Active Imagination - 8-Week College Level Course


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Active Imagination and

Jung’s Red Book

an online course

Learn how C. G. Jung’s innovative

psychotherapeutic technique of Active Imagination

led to the development of Analytical Psychology

and a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy!

This eight week college level course includes one free class plus eight full modules with resources and further learning opportunities available through our online learning platform. Successfully complete all of the assignments in the online learning platform and earn a certificate of completion!

Attendees may also simply audit the course, without completing assignments for credit. 

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After his break with Sigmund Freud in 1913, Carl Jung was at loose ends and unsure of what the future held. In an effort to treat his own growing sense of disorientation, Jung began a period of creative play, followed by a number of other experimental techniques. These techniques led to the production of a series of paintings and writings based upon dreams and waking visions. These experiments were documented by Jung in his extraordinary and recently published Red Book. They also led to the development of a therapeutic technique that Jung was eventually to call ‘Active Imagination.’ Join us for this eight week college level course and learn the history of Jung’s technique of Active Imagination, how he used it, and how his innovative ideas about psychotherapy revolutionized the field. Not only that, but Jung has said that all of the major innovations of his theory were developed as a result of his using this method. As he has said:

"My most fundamental views and ideas derive from these experiences. First I made the observations and only then did I hammer out my views. And so it is with the hand that guides the crayon or brush, the foot that executes the dance-step, with the eye and the ear, with the word and the thought: a dark impulse is the ultimate arbiter of the pattern, an unconscious ‘a priori’ precipitates itself into plastic form" (Jung, CW 8: par. 402).

This course is a comprehensive and essential introduction to Jung’s technique of Active Imagination. This nine week course begins with one free introductory class, followed by eight modules that introduce you to Jung’s work with the Red Book, his later writings on Active Imagination, as well as the developments of dance therapy, dramatic therapy, art therapy, sand play, and other techniques that were a direct result of Jung’s discoveries. Each weekly meeting will include a presentation and explanation of some aspect of Jung’s development of Active Imagination and its later iterations. A discussion and question/answer session will follow each class. Additionally, a wealth of resources for further study will be available to participants through our online learning platform. Those participants who successfully complete the assignments in the online learning platform will receive a certificate of completion which may be used as credit toward a future certification program. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a solid grounding in the Jungian technique of Active Imagination. This course is a comprehensive and essential introduction to Jung’s technique of Active Imagination.

Participants will take part in eight weekly classes, plus one free introductory class

Start time for each event is 1pm PST (4pm EST) 90 min

1. Free! Introduction: Overview of the Jungian technique of Active Imagination: Free! – Saturday, Feb. 22

2. Module One: Jung’s Red Book and the History Behind Active Imagination – Saturday, Feb. 29
3. Module Two: Jung’s Red Book and Other Writings on Active Imagination – Saturday, Mar. 7
4. Module Three: Basic Techniques of Active Imagination – Saturday, Mar. 14
5. Module Four: Active Imagination and Art Therapy – Saturday, Mar. 21
6. Module Five: Active Imagination and Movement Therapies – Saturday, Mar. 28
7. Module Six: Active Imagination and Sand Play – Saturday, Apr. 4
8. Module Seven: Active Imagination and Alchemy – Saturday, Apr. 11
9. Module Eight: Active Imagination and Prayer – Saturday, Apr. 18

Participants will:

1. Learn some of the history of Active Imagination, beginning with Jung’s Red Book, and tracing the development of Jung’s thought on the subject.

2. Learn some of the basic concepts and techniques of Jung’s psychotherapeutic technique of Active Imagination.

3. Discover a wealth of resources for deepening their understanding of the Jungian technique of Active Imagination.

4. Learn how a comprehensive knowledge of a variety of approaches to Active Imagination can aid in adapting the method to accommodate different personalities and individuals.

5. Have an opportunity to complete online assignments toward earning a certificate of completion (certificate of completion may be used as credit towards certification in depth psychology through the Depth Psychology Alliance).


Can't attend live? Each class will be recorded and made available for all registrants.

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9142610263?profile=originalAbout Your Instructor
James R. Newell, PhD
Vanderbilt University

James Newell is the director of the Depth Psychology Alliance, as well as an educator, counselor, personal coach, and professional musician. James earned his master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and Theology from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, with a focus on Jungian psychology. He earned his doctorate in History of Religions from the Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Religion. James teaches online courses in world religions for Central Michigan University, Excelsior College, and Young Harris College. For the past several years he has been developing a certification program in depth psychology offered through the Depth Psychology Alliance.

Pricing (early sign-up is by February 27, 2020):

$219.00 early sign-up
$249.00 regular

$249.00 early sign-up
$279.00 regular

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