Albrecht Durer (1471-1528)
"One does not become enlightened by imaging figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious."
~ C.G. Jung
Moreover, one must have a deep felt sense that the desire to pursue analytical training is experienced as a calling. A firm understanding that such an undertaking will generally demand a time commitment anywhere from 5 to 7 years, or more, is expected. An inspired motivation and confidence that one could bear both the academic rigors of a post-graduate degree and the psychological labors of a deep personal training analysis simultaneously is essential. To these ends an individual must have already participated in a personal analysis of no less than a hundred hours before applying to a Jungian training institute.
Beyond these preliminary personal prerequisites, the comprehensive description of the Jungian Analyst Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston (see below) is a thorough and detailed account of the requirements, process and expectations.
C.G. Jung Institute of Boston
Jungian Analyst Training Program
The C. G. Jung Institute of Boston was established in 1976. Its aims are to advance the ideas of C. G. Jung and to train carefully selected people to become Analytical Psychologists, a term used by Jung to differentiate his followers from other psychoanalysts.
The Boston Institute is one of only a few psychoanalytic training programs that does not require previous clinical training. Instead, and in keeping with Jungian tradition, the C. G. Jung Institute of Boston includes talented people from as many diverse disciplines and academic backgrounds as possible. We believe that such diversity enriches the learning process of each individual candidate as well as the depth and quality of the training program itself.
A rich mixture of psychopathology, dream interpretation, mythology, ethics, anthropology, religion, theories of neurosis, psychopharmacology, the study of literature and the arts is woven into the foundation that informs the individual work of Jungian analysts. The analyst's knowledge in each of these areas, combined with personal experience and imagination, facilitates the analysand's efforts to find meaning in their symptoms and suffering. If the analyst's efforts are to succeed, a deep understanding of the symbolic language and imagery of the unconscious is essential, as is a thorough knowledge of analytic theory and methods.
The breadth and depth of the training we provide has special value in today's world of managed care with its emphasis on brief therapies. We find it important to serve those who seek immediate relief from symptoms and suffering, but we also consider it essential that our candidates learn to address the whole person and are able to help those in their care find ways to integrate all aspects of their personalities. We regard the integration of emotional, psychological, intellectual, creative, and spiritual components of the personality as vital.
The training program is governed by the Training Board whose members are elected from the membership of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts. The Training Board serves as the Institute's board of directors. They write and revise the regulations of the training program and are responsible for the curriculum as well as the administration and financial management of the Institute. The Training Board appoints other members of NESJA to serve on the various committees to help implement the training program.
Before admission to the Institute, an applicant must possess a Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in any discipline. Special emphasis is placed on the life-experience and personal qualities of the applicant in addition to his or her academic and professional achievements. Training at the C. G. Jung Institute-Boston is a post-graduate one and it is hoped that every candidate will enrich the program by bringing valuable insights and unique points of view into the mix.
Candidates enter the training program as 'Preliminary Candidates' for a period that may last up to two years. After this initial phase, they may be invited to become 'training candidates' and enter Stage I of training.
During Stage I of training, candidates are expected to gain a thorough understanding of the basic concepts and theories of Analytical Psychology. This includes theories of neurosis, psychopathology, psychiatry, and developmental psychology which are made more understandable through 'clinical practica' or actual work in clinics where they are exposed to patients suffering from the widest possible variety of clinical syndromes. An extensive study and exploration of 'hermeneutics' or the art of interpreting and understanding the significance of the symbolic material found in myth, dreams, and fairy tales is a major focus during Stage I.
Training Candidates are required to write three papers during this stage, which illustrate a deep understanding of theory and an ability to deal with complex psychological issues. Finally, cultural material drawn from anthropology, mythology, folk tales, and the history of religion is explored to ensure that the broadest context possible is provided as a backdrop for candidates to gain an understanding of issues such as personal development, and creative expression as well as those of trauma, pathology and all forms of psychological, emotional, and spiritual suffering. Once sufficient knowledge is demonstrated in Stage I examinations, 'training candidates' advance to the status of 'diploma candidates.'
During Stage II of training, more emphasis is placed on the integration of Jungian theoretical concepts with sound clinical practice. Candidates begin to conduct analysis under the guidance of experienced analysts. Theoretical knowledge becomes deeper as it is put into practice. Candidates discuss cases in Institute seminars called 'case colloquia' as well as during individual and/or group consultation. Diploma candidates are required to write an original diploma thesis, which reflects critically on one area of Jungian psychology. The thesis is a professional paper, which demonstrates the candidate's competence in the use of theoretical and symbolic material, as well as his or her ability to think psychologically.
After successfully defending the diploma thesis and proving their analytical ability during final examinations, candidates are qualified to receive the 'Diploma in Analytical Psychology.' They are then welcomed into the international community of Jungian Analysts.
Regulations for the Training Program
The principal aim of the program is to train gifted individuals to become qualified Analytical Psychologists. A Diploma in Analytical Psychology will be granted after all requirements and regulations have been met in the successful completion of the training program outlined below.
Graduates automatically become members of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts (NESJA) and the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). Graduates also become eligible to apply to other Jungian societies. Since each society maintains its own requirements, candidates must assume responsibility regarding any legal or licensing obligations in the place they choose to practice.
Upon acceptance into the training program individuals enter as 'Preliminary Candidates' for a period which may last up to two years. During this time each candidate will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee until they are invited to continue training in Stage I, or alternatively, asked to leave the program.
After Preliminary Candidacy is completed, training is broadly divided into two phases: Stage I where trainees are referred to as 'Training Candidates and Stage II where trainees are referred to as 'Diploma Candidates.'
Upon acceptance into Stage I, 'Training Candidates' will be assigned to a committee which will evaluate him/her throughout the rest of the program both as 'Training Candidates' in Stage I and as 'Diploma Candidates' in Stage II. Continuation or termination of the program will be at the discretion of these 'Evaluation Committees.' In all cases, however, the Training Board reserves the right to terminate the training of any candidate at any stage of training.
In accordance with standards set by the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), diplomas will be granted only to those candidates who have obtained an academic graduate degree. This requirement, while not always a prerequisite for admission to the program, must be fulfilled before final examinations in the Training Program are undertaken. The Training Board will grant the Diploma in Analytical Psychology upon the full satisfaction of all requirements and on the final determination of qualification.
Training Candidates are required to complete 600 hours of a 'clinical practicum' which must begin during the first year of Stage I. While work of a theoretical nature will continue throughout the program, the acquisition of a sound and thorough understanding of Jungian theory receives special emphasis during Stage I to enable candidates to work with their own analysands once they have been promoted to Stage II as Diploma Candidates. Candidates must acquire knowledge in the following:
a. Analytical Psychology
b. Theories of Depth Psychology
d. The Practice of Analysis
e. Theory of Dream Interpretation
f. Psychological Interpretation of Mythology and Fairy Tales
g. Comparative Religions
Candidates are required to attend all seminars. Since it is not expected that seminars will cover all the materials candidates are responsible for knowing, they are encouraged to undertake self-directed study based upon the suggested reading list and also to explore and utilize other educational institutions in the Greater Boston area.
Training Candidates must submit three original papers dealing with symbolic and theoretical materials. While a satisfactory personal analysis of no less than 350 hours is required for the diploma, at least 200 of these hours must be undertaken before the end of Stage I. It is expected that candidates will work with more than one analyst, preferably one male and one female, before the end of training. Stage I will last a minimum of two years.
Upon completion of the requirements outlined in the Guidelines for Stage I and Preliminary Status, and with the permission of the Evaluation Committees, candidates are admitted to a qualifying examination. This will cover the areas of required knowledge as well as self-development. Acceptable performance in the examination will entitle Training Candidates to apply for admission into Stage II.
Stage II requires a minimum of three years to complete. Therefore the entire Training Program will require a minimum of five years. The 350-hour requirement for personal analysis must be completed during Stage II.
During Stage II emphasis is placed on the integration of Jungian theory with sound clinical practice. Diploma Candidates begin working with their own analysands in consultation with experienced analysts who are members of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts. Candidates must complete at least 350 hours of analytic work with at least ten analysands. This must include three cases of at least 70 hours each. Supervisory consultation will consist of no less than 250 hours. Fifty of these hours may be satisfied during casework colloquia (also referred to as group supervision) provided by the Institute.
Candidates are required to attend casework colloquia at the Institute during which each Candidate is required to make oral presentations. Case Reports must also be written to describe each training analysis conducted during Stage II.
Before requesting admission to the Final Examination, Diploma Candidates must submit an original Diploma Thesis on an approved topic and defend that thesis in a separate examination. For the Final Examination, Diploma Candidates are responsible for acquiring a satisfactory level of skill in conducting analysis, and thorough understanding of the following:
a. Professional Ethics
b. Therapeutic Techniques
c. Analytic Skill in utilizing products of Fantasy and Imagination
d. Interpretation of Dreams
After successful performance on the Final Examination and with the approval of the Training Board, the Diploma in Analytical Psychology will be granted.
Information for Applicants
A limited number of applicants will be considered each year to become Candidates for the Diploma in Analytical Psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute of Boston. Applicants must have undergone at least 100 hours of personal analysis with a Jungian Analyst (i.e., a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology or IAAP) before applying.
Should you wish to apply, please contact the Administrator to request an admissions packet. Applications must be received before April 1st for fall admission and before October 1st for spring admission. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100.00. Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed the application materials, you will be notified by mail whether or not you have been granted interviews. There is a non-refundable interview fee of $500.00.
Please address all correspondence to:
The Admissions Committee
C.G. Jung Institute-Boston
21 Hartford Street
Newton, MA 02461
Phone: (617) 796-0108
Fax: (617) 796-0109
Tuition (twice per year) $2200.00
Stage I Examination $450.00
Thesis Examination $550.00
Stage II Examination $450.00
Fees for personal analysis and individual case consultation must be arranged individually with analysts who are members of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts (NESJA).
The Institute is not able to offer scholarships or financial aid; however, some funds are available for loans to Training and Diploma Candidates.
The C.G. Jung Institute – Boston is a post-graduate training program that is accredited by the American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Inc. The Institute does not discriminate with regard to sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, physical disability, or national origin in any aspect of its training program.
For more information about the Boston Institute and NESJA please visit our website at C.G. Jung Institute Boston. A comprehensive list of practicing members of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts, including contact information is also available as well as information about public programs, seminars, workshops and the Institute library.