourth Session: Expressive Arts applications of Jungian concepts of complex, persona and shadow and its application to client issues.
  • Learn the application of these ideas through case study
  • Invite prepared case presentation revolving around these concepts and to help deepen the application of these ideas.
  • Fifth Session: Exploration of the developmental aspects of the process of individuation and its application to client issues.
  • Explore the relationship between image creation in expressive arts therapy and the Jungian individuation process.
  • Learn through case study the application of the individuation theory to clinical work
  • Invite case presentation on these themes from their own clinical practice.
  • Sixth session: Investigation of the cultural and archetypical aspects of client images
  • Learn the theory of images from a Jungian and expressive arts perspective
  • Learn the personal interpretation of images
  • Learn how to cultural and cross-culturally work with client images
  • Learn the theory of archetypical energies and its application to image based work.
  • Seventh session: Investigation of the deeper levels of the psyche in the anima/animus and the shadow and its application to client issues
  • Learn about the concepts of anima/animus
  • Learn through case study the application of these ideas
  • Learn through case presentation how to discover these aspects of the psyche
  • Learn how you might see the ideas revealed through images.
  • Eighth session: Exploration of Jungian and EXA trauma theory and its application to client issues
  • Learn Kalsched’s trauma theory and its application
  • Learn how to work with trauma through expressive arts theory in conjunction with Jungian psychology.

Learning Assessment:
Participants will learn to address these questions after participating in this course.

  • The image based Jungian expressive arts approach is not suited for Trauma work with clients. True or false (false)
  • Analytic Complex theory does not allow one to understand developmental issues in a client’s life. True or False (false)
  • The arts are very helpful in exploring cultural issues in therapy. True or False (true)
  • Attachment theory and current brain research supports the use of the arts in trauma and attachment issues. True or false (true)

Participant Evaluation of course:
Standard Form, which is on file

Course Readings:

  • Jung’s Map of the Soul by Murray Stein
  • Principles and Practices Of EXA   by Knill and Levine (Ellen and Stephen)
  • Instructor’s Selected Readings

Course Reader will have selections from these books.

Recommended Readings:

  • The Psychology of Transference by C.G. Jung
  • The Interactive Field in Analysis, (ed.) Murray Stein (especially the article by Verena Kast on the” Concept of Participation”
  • Transference and Countertransference, (Eds.) Nathan Schwartz-Salant and Murray Stein
  • Creative Transformations, by Penny Lewis
  • Authentic Movement: Essays by Mary Stark Whitehouse, Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow, (ed.) Patrizia Pallaro
  • Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology: the Moving Imagination, by Joan Chodorow
  • The Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy, (Eds.)  Ellen and Steve Levine
  • Minstrels of Soul: Intermodal Expressive Therapy, by Paolo Knill, Margo Fuchs and Helen Nienhaus Barba
  • The Inner World of Trauma by Donald Kalsched
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman
  • The Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy by Stephen and Ellen Levine (Eds.)
  • Crossing Boundaries: Explorations in Therapy and the Arts by Stephen Levine (ed.)
  • Dance and Other Expressive Arts Therapies by Fran J. Levy (ed.)
  • Creative Transformations by Penny Lewis

Additional References:

Chodorow, Joan. (1991).  Dance therapy and depth psychology: The moving
imagination.  New York: Routledge.

_________. (Ed.). (1997). Jung on active imagination. Princeton, N.J.:
Princeton   University Press.

Johnson, D. H. & I. J. Grand (Eds.), The Body in Psychotherapy.  North
Atlantic Books  and The California Institute of Integral Studies.

Knill, P.J., Barba, H.N. and Fuchs, M. N. (1995) Minstrels of Soul: Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Palmerston Press.

Levine, E. & S. (eds.), (1999) Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy.Philadelphia, PA. Jessica Kingsley.

Lewis, P.  (1993). Creative Transformation: The Healing Power of the Arts.Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron Press.

Lusebrink, V.B. (1990) Imagery and Visual Expression in Therapy. New York: Plenum Press.

McNiff, S. (1992). Art As Medicine.  Boston: Shambhala Press.

McNiff, S, (1987).  The Arts and Psychotherapy.  Springfield, Illinois: Charles, C. Thomas.

Pallaro, Patrizia. (Ed.), (1999). Authentic movement: Essays by Mary
Starks Whitehouse, Janet Adler, and Joan Chodorow.  London: Jessica Kingsley

Robbins. A. (1994). A Multi-Modal Approach to Creative Art Therapy. Bristol, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Robbins, A. (ed.) (1998). Therapeutic Presence: Bridging Expression and Form.  Philadelphia, PA. Jessica Kingsley Press.

Schwartz-Salant, Nathan & Murray Stein (Eds.),(1999). The body in analysis.
Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron Publications.

Schwartz-Salant, N. and Stein, S. (1995). Transference and Countertransference. Wilmette Press: Chiron Press.

Stein, M. (1995). Jungian Analysis.  London: Open Court (second edition).

Stein, M (ed.), The Interactive Field in Analysis. Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron Press.

Stein, M. (1998). Transformations: Emergence of the Self. College Station,  Texas: Texas A & M University Press.