Viewing and Discussion: The Farewell

Presenter:  Sheri Reda

This touching comedy-drama tells the story of a young Chinese-American professional woman who learns that her beloved grandmother has a terminal illness and then has to face the family conflicts that ensue. Some family members believe it would be better for their grandmother not to know about her condition. To maintain this secret, yet still celebrate and be with their grandmother, the family plans to hold a “wedding” that will bring the family together. Cultural differences arise and family values are examined. The film is written and directed by Lulu Wang. It stars Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, and Jiang Yongbo.

About the Presenter
Sheri Reda is a writer, editor, and performer whose three Master’s degrees—in Modern Letters, Religions and the Arts, and Information Sciences—support her voracious appetite for creative endeavor. Sheri is also a certified Master Life-Cycle Celebrant whose personalized weddings, memorials, and other ceremonies have been rated among the best in the United States. Her commissioned work includes the recently published Life-Cycle Celebrations: Ceremonies for Your Whole Life. Her stories have energized programs at live-lit venues throughout the Chicago area. She also serves on the Board of the Jung Center.

Telling Your Truth

Instructor: Jill Howe


Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.  ~ Brene Brown, from Daring Greatly

There are few things that people fear more than revealing their vulnerabilities, yet vulnerability is the gateway to deeper connection and wholehearted living. Storytelling is most successful when storytellers can share the full truth of the most meaningful moments of their lives bravely with others. Learning how to do this skillfully can alter every aspect of a person’s life in profound and far-reaching ways. This lecture will combine vulnerability, storytelling, performance, and craft. Participants will learn about the art, science, and psychology of vulnerability as it relates to the art of storytelling. We will learn what elements good stories have and how to mine our lives for resonant tales and, finally, how to craft them for the page or the dinner table. Storytelling can be transformational on a soul level. Give your stories that chance to take root and flourish.

About the Instructor:
Jill Howe is the producer of Story Sessions, a showcase at City Winery featuring true stories and live music. She has facilitated monthly storytelling groups for the last eight years, teaches Story Sessions cabin writing retreats, and presented a Tedx Talk focusing on vulnerability through storytelling. She has shared her stories at City Winery, Second City, Schubas, the 1871 Lab at the Merchandise Mart, Lincoln Hall, Stage 773, Park West, Wilmette Theatre, Skokie Theater, Uncommon Ground, The Gorton Center, and many more. She’s been featured on NPR for Vocalo Radio, Tedx Naperville, the national Mortified podcast, the Chicagoist, The Reader, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Now, Ignite Chicago, Fillet of Solo, Tellin’ Tales Festival, Pygmallion Festival in Champaign/Urbana, Thread Literary Magazine, BP Hope Magazine, Women for Wellness podcast, and The Bughouse Debates at Newberry Library. With a Masters in Teaching, Jill has been a CPS high school English teacher and is now is an educational specialist in Glencoe, focusing on writing. Jill is also a resident storyteller at the Field Museum and loves a good animal story.

The Analyst’s Perspective: Individuation

Instructor: Laura McGrew, LCPC & Kenneth James, PhD

CEUs: 2

Enrollment limited to 20 participants.

Jungian analysts Laura McGrew and Ken James will share their views on individuation, a process defined by Jung as “an act of high courage flung in the face of life.” Jung has also described individuation as “an unattainable goal”  which reveals a person’s need to “follow the ineradicable foolishness which furnished the steps to true wisdom.”* In these, and other definitions, we come to understand the paradoxical nature of the process of individuation.

Laura and Ken will encourage a dialogue in which participants can ask questions and interact with the presenters to further clarify their understanding of the topic. A supportive, interactive, and informative environment will be fostered and important questions will be suggested and answered. A variety of resources will be drawn upon such as Jung’s Collected Works, the writings of post-Jungians, fairy tales, world mythologies, religious studies, philosophy, and the fine arts.

*[Vol. 17; par. 288-290]

About the Instructors
Laura McGrew is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Chicago. She is the emeritus board chair of The C.G. Jung Center, and a tireless worker in and for the field of Analytical Psychology.

Ken James is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Chicago. He is a training analyst with the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and has served on the board of the institute.

The History and Development of Jung’s Psychology: An Intensive Seminar

CEUs: 20

Instructor: Peter Mudd

Enrollment limited to 10 participants.

This seminar will meet on the following dates: January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, September 8, October 13, November 10, 2020.

 “. . .every psychology—my own included—has the character of a subjective confession.”   C. G. Jung, CW 4, para. 774

Analytical psychology is the technical narrative of a profound and shattering encounter with the numinosum (a compelling, uncontrollable force that demands submission to fulfilling one’s unique destiny). As such, it reflects the psychological nature of its creator-his genius and his limitations. Jung, out of necessity, developed a theoretical system that could organize and elucidate the prima materia of his fateful experience, and in so doing he left us strategies and tools for our own psychological work.

This seminar will trace the highlights of the history and development of Jung’s psychology in its chronological sequence as it intertwines with his own life experience. This approach will delineate the theory of analytical psychology as an evolving set of ideas and concepts with its own logical progression and inner coherence. In this way, participants can retrace the path that Jung traveled and decide for themselves what was the product of genius and what was the product of madness.

This is an intensive Jungian seminar requiring thoughtful preparation for each meeting. It is a firm expectation that participants will have read the works and be ready to pose questions and discuss points of view. A reading list, accompanied by study guide questions, will be provided at the outset of the seminar. A certificate of completion will be awarded once all sessions have been attended.

About the Instructor
Peter Mudd is a Jungian analyst practicing in Evanston, Illinois. He served as the Executive Director of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago for 19 years and as Director of Studies for the Chicago Institute’s Analyst Training Program for 10 years. He has offered seminars and workshops on a wide range of Jungian topics throughout North America and abroad and held the position of Associate Editor for the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Peter has served on the board of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism and as its President and Treasurer, as well as on the boards of other Jungian organizations. Long interested in organizational and leadership dynamics, he has provided consultation to organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to local not-for-profit services.

Viewing and Discussion: Rocketman

Presenters:  Cheryl Kinsman and Elaine Rosenblatt

This is the story of superstar, Elton John’s, life from childhood to present day. Elton’s rise in the music world is stunningly portrayed by Taran Egerton who does all of the singing. While some of the hardships of the star’s life evoke our sympathy, overall the movie is a celebration of someone with bigger than life talent and personality. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher and also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s  lyricist, Bernie Taupin, along with Richard Madden, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Join us for an enjoyable evening!

About the Presenters
Dr. Cheryl Kinsman is the Executive Director of the Jung Center. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and has a PhD from Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Kinsman has over 28 years of experience providing psychotherapy and over 10 years of administrative experience. She joined the Jung Center in 2016 after retiring from a long career at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center where she worked as a psychologist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and served as the program manager, supervising a large multi-disciplinary staff.

Elaine Rosenblatt has been a psychotherapist and life coach for over 18 years. She utilizes her personal and professional experience to help couples, families, women and men navigate through life’s transitions. She believes the relationship between the client and therapist is germane to emotional well-being, resilience, growth and the capacity for change.

Sensory Processing Sensitivity

Instructor: Rose Carol, MA

CEUs: 2

The Highly Sensitive Person, a documentary, will be shown and discussed. Participants will learn about the research on the HSP trait also called Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS, HSP, or Highly Sensitive Person). It is not a condition, a disorder, or a diagnosis. It is a neutral trait that evolved in 20% of the human population, and many non-human species, due to its survival advantage in some situations and not in others. Learn how to recognize this trait in a loved one, clients, or yourself.  How the HSP trait compares to Myers Brigg Personality Types will also be explored.

About the Instructor
Rose graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and along the way, found alternative coaching methods to help people effectively reduce stress, gain insight, and move through life’s many challenges with more support and ease.   For 30 years she’s taught people ways to relax and improve health as an Ayurveda Health Practitioner. She completed her Marriage and Family Counselor Internship in Oakland, California, where she worked at JFK Counseling Center and worked and trained in John Bradshaw’s Inner Child Healing at the Center for Creative Growth in Berkeley, California. She has worked with individuals suffering from trauma in Southern Oregon. In the 1980’s, she attended Maharishi European University where she studied Vedic Science in Vlodrop, Holland, and was made a meditation instructor by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She mentored with master Ayurvedic healer, Vaidya Ramakant Mishra, and was invited into his family lineage of Ayurvedic Healers in specializing in Ayurvedic Detox called Panchakarma.  She lives in the Chicago area where she offers Insight Coaching, Delving Deep  Turiya Meditation, and Ayurvedic Preventive Health Services for Highly Sensitive People.