C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans

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About The C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans

The C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans is a private nonprofit organization established to promote educational programs. The organization got its start when a new graduate of the Jung Institute in Zurich, Battle Bell, III, settled in New Orleans and began a Centerpoint study group at his home. In September, 1988, during an informal meeting of friends at the home of Gayonne and Andy Goodyear, the group discussed founding a Jungian society in New Orleans. Each of those attending agreed to contribute $100 in "seed money," and they planned a picnic on the Goodyear property near Money Hill in Covington the following month as a kickoff for launching the organization. The founders mailed letters to interested friends inviting them to join in the new venture, and, to their surprise, they received over fifty memberships. Battle Bell became the group’s advisor, a position he held until his death in June, 2006, and Ian Baker, Ph.D., an analyst in Zurich who visited regularly, became its patron.

The new group drafted this statement of purpose:

Following the general thrust of Carl Jung's analytical psychology, the Society presents an interdisciplinary program to foster self-understanding by the individual.

Jung's deepest interest was in arriving at insights capable of bringing genuine help to the individual. His theories laid the groundwork for a new understanding of man, the significance of which extends far beyond the boundaries of psychology in the conventional sense.

The goals of the C. G. Jung Society, then, are to offer a forum for the exchange of ideas in the sphere of the humanities, that family of knowledge that deals with what it is to be human, to make value judgments, and to select wiser courses of action.

As Jung often stressed, it is within the individual, and not on the level of collective social measures, that the problems of our age must be met and the foundations for a healthy democratic society preserved and strengthened.

The C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans offers lectures and in-depth workshops examining Jungian concepts from a contemporary perspective. We generally have public programs September through May, usually on the first Tuesday of the month. Jung Society members are admitted to monthly programs at no charge and receive a discount when enrolling for workshops. Donations to the Jung Society, a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The Jung Society is also a pre-approved National Board of Certified Counselors provider of continuing education clock hours, and many programs offer continuing education contact hours for social workers. We maintain a library of books on psychology and related topics.

A program for analytical training and continuing education is available through the New Orleans Jungian Seminar, an approved training center of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.

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