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Training Content

Both the online training and on-site training follow the same 9 session format.

Session 1: Psychological Types and Individuation
We begin with an overview of the importance of Jung and depth psychology. We introduce Jung's model of the human psyche; key terms: persona, ego, personal unconscious, complexes, shadow, soul, collective unconscious; archetypes; the Self; the role of psychological types as a compass of ego consciousness; and the preeminence of individuation as the centerpiece of both Jung's type theory and his depth psychology.

Session 2: The Compass of Consciousness
In this session we carefully assess Jung's terms attitude and orientation to begin to understand the eight types as composite attitudes on the "compass" of consciousness.

Session 3: The Four Extraverted Types
This session takes a closer look at each of the extraverted types—the two "rational" types and the two "receptive" types. We analyze each type with five comparative categories, review behavioral attributes, and look at biographical examples to more fully grasp each type.

Session 4: The Introverted Types
We review the introverted types in the same way we studied the extraverted types in Session 3.

Session 5: Collaborations
Jung's few words about how the eight types tend to collaborate have been interpreted by others to render 16 possible type pairings. In this session, we revisit Jung's original text to reconsider the number of possible pairings among the types and to explain how types may work collaboratively to support the dominant position of consciousness.

Session 6: Navigating Life Experience
With an understanding of how the types tend to support one another, in this session, we review the many practical applications of typical pairings as they relate to work, teamwork, leadership, learning, family relationships, intimate relationships, friendships, and "spiritual formation."

Session 7: Oppositions
Jung said that his conceptual compass of psychological types was indispensable for his "voyages" of discovery. His voyages were centrally concerned with individuation—the development of the unique and whole person. The flowering of the individual personality is not won by a one-sided reliance on preferred psychological types; it is developed via a union of oppositions. Without the opposites, there is no growth. We review how, for those who stubbornly resist that union, pathologies may follow.

Session 8: Becoming Whole
Ultimately Jung's body of work is centered on one theme: individuation—the voyage of becoming whole. One's preferred "type" is merely a starting place; individuation occurs as a spiraling path of growth where all of the types increasingly play a vital role in a person's life. We could call this growth the "hero's" journey, for it is not attained without suffering and conflict. The way to unique personality is the time-honored middle way. In this session we emphasize the importance of the individuating person, the role of "active imagination," and the need to suspend "shadow" projections to become whole.

Session 9: Open Forum
The final session is a forum of open inquiry about the value of Jung's model, individuation, next steps, applications, and continued learning.

The course includes assigned readings from Psychological Types, Carl Gustav Jung, and Jung's Compass of Psychological Types, James Graham Johnston. Assigned films are used to illustrate course content: "About Schmidt;" "Tucker, The Man and His Dream;" "No Direction Home;" "Whale Rider;" "Billy Elliot;" "The Accidental Tourist;" and "Bagger Vance."