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Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy (Special Purpose Award, Level 8)

Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy

***It is with regret that we have had to cancel the Summer offering due to the restrictions around Covid-19 but those interested in taking the course in September should email us at to be put on an Interest List***

This programme mixes experiential with the theoretical in a venture that combines Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy. By using methods such as art-making, journaling and dream interpretation we engage creatively with psyche in a journey that promises to be both fascinating and educational.

Through experiential learning, the participant will get to know Jung’s model of the psyche, some post-Jungian developments and how to apply such insights in everyday life. For those in the healing professions, the programme should enrich and enliven their existing skills. The Jungian approach is also especially suited to those with an artistic streak and also for practicing artists seeking to discover new ways of creative working.

The programme is aimed at those interested in exploring psyche and creativity. It should also be of especial interest for those either in the arts and/or healing professions (psychotherapists, creative therapists, counsellors etc.). Note that a background in arts is not required.


  • Ability to apply an understanding of key concepts of Jung’s model of the psyche to oneself and within a group setting.
  • Appreciate art therapy processes and methods, based on experiential and context based learning.
  • Articulate creative, analytic and critical insight into personal process by means of written work such as an essay (that includes personal images), and in terms of group dialogue by means of a virtual discussion forum.
  • Demonstrate literacy in image interpretation and critically discuss creative expression and artmaking as healing, as applied to key Jungian concepts.

The Trainers

Jungian Psychology and Art Therapy trainers include Robert Romanyshyn, José Castilho, Julie Aldridge, Lyn Mather and Mathew Mather.

Robert is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in depth psychology and has published a number of books, including The Wounded Researcher (2007). Robert held a professorship at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California for most of his professional life. He has been described as “a master story teller with a gift for expressing the insights of the soul with the voice of a poet.” José Castilho is a psychotherapist and supervisor, he works for the Gay Men’s Health Service (HSE) and in private practice in Dublin city centre. He is the former chair of The Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) and currently is the chair of the European Training Standards Committee (ETSC) and member of the executive of The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). Julie is a practicing artist and art therapist and taught for a number of years on the Cork based MA in Art Therapy. She is influenced by archetypal and post-Jungian approaches to therapy. Julie is now a full time artist, and offers bespoke workshops. Lyn has a background in art and arts facilitation and is a practicing art therapist. She utilizes Jungian theory in her approach to art therapy. Mathew (course director) has a PhD in Jung and Alchemy from the University of Essex, and is author of The Alchemical Mercurius: esoteric symbol of Jung’s life and works (2014).


Content – What Subjects will I study?

Outline for the Summer of 2020 (subject to change)

  • Jung & Art Therapy (Lyn, Mathew) Thu 18/06/2020
  • Model of the Psyche (Lyn, Mathew) Fri 19/06/2020
  • Persona, Shadow, Anima/Animus, Self (Jose) Sat 20/06/2020
  • Typology (Jose) Thu 09/07/2020
  • Dream & Image Interpretation I (Robert) Fri 10/07/2020
  • Dream & Image Interpretation II (Robert) Sat 11/07/2020
  • Synchronicity (Mathew) Thu 06/08/2020
  • Fairy Tale Interpretation I (Lyn, Mathew) Fri 07/08/2020
  • Fairy Tale Interpretation II (Julie) Sat 08/08/2020
  • Alchemy and Individuation (Lyn, Mathew) Thu 27/08/2020
  • Presentations/seminar (Lyn, Mathew) Fri 28/08/2020
  • Art & Psyche symposium (invited guests) Sat 29/08/2020

Instructor led art therapy sessions on most days from 9:30 – 11:15; feedback sessions 4:15 – 5pm.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements: a primary degree in any discipline (mature applicants without a primary degree but with appropriate life experience, interest and ability may be considered). Candidates are required to complete an application form, submit a sample of writing and attend an interview. Closing date for applications will be the 5th June 2020. Please note that the maximum number of places is 16 on each cohort and are offered on a first come first served basis to suitable applicants.  Should the number of applications exceed available places a waiting list will be established (based on the date of receipt of the application) and places will then be offered in the event of cancellations/deferrals.


Coursework includes art-making, journaling, reading, writing and presenting. Assessment will be based on an essay, contribution toward online discussions and a presentation.


Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy (Special Purpose Award, Level 8, 10 Credits).

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