Winter Clinical Intensive: Thinking about and working with Gender: How do I say who I am?

Event Details

This event finished on 11 January 2020

Our 2020 Clinical Intensive focuses on our understanding of gender and the implications of this understanding as we work with our patients.   Increasingly, we are seeing patients for whom gender identity is intertwined with their sense of self and process of individuation.

Our Jungian legacy has left us with the terms anima and animus to represent the gender otherness within us all, but, at this point in history, these terms seem all too binary and categorical. How, then, do we understand and think about gender as a fluid aspect of our sense of identity?  How do we approach this work and the issues of gender within ourselves that it inevitably triggers?

Our Winter Clinical Intensive will seek to explore these themes and questions, along with the historical and culture contexts in which we address them, from multiple perspectives. Presentations will include both theoretical frameworks informing treatment, and clinical material from work with patients focusing on gender issues.

The Winter Clinical Intensive is directed and open to mental health clinicians from all theoretical orientations and to students in graduate or post-graduate clinical training programs.


Friday, January 10, 2020

An Archetypal Perspective  on  Gender Transitions
Michael Conforti, Ph.D., IAAP

9 am – 12 pm

So much is shifting in our understanding of gender concerns.  This current extension of our prevailing views on masculinity and femininity is an expression of Psyche informing us of a profound change occurring within the psyche regarding our expression and understanding of what it means to be a man or woman in the world.  Perhaps because the force of these changes are moving through us so powerfully, we tend to concretize and prematurely act on the need to change our relationship to our gender. While action is often needed, so too is the need to appreciate their symbolic meaning, and ask what it is that Psyche wants us to understand and metabolize about these very personal and collective transitions.  So too we may forget to do our work as archetypally-informed clinicians and clients, and ask if any of these modern day changes were present within humanities past, and embedded within our shared archetypal heritage. For, instance, the indigenous communities had 3-4 expressions of masculinity and femininity, while there was the cult of the bearded Venus in antiquity.

In this seminar we will address the role of personal and archetypal influences in our relationship to gender and treatment. I will also show a short video of the work of  Fleming Behrends, an  Archetypal  Pattern Analyst, who is originally from Denmark, now  living in the Pacific NW,  who specializes in issues involving the archetype of gender.



1.  To articulate the classical Jungian perspective regarding the archetypal dominants of gender identity and development. This will include the work of Erich Neumann and Ester Harding.

2.  To develop a symbolic  approach  towards clients’ gender concerns, including issues concerning homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender and transvestism.

3. To  discuss the role of personal and psychodynamic issues in their clients’ clinical concerns (such as family, religious and cultural influences), while  also discussing how the teological –  forward moving – dynamics of          gender  concerns may be understood  as messages from their clients’ unconscious, helping them to develop a rich and more authentic life.


Neumann, E.  (1954).  “The Great Mother.” Origins and History of Consciousness. NJ: Princeton University Press, 39-101.

Rowland, S. (2002).  A Feminist Revision.   Cambridge, UK:  Polity Publishers.

Singer, J. (1976).  Androgyny: Toward a New Theory of Sexuality.  NY: Anchor Press/ Doubleday.

Stein, M. (2017) Where East meets West: In the house of individuation. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 62 (1):  67-87.

( 12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch break )


Rethinking Gender Issues
Manisha Roy, Ph.D., IAAP

1 pm – 4 pm

This presentation will address Jung’s theory of the contrasexual archetypes and demonstrate how his theory can be understood as a an early contribution to the understanding of the complexities of gender identity.  We will explore in what way this gender ‘otherness’ in each of us manifests itself in projection, relationship and the individuation process. The presentation will focus on the  dynamics  of this developmental process in the lives of women, based on Dr. Roy’s recently published book Women: Stereotypes and Archetypes. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate the how a woman’s relationship to the contrasexual archetype impacts the course of her development.


  1. To understand Jung’s theory of the contrasexual archetypes.
  1.  To understand how Jung’s theory of the contrasexual archetypes can contribute to an understanding of the development of gender identity and the process of individuation for women in co ntemporary western society.
  1. To understand how ‘contrasexual’ projections influence the basic male-female relationships in everyday life as well as in transference and counter-transference dynamics in analytical relationship.
  1. Based on Jung’s framework, to learn how to work effectively with patients with developmental issues connected to gender identity.


Clark, A. (2017) Unconscious choice: the dissociation of creative animus among writers and psychotherapists.  Journal of Analytical Psychology, 62,5, 710-719.

Colman, Warren (1996) Aspects of Anima and Animus in Oedipal Development.  Journal of Analytical Psychology, 41 (1), 37-57.

Takenada, N. (2016) The realization of absolute beauty: An interpretation of the fairytale Snow White.  Journal of Analytical Psychology, 61, 4, 497-514.



Saturday, January 11, 2020

Down the Rabbit Hole of Gender: a theoretical and clinical exploration
Susan Mckenzie, M.S., IAAP

9 am – 12 pm

“The one after another (binary) is a bearable prelude to the deeper knowledge of the side by side, for this is an incomparably more difficult problem” (Jung 1963, para. 206)

In my presentation we will explore the multiplicity of current gender presentations with a background look at societal factors across cultures and times that have shaped collective beliefs about gender; and how those beliefs and related family attachment dynamics impact our ability to embrace gendered feelings that don’t conform to the environment in which we grow and live. Clinical stories of individuals struggling to claim their gendered selves will put flesh on these explorations.

As a Jungian Analyst I carry a fascination with the individual story, a curiosity about the collective story, and a desire to connect it all to the notion of destiny.  I believe that the struggle to understand non-binary gender identities is a psychological step on the way to the urgent need to live in a side by side-non binary-relationship with all life forms and the flowing elements that support them; without this psychological evolution we will have no destiny in this planetary microcosm.



       1.  To explore and understand the historical, cultural and, psychological precursors to contemporary non binary gender presentations.

       2.  To explore Jung’s contribution to our 21stcentury research on emergent gender.

        3. To  gain understanding and work with non-normative gender issues.


Harris, A. (2005). Gender as Soft Assembly. Hillsdale & London: The Analytic Press.

McKenzie, S. (2006). Queering gender: Anima/animus and the paradigm of emergence.  Journal of Analytical Psychology. 51(3), 401-421.

Roscoe, W. (1998).  Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America.  New York: St.


(12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch break )


A Gender-Fluid Model of Individuation from Egyptian Mythology
Karen A. Smyers, Ph.D., IAAP

1 pm – 4 pm

The key idea in Jungian psychology is individuation, the process by which a person brings together various oppositions between conscious and previously unconscious aspects of the personality. The basic metaphors used by Jung to describe this process are marriage or sexual union, the coming together of male and female into a new whole, a “mysterium coniunctionis.” But is this model germane in a world where both sexuality and gender have radically opened up? What used to be a simple opposition has now exploded into a whole spectrum of possibilities. This feels more correct psychologically, as it allows for more subtle “tuning” of what will be “other” to the ego position.
Where are the numinous symbols that might guide 21st century complexly gendered (or merely complex) persons in this quest? Ancient Egyptian mythology resonates well with Jungian notions with its images of balanced oppositions, and includes an active feminine and passive masculine, a sky mother and earth father, a same-sex coniunctio within a contrasexual coniunctio emphasizing the resulting birth. Recent Egyptological scholarship has uncovered a surprising process of transfiguration for women that is not merely the same or opposite that of men’s, but that includes a unique period of “gender fluidity.”


  1. To understand the anima/animus model of Jungian individuation and its critiques.
  2. To learn about the importance of the opposites in both Jungian theory and ancient Egyptian philosophy.
  3. To become familiar with the central (Heliopolitan) gods of Egypt and the key model of the cosmos that distinguishes creation from non-existence.
  4. To recognize clinical situations in which a gendered model of individuation is inadequate or unnecessary, and have alternative models available.


Cole, E. (2013). The gendered individual in Funerary Papyri of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods,  Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 49, 205-218. [Note that transfiguration was fluidlygendered for most of Egyptian history and only became separately gendered under foreign influence]

Marchiano, L. (2017). Outbreak: On transgender teens and psychic epidemics, Psychological Perspectives, 60, 345-366. [Considers the dangers of literalizing a symbol too quickly]

Matić, U. (2016). Gender in ancient Egypt: Norms, ambiguities, and sensualities, Near Eastern archaeology, 79, 174-182. [Brief summary of the latest research on gender in ancient Egypt]

Pinch, G. (2002). Egyptian Mythology: A guide to the gods, goddesses, and traditions of ancient Egypt.[Handbook of Egyptian Mythology]. Oxford University Press. [Solid and reliable information about the gods, with some insightful psychological interpretations]

Schweizer, A. (2010). The Sungod’s Journey Through the Netherworld: Reading the Ancient Egyptian Amduat. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. [Jungian study of the Amduat]


Winter Clinical Intensive 2020 Faculty:


Dr Michael Conforti, Ph.D., IAAP, is a Jungian Analyst and Founder/Director of the Assisi Institute: The International Center for the Study of Archetypal Patterns.   He  is a pioneer in the field of matter- psyche studies, and  lectures nationally and internationally including;  Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, and Ecuador.

Susan McKenzie, M.S., IAAP, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in White River Junction, Vermont.  She is a faculty member of the Boston Jung Institute and has lectured and published on post-Jungian theory of gender and sexuality.

Manisha Roy, PhD, IAAP, trained in C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland as a Jungian analyst after retiring from a associate professorship in anthropology. She has published 39 articles and 11 books, three of which are fiction, three memoirs and three are co-edited. Her first book Bengali Women went through two prints and two editions and is a text in many Women’s Studies’ departments of various universities. She writes in two languages. Dr. Roy has lectured in many countries of the world including 49 cities and has been at the faculty of the Jung Institute of Boston and in private practice in Cambridge since 1985.

Karen A. Smyers, Ph.D., IAAP,  is a Jungian Analyst with a practice in Northampton, MA. She trained in Zurich at both the Jung Institute and the International School of Analytical Psychology and graduated from ISAP in 2007. Prior to her Jungian training she was an Associate Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She has taught at the Boston Jung Institute and at ISAP-Zurich, lectures often for the Jung Association of Western Massachusetts, and is currently working on her book, Transfigured Being: A Gender-Fluid Model of Jungian Individuation from Ancient Egyptian Mythology.


January 10-11, 2020
9:00 am-4:00 pm
(Snow dates, January 25-26)


$250 for clinicians
$125 for students


CG Jung Institute

11 Psychology, MHC, and SW CEs offered


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