The Psychotherapist, however, must understand not only the patient;
it is equally important that he should understand himself.
For that reason the sin qua non (without which [there is] nothing),
is the analysis of the analyst,
which is called the 'training analysis' *.
The patient's treatment begins with the doctor, so to speak.
Only if the doctor knows how to cope with himself and his own problems
will he be able to teach the patient to do the same.
~ C.G. Jung
At its core, training in Analytical Psychology forges an aptitude for understanding and interpreting the symbolic and metaphorical manifestations of the psyche.
To be designated a Jungian Analyst, one must have completed and received a diploma from a post-master's degree training program at a C.G. Jung Institute accredited by the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP).
Upon graduation from an IAAP accredited C.G. Jung Institute membership in the International Association of Analytical Psychology is granted. Graduates may then use the designation, "IAAP", after their name certifying them as Jungian Analysts and requiring them to adhere to the codes and ethics of the governing body of the IAAP.
The Analysis of the Analyst:
Jung's *Training Analysis Mandate
At the heart of all IAAP accredited, academic Jungian training programs, and what separates them from other purely academic programs, is the fulfillment of Jung's training analysis mandate requiring that anyone in training to become a Jungian analyst must, first and foremost, wrestle with the material of his or her own life within the context of a formal personal training analysis.
This requirement ensures that analysts in training are maturing psychologically in tandem with their professional aspirations; that they participate first-hand in the rigors of a deep, emotional, intellectual, psychological and creative encounter with the unconscious in all its manifestations; and that they experience a growing awareness of the potential complications of their own blind spots and complexes as they work with patients.
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
~ C.G. Jung
Thus, before becoming a Jungian Analyst, a candidate must complete a training analysis of approximately 350 hours with an IAAP registered Jungian Analyst during their training in addition to any hours of analysis they may have participated in prior to attending a Jungian Institute.
and "Jungian Oriented" Psychotherapists
A number of psychotherapists interested or somewhat versed in Jungian theory and/or sympathetic to Jung's world view may, understandably, refer to themselves as "Jungian" oriented psychotherapists. However, if they have not graduated from an IAAP accredited training program they may not legitimately or legally designate or refer to themselves as a "Jungian Analyst" or "Jungian Psychoanalyst", nor can they claim membership in the International Association of Analytical Psychologists.
Although training in Analytical Psychology may vary slightly from institute to institute, it is long and intense and quite unlike any other course of study. Requirements include the study and demonstrated mastery of Jung's theories of Analytical Psychology as well as a rich mixture of course work including:
Theories of Depth Psychology
The Practice of Analysis
Theories of Dream Interpretation
The Psychological Interpretation of Mythology and Fairy Tales
Studies in Comparative Religion
Analytical Skills in Utilizing the Images of Fantasy and Imagination
The Interpretation of Dreams
Literature and the Arts
Several years of casework as a supervised analyst-in-training, a clinical practicum at a psychiatric hospital, several papers on symbolism, a thesis and again, most importantly, the completion of the training analysis are also required.