and the Archetype of the
An eight week college level course
Anyone who works in the helping professions
will benefit from the important ideas covered in this 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 needing to complete assignments for credit.
“In the presence of a disease, especially a severe or dangerous one, the patient places his hopes and confidence in the person of the healer rather than in his medications and other healing techniques. It would therefore seem that the healer's personality is the principal agent of the cure, in addition to any necessary skill or knowledge…the healer awakens and develops in the patient his own self-healing tendencies.” - Henri Ellenberger, The Discovery of the Unconscious, p. 38
It has been said that only the wounded healer heals, but the healer’s unattended wounds can also bring harm upon both therapist and client. The positive (or negative) expectation that a patient or client places upon a counselor, therapist, coach, or healer is a part of what both C. G. Jung and Sigmund Freud referred to as the transference. The importance of this idea of the transference/countertransference is one of the few things that Jung and Freud continued to agree upon after their professional break. It is also an important aspect of the archetype of the wounded healer. Archetypally – and mythologically – speaking, the healer’s wound opens him or her up to the inner, archetypal realm. However, it also threatens the therapeutic relationship through the countertransference, or the projection of the therapist’s wound onto the client. In this course, we will explore the archetypal and mythological roots of the figure of the wounded healer, as well as its contemporary manifestations in the transference/ countertransference phenomena. Conscious awareness of the archetype of the wounded healer can assist those in the helping professions to remain balanced and healthy while helping others.
Each weekly meeting of the course will include explore some aspect of the Jungian understanding of the wounded healer archetype. A discussion and question/answer session will follow. 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 further your understanding of the wounded healer archetype, and the vital role played by transference/countertransference phenomena in therapeutic work. Anyone who works in the helping professions will benefit from the important ideas covered in this course.
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
- Free! – Jung and the Archetype of the Wounded Healer: Introduction – Free! – Saturday, Oct 9
- Module 1: Wounded Healers in Mythology – Saturday, Oct 16
- Module 2: Shamanic Wounded Healers – Saturday, Oct 23
- Module 3: Healing Gods of the Ancient World – Saturday, Oct 30
- Module 4: Orpheus, Music, and Healing – Saturday, Nov 6
- Module 5: Modern Wounded Healers: Freud and Jung – Saturday, Nov 13
- Module 6: Transference and Countertransference – Saturday, Nov 20
*** US Thanksgiving Holiday Week-end – No Class! ***
8. Module 7: Contemporary Institutional Healing and the Asclepius Complex – Saturday, Dec 4
9. Module 8: Awakening the Healer in Ourselves, in Others, and in Culture – Saturday, Dec 11
- Learn the basics of Jung’s theory and how it applies to the wounded healer archetype.
- Explore the archetypal and mythological roots of the figure of the wounded healer.
- Discover a wealth of resources for deepening their understanding of the wounded healer archetype from a classical Jungian perspective.
- Learn how an understanding of the wounded healer archetype can assist those in the helping professions to remain balanced and healthy while helping others.
- Have an opportunity to complete online assignments toward a certificate of completion which may be used as credit towards advanced certification in depth psychology through the Depth Psychology Alliance.
Can't attend live? Each class will be recorded and made available for all registrants.
About Your Instructor
James R. Newell, PhD
James Newell is an educator, counselor, personal coach, professional musician, and the director of the Depth Psychology Alliance. 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 other schools. For the past several years he has been developing a certification program in depth psychology offered through the Depth Psychology Alliance. We recently graduated our first cohort in the certification program.
Pricing (early sign-up is by Thursday, October 14, 2021):
Depth Psychology Alliance Members:
$219.00 early sign-up
$249.00 early sign-up