What: The Jung Memorial Workshop
Who: Tom Kirsch
Fees: $60.00, members in advance; $75.00, nonmembers; $50.00 full-time student members and senior members
James Kirsch, my father, was one of the first-generation analysts who had his primary analysis with Jung. As a young man in his 20s, he began a psychoanalysis that did not satisfy him, so he entered a Jungian analysis in Berlin. In 1928 he wrote to Jung asking if he could begin analysis, and in 1929 James Kirsch spent two months in Zürich in analysis with both Jung and Toni Wolff. This began a multiple-level relationship that spanned four decades and great distances. There are approximately 150 letters in their correspondence. The contents of the letters cover important subjects such as the relationship between Jews and Christians, Nazism, anti-Semitism, clinical issues in psychotherapy, synchroni-city, organizational issues for Jung groups, difficult personalities. James Kirsch was a founding member of Jungian professional groups in Berlin, Tel Aviv, London, and Los Angeles.
The collection also includes a few letters from Hilde Kirsch, my mother, and a wonderful short history of the International Association for Medical Psychotherapy. The correspondence was edited by Ann Lammers who had previously edited the Victor White/Jung correspondence and who has a thorough knowledge of working with Jung archival material. Highlights from the correspondence will be read and discussed.
Thomas B Kirsch, M.D., is a graduate of Yale Medical School (1961) and completed his psychiatric residency at Stanford Medical Center in 1965. A graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, he has served there in many capacities, including being president from 1976 - 1978. From 1977 until 1989 he served as a vice-president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and from 1989 to 1995 as president. He has also been a member of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis since 1976. Author of many papers on dreams, history of analytical psychology, and the analytic relationship, and editor of Jungian sections in encyclopedias and psychoanalytic dictionaries, he has now written The Jungians, a book on the history of analytical psychology. In addition to his private practice, he is on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco and a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the Stanford Medical Center.
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