What is a Certified Jungian Analyst?

junginstAs with all the great depth psychologies, including psychoanalysis, training in Jungian psychology began as a mentor-based tradition. Analysts were originally trained by C. G. Jung and his close colleagues. The focus of their training experience consisted of years of personal anaysis and clinical supervision as well as attendance at a variety of seminars given by Jung. As the number of those wishing to become analysts increased, Jung founded the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland in 1948, the first program of its kind in the world. Since then, training centers have been founded in Europe, Australia, Israel, and the Americas.

Contemporary Jungian training is a combination of that mentor-based tradition and the acquisition of a defined body of knowledge. Years of personal analysis and supervision are still the cornerstones of analytic training (it was in fact Jung, in the early years of psychoanalysis, who emphasized the analyst’s analysis as the most critical aspect of analytical training), in conjunction with extensive exposure to a range of disciplines as diverse as comparative mythology and religion, Jungian theory, and clinical psychological theory. Certification requires personal analysis and supervision during the entire training period as well.