Welcome to The Montana Friends of Jung OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Exploring the Psychology of Carl Jung
We are a non-profit educational organization for all individuals interested in the ideas of psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung and an approach to daily living through depth psychology.
The organization, run by a volunteer Board of Directors, facilitates the formation of dreamwork groups and Centerpoint study groups. We sponsor events, lectures and seminars by noted analysts, scholars and writers in the field of Jungian psychology and serves as a hub of information for Montanans interested in this work. We also invite workshop proposals from members of the community.
We have an inclusive, lay membership not limited to mental health professionals; please email us if you would like to be added to our e-alert list of people who would like to receive advance notice of news and events.
Please check back frequently for updates about upcoming events and news of interest to those who are exploring the world of Jungian psychology.
About Carl Jung
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was one of the great pioneers in the area of depth psychology and the field now known as adult developmental theory. His ideas probe beyond the rational description of human problems and behavior to the inner focus and meaning of our lives. Jung's contributions to psychology include the concepts of synchronicity, archetypes, the collective unconscious, and personality typology such as introversion and extroversion.
When so many devoted their genius to creating the means to destroy the world, Jung went inward on a lonely and dangerous journey, shedding light on those creative synthesizing forces within the human psyche that might enable the world to survive. He learned that by honestly facing personal conflicts on the most everyday level we each confront the deepest spiritual problems of universal human concerns.
Jung's life, his mission, and his voice are a challenge and a source of illuminating hope.
If you would like an overview of C.G. Jung and his theories, we recommend the following:
Introduction to Jung:
- Memories, Dreams, Reflections, by C.G. Jung.
- Jung's Map of the Soul: An Introduction, by Murray Stein. Any book by Murray Stein
- Man and His Symbols, by C.G. Jung, et. al.
- Essential Jung, by C.G. Jung, introduction by Anthony Storr.
- Jung Lexicon: A Primer of Terms and Concepts, by Daryl Sharp.
- Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung's Psychology, by June Singer
- The Symbolic Quest: Basic Concepts of Analytical Psychology, by Edward Whitmont
Also books on dreams by Jeremy Taylor and Robert Bosniak
http://www.aras.org takes you to the beautiful images stored in the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, located in New York City and Los Angeles. Browse it and be uplifted.
Events and Workshops
Due to Covid, in 2021-22 we produced 75-minute programs on Zoom. Several are recorded and available by request. One on Psyche and Quantum Physics, offered by Ken Silvestro; The Power of Our Relationship with Horses, given by Rebecka Pearson; and Jung's Typology: A Path in Individation, given by Inese Wheeler. For more information about the presenters see the Bios page.
WHO SOME OF US ARE
Susan Morgan is the only diplomate Jungian analyst in Montana and the only member of the IAAP - the international association of Jungian Analysts. She is a member of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts. As a practicing Buddhist, she wrote her Jungian Diploma thesis on the Archetype of the Bodhisattva. She is especially interested in the cross-fertilization of Jungian theory and Buddhist. She lives in Bozeman.
Dr. Ken Silvestro, a Jungian psychotherapist in Missoula and Seeley Lake, earned his PhD at the University of Connecticut in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He spent seven years studying depth psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of Narcissism and Sexuality: a Self-Inflicted Wound and The Sound of the Other Hand Clapping.
Gena Bellante Funk, a founding member of Montana Friends of Jung in 1997, is a licensed clinical psychologist residing in Bozeman, Montana, since 1988. She received a Masters and Doctorate from The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, and a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology, & Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.
Valerie Harms, a founding member of Montana Friends of Jung, is the author of 10 books, including Your Soul at a Crossroads, The Inner Lover, and Dreaming of Animals. A graduate of Smith College, she has conducted Intensive Journal workshops (developed by Ira Progoff) for 25 years. She has taught programs at Jungian centers around the country, especially the New York Jung Foundation. See her Web site at www.valerieharms.com.
Barbara Labovitz Boik is a retired psychotherapist in Bozeman Montana. She earned her B.A. in education from Penn State University, her M.Ed. in counseling from Temple University, and her M.S. in psychology from Pepperdine University. She is co-author with E. Anna Goodwin of Sandplay Therapy: A Step-by-Step Manual for Psychotherapists of Diverse Orientations.
Connie Myslik-McFadden is a Jungian psychotherapist in Bozeman. She leads dreamwork seminars, groups, and a summer retreat for women at the Blacktail Ranch in Wolf Creek, MT. A graduate of the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work, she spent nine years in Jungian analysis. Her books include Gathering the Soul, Imago, and most recently Willow's Gift.
Rebecka Pearson, Ph.D is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Montana and Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. Originally from the east coast, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from West Chester University, and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University, both in Pennsylvania. She completed her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. Her dissertation explored empathy in clinical practice with a focus on combat veterans with PTSD. Rebecka practices in Bozeman, seeing adolescent and adult clients.
Inese Wheeler is a licensed Psychologist who has worked in university counseling centers. Her dissertation from the University of Georgia and subsequent research dealt with the role of meaning and purpose in life in parental bereavement. She was an Associate Professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania until 2008 when she retired and moved back to Bozeman.
Theresa Clearman is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Helena. Her background includes service as a police officer, work for juvenile justice, study in Fine Art photography, residence in Vienna, Austria, while researching the symbolic associations between women and animals in religious artwork. Theresa obtained degrees in Anthrozoology and Psychology at Carroll College in Helena, completed her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is now a PhD candidate in the fields of Communication Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Eco Psychology.
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