Training as a Jungian Analyst

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Training as a Jungian Analyst

Training to be a Jungian Analyst with the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts is an in-depth personal and professional experience. The training aims to develop an analyst with personal and professional competencies in both theory and clinical practice. The curriculum and its courses ground Jungian analytic work within a broad, multi-dimensional perspective that includes clinical, interpersonal, and archetypal approaches to psychotherapy.

Training in Jungian Analysis

Analysis is a unique, intensive form of depth psychotherapy that fosters personal development and potential liberation from dysfunctional or painful living patterns, and may lead to living a more meaningful life as we strive to fulfil our destiny. In pursuit of these goals, the individual in analysis (analysand) and the analyst work together in close collaboration to explore and better understand the analysand’s inner world. Careful attention is paid to the interactions of personal and interpersonal experience, of past and present, of body and mind, of fantasy and reality. Working with dreams forms an integral part of this process. Each individual’s personal analysis and process is considered paramount in the training. Such an in-depth exploration can set in motion a process of deep personal transformation that Jung called “individuation”.

The SAAJA training program offers the opportunity to study a unique and powerful approach to our internal lives, thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and intuition. The candidate in training learns and develops extensive skills in Jungian and post Jungian psychotherapeutic technique. During the training, a range of approaches exploring Jungian and post Jungian theory and practice are presented by members of SAAJA & occasional guest analysts from other training centres. These include a focus on interpersonal approaches, developmental approaches, archetypal approaches and current relevant psychoneurological theory.

Seminars are held at the C.G. Jung Centre in Cape Town over weekends six times per year and take place concurrently with the analysand’s personal analysis, supervision, and clinical work. Those candidates in centres other than Cape Town, can proceed with their analysis and supervision via Skype or other forms of telecommunication should they not be in analysis with an analyst from their hometown.

This is a challenging but potentially extremely rewarding clinical training. For many candidates, it is among the most profound intellectual and emotional experiences of their lives. Training as a Jungian Analyst with SAAJA can lead to many different opportunities, and after qualifying trainees incorporate their training into their personal and professional lives in a variety of ways. We welcome applications from people with a wide range of personal, professional, and academic backgrounds (see Training Brochure for further specific information).

We are currently accepting expressions of interest in training for the training commencing in 2023. We will not begin a new training group until the previous intake group that commenced their training in 2019 has completed the formal didactic curriculum at the end of 2022. The didactic part of the training is four years, with two major stages of progression: Preliminary Stage, and Candidacy Stage.

Anyone who may be interested in exploring this training program can familiarize themselves with the necessary preparation time and processes before applying (see Training Brochure).

Successful completion of all training requirements leads to certification as a Jungian Analyst. Graduates may then apply for membership of SAAJA. Acceptance automatically leads to membership of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP).

The information outlined here is based on the requirements of the 2022 intake. This information may be reviewed and updated before the next iteration of training.


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