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Interpretation in Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique

  • December 07, 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • New York Hilton, New York City, NY

This event is not sponsored by the DPS.

Join us for An Afternoon with

Mark Winborn, PhD, Jungian Analyst and Author

“Interpretation in Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique”

A BAJA Seminar open to the public ~

Eligible for 4 Professional Development Hours

Registration: $75.00 if payment is received before December 1st. (Payment nonrefundable after November 15th)

$95.00 at the door if space remains (limited to 15 participants)

**Payment in check to BAJA Mail to Nora Swan-Foster 1137 Pearl Street Suite 205 Boulder Colorado 80302   Questions: 303-440-4000 

Location: First Congregational Church Conference Room

Date and Time: Friday December 7th  2:00-6:00

This intimate working seminar will be limited to 15 participants who are interested in exploring and deepening their skill through lecture, discussion, small assignment and reading (see below). 

Course descriptionAnalytic interpretation is fundamental to the process of psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. It is the medium by which our art form is transmitted.  If the analytic vessel is thought of as our canvas then our interpretations are the paints with which the depth psychologist participates with the patient in the creation of the painting.  What one chooses to say in analysis, why one chooses it, how one says it, when one says it; these are the building blocks of the interpretive process and the focus of Interpretation in Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique. It is an important tool to develop proficiency with, but it can’t be used effectively if we don’t develop fluency with it.

Interpretation in Jungian Analysis will provide in-depth exploration of the process, including the history of analytic technique, the role of language in analytic therapy, the poetics and metaphor of interpretation, and the relationship between interpretation and the analytic attitude. In addition, the steps involved with the creation of clear, meaningful, and transformative interpretations are plainly outlined. Blending the deep understanding of archetype, symbol, and metaphor from the Jungian tradition with competency in psychoanalytic interpretative technique creates a powerful therapeutic amalgam.

Biographical Information for Mark Winborn:

Mark Winborn, PhD, NCPsyA is a Jungian Psychoanalyst and Clinical Psychologist.  He received his BS in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1982, his MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis in 1987, and his certificate in Jungian Analysis

from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts in 1999.  From 1988 – 1990 he was the staff psychologist at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Dr. Winborn is a training/supervising analyst of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He currently serves on the American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis and the Ethics Committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Dr. Winborn is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, as well as being a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

His publications include Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey (2011) and Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond (2014), both with Fisher King Press, as well as journal articles, book reviews, and chapter contributions. Routledge Press has contracted to publish Dr. Winborn’s third book, Interpretation in Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique (available July 2018)He has also presented papers at the past three Congresses of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (Montreal 2010, Copenhagen 2013, Kyoto 2016).  Since 1990 he has maintained a private practice in Memphis, Tennessee, USA where he was the Training Coordinator for the Memphis-Atlanta Jungian Seminar from 2010 – 2016. In addition to his teaching activities in Memphis, he has been an invited presenter for Jungian societies, training seminars and institutes in: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Charleston, SC; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Santa Fe, NM; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Florida; Lafayette, LA; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; the Dominican Republic; Moscow, Russia; and the IRSJA candidate group.

Seminar Objectives: Some of the specific objectives will be:

  1. Differentiate between interpretive and non-interpretive interventions in therapy/analysis.
  2. Examine the origins of the interpretive process within the psychoanalytic world.
  3. Differentiate various levels of interpretation.
  4. Examine particular uses of language in interpretation.
  5. Understand Interpretation from a Jungian perspective.
  6. Create effective, transformative interpretations.


This assignment is specifically for those participants who are currently seeing patients/clients.  Please bring with you a short clinical vignette from your practice.  You don’t need to provide any background information.  Just record as closely as possible (verbatim wording is desirable) an interaction from a recent session.  This doesn’t need to be more than a half a page in length.

Please choose an interaction from the three following situations: (1) a session in which you were confronted by the patient in a way you didn’t know how to respond to, or (2) a situation in which you knew you wanted/needed to say something but couldn’t identify how to formulate your words in a way that would be effective, or (3) a situation where you verbalized something to the patient but you felt there must be a more effective way to communicate your thought.

We will probably not have time to deal with all of the examples participants bring but completing the assignment will help you begin to identify situations where the analytic skills associated with interpretation can be refined.

Recommended Readings:  

Winborn, Mark (2018). Interpretation in Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique. London: Routledge.

Supplemental Readings:

The following readings are recommendations for continued exploration of the interpretive process following the conclusion of the seminar:

Auld, Frank and Hyman, Marvin (2005). Resolution of Inner Conflict: An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Second Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Dieckmann, Hans (1991). Methods in Analytical Psychology: An Introduction. Wilmette, IL: Chiron.

Levy, Steven (1990). Principles of Interpretation. Northvale, NJ: Aronson.

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