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The Jung Society newsletter adds detailed descriptions of program offerings and gives its outstanding faculty enhanced visibility. The renamed organization Jungian Analysts of Washington Association (JAWA) continues its co-sponsorship of programs that the American Psychological Association approves for CEs for psychologists.

In 2011, at the Embassy of Switzerland, scholar and author Andrew Harvey provides commentary on the film screening of “Marion Woodman:  Dancing in the Flames.”  For the Jung Memorial Lecture of 2012, the Society invites Tom Kirsch, president of the International Association of Analytical Psychology to speak on “Reading Jung Deeply: Why Is He Still Relevant?”

Marking another significant milestone with the Library of Congress (LOC), the 2012 Jung Society teams with the AARP Foundation to present an all-day symposium “Jung and Aging:  Bringing to Life the Possibilities and Potentials for Vibrant Aging.” Jung Society faculty and Jungian analyst Melanie Starr Costello, Jung Society Board Secretary Leslie Sawin, and Society member Michael Carbine play key roles in the LOC event. In 2013, Pacifica Graduate Institute professor and author Joseph Cambray delivers a lecture and workshop to the 2013 Jung Society community:  “Self-Organization, Emergence, and Synchronicity.”

In November 2014, the Jung Society welcomes internationally prominent Jungian author and Jungian analyst James Hollis as its new Executive Director. Hollis leaves his successful tenure as Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center in Houston to apply his expertise and global reputation to guide the Jung Society of Washington to new stature. Recent release of Hollis’s book, Hauntings:  The Ghosts Who Run Our Lives, provides the topic for the 2014 Jung Memorial Lecture and Workshop.

As Executive Director, Hollis initiates the Jungian Studies program to attract students interested in deeper engagement with the writings of Carl Jung and his scholars. In the program, which meets for full-day seminars once a month, students participate in discussions led by prominent Jungian analysts.

Across 2015 and 2016, the stable pool of academic talent including April Barrett, Julie Bondanza, Michael Conforti, Melanie Starr Costello, Bonnie Damron, Sondra Geller, James Hollis, Janet Kane, Phyllis LaPlante, Tim Lyons, Anne Pickup, Cathryn Polanchak, Janice Quinn, and others draws increasing enrollment to the Society’s programming.  

In 2017, the Jung Society publishes an online catalogue of the 3000 books and items held in its library collections and offers borrowing privileges to its members.

James Hollis launches a new book in 2018 and provides a popular course on its topic, “Living an Examined Life.” Donald Kalsched attracts a full house for the Jung Memorial Lecture and Workshop on trauma.

In 2018, Oxana Holtmann, Jung Society’s director of external relations, marketing and online education, produces the Society’s first Jung Masterclass and launches the program through an online learning platform. In this program, Executive Director James Hollis teaches “The Interpretations of Dreams," and the program quickly gathers a strong following. 

In 2019, Jane E. Byerley is elected as an Executive Director. Ms. Byerley comes to the position with years of administrative experience, therapy licensure, and previous Board service. James Hollis returns to private practice in Washington and continues to serve on the Board of the JSW. April Barrett is elected as the next Board President and John King as Vice President and Treasurer. 


One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung, “Alchemical Studies, Vol 13”


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The Jung Society of Washington is a nonprofit educational institution. Although many of the Jung Society's programs involve analytical psychology and allied subjects, these offerings are intended, and should be viewed, as a source of information and education, and not as therapy. The Jung Society does not offer psychoanalytical or other mental health services.
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