Welcome to the Memphis Jungian Seminar Website. The Memphis Jungian Seminar has provided ongoing training in Jungian Analytical Psychology for over twenty years and was originally established by Dr. William Walker. As one of the affiliated training seminar sites for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, our ongoing educational program provides training for those wishing to become certified Jungian Analysts, as well as others - primarily those in the mental health fields - desiring further education in theoretical and clinical aspects of depth psychology.
Carl Jung was a noted Swiss psychiatrist, an early collaborator with Sigmund Freud, and the founder of Analytical Psychology. One of the most innovative thinkers of his time, Jung approached the unconscious through exploration of dreams as well as the study of art, mythology, religion, fairy tales, alchemy, philosophy, and physics. Many of today's mainstream psychological concepts originated with Jung. These include the terms extraversion, introversion, personality types (the basis for the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator), the collective unconscious, archetypes, shadow, anima, animus, persona, and complex. Jung's ideas remain vitally important to our current age as we face important transitions in the world and continue to seek out meaning in our lives.
Jung was deeply interested in the individual’s spiritual life and focused much of his attention on the symbolic, archetypal imagery of dreams as well as the spontaneous products of the imagination. Jung envisioned the unconscious as a source of human creativity. His method aimed toward the expansion of consciousness through purposeful cultivation of the relationship between the conscious and unconscious components of the individual personality. Jung termed this purposeful striving for balance between inner world and outer life the "process of individuation."
In 1948, an institute for training Jungian analysts was established in Zurich to support the teaching and development of Jung’s theories. Jung's extensive explorations are compiled in the 20 volume “Collected Works of C. G. Jung” along with a number of supplemental volumes. Jung died on the shores of Lake Zurich in Kusnacht, Switzerland on June 6, 1961 at age 85.
The Memphis Jungian Seminar, through its affiliation with the Inter-Regional Society - a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology - is part of the educational tradition which began 80 years ago in Zurich. Through our seminar we continue to present Jung's model of the psyche as well as exploring the interaction between the ideas of C.G. Jung and the theories of other depth psychologies, such as Object Relations, Self Psychology, Kleinian Analysis, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment Theory.