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Foundational Courses

Foundational Courses

The Psychoanalytic Perspectives: Roots & Branches initiative, made possible through an Alliance Special Initiatives Grant and the Alliance Education Committee, is thrilled to sponsor an ongoing two-year series of Foundational Courses designed to highlight key figures and concepts from Freud up through the present day.

Designed for students and those in their first decades of practice, though of interest to therapists at all levels, this series seeks to ground participants in particular traditions, models, and language by considering many significant developments in psychoanalytic thought and practice from our highly textured heritage.

Series Details

Remaining classes in the current cycle:

Psychoanalytic Perspectives: Roots & Branches
Foundational Courses, Spring, 2016

Class One:

Saturday, March 5, 9am – 1pm

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
2501 Elliott Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Key Figures: Carl Gustav Jung

Key Concepts: Mytho-poetic Psyche / ‘Prospective’ Interpretation of Dreams / Complexes / Transcendent Function /Active Imagination / Independence of the Unconscious / 'Creative Illness' / Contemporary ideas in Analytical Psychology

Instructor: Ken Kimmel, Jungian Analyst

Four hours cannot begin to cover the wide breadth of Jung’s sixty years of collective work. Instead, I will speak about elements of Jung’s life that have most impacted the evolution in my own work. For instance, we’ll discuss the historical and cultural context in which he lived. What we call today, ‘object relations,’ ‘the inter-subjective field,’ ‘the relational school,’ ‘self psychology,’ ‘deconstruction,’ and ‘eco-psychology’, were clearly evident in his early clinical formulations. His most accessible writing, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, contains clinical examples that illuminate his primary ideas on the unconscious, creativity, dreams, and soul. Excerpts from the famous BBC interview, two years before his death, offers us a glimpse into the spirit of the man.

Brief readings will be the basis of our discussions, and will be sent to those participants who register in advance of the seminar. Early registration is highly encouraged, so be sure to include your email address in your registration. Two short papers are currently available for download here, entitled, "Intro to Jung's Life & Work," and "Jung as a Pioneer of Relational Analysis."

Kenneth Kimmel is a Jungian psychoanalyst, author, and teacher. He is a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and co-founder of the New School for Analytical Psychology. He served as chair for the Seattle InterInstitute Committee, and was a plenary speaker at the most recent Alliance Forum. He has authored Eros and the Shattering Gaze—Transcending Narcissism, (Fisher King Press, 2011.) Ken has engaged in a twenty year-long study of the interface between contemporary psychoanalysis, philosophy and mystical traditions. He can be reached at

Suggested Reading:  Jung’s The Relations Between the Ego and the Unconscious, the second of the Two Essays on Analytical Psychology.

Class Two and Three:

Saturday, April 2, 9am – 1pm
Saturday, May 7, 9am – 1pm

The May Lacan course will further develop the ideas presented in April, so participants are encouraged to take both. In addition, there are readings that will be sent to those participants who register in advance, so early registration is encouraged. You may contact the instructor, Sharon R. Green, if you have questions about the seminar or the readings. Her email is

Location for Class 2:
The Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 6
2800 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Location for Class 3:
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
2501 Elliott Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Key Figures: Jacgues Lacan – Psychoanalytic Renegade

Key Concepts: The Subject, Language and Lack / The Ego and the Mirror Stage / The Three Registers of Psychical Subjectivity: the Real, the Imaginary, & the Symbolic / The Big Other / Shame, the Symptom and the Sinthome.

Instructor: Sharon Green, PhD

Why study Lacan? Jacques Lacan was one of the foremost intellectuals of the 20th century as well as one of the most controversial. He started his career as a psychiatrist working with psychotic patients in the 1920s; he has said that this path led him to psychoanalysis. He became a Freudian analyst and a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). In the 1950s, Lacan feared that Anglo-American ego psychology was a betrayal of Freud’s vision. Lacan called for a “return to Freud” and portrayed himself as a defender of Freud’s ideas.

Along with the writings of Freud, a wide range of ideas including surrealism, French structuralism, linguistics, phenomenology and philosophy influenced Lacan’s thinking. In 1963, Lacan was forced out of the IPA for his ‘unorthodox’ methods. However, this traumatic blow prompted him to forge his own original distinctive Lacanian ideas and terms. Lacan’s theory of the registers of the Imaginary, Symbolic and the Real can be thought of as the three fundamental dimensions of his vision of psychical subjectivity.  Lacan was also concerned about the singular subject’s relationship to the collective, which he called ‘the Big Other’.

Whether one sees Lacan as an angel or a demon, he was a major postmodern influence on the fields of philosophy, literature, art, film studies, feminism, anthropology, geography, and more. But most crucially, Lacan’s work is deeply rooted in the clinical practice of psychoanalysis. Lacan, like other major 20th century thinkers, was grappling with the nature of psychoanalysis, subjectivity, and otherness in a post-Holocaust world. His work is deeply ethical and speaks to many of our contemporary crises.  Approaching Lacan can be difficult, but it is an adventure well worth undertaking!

Sharon R. Green is a founding member of the New School for Analytical Psychology and the Seattle Lacan Study Group. She is a psychoanalyst who practices, teaches and consults in Seattle and is an analyst member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology.  Sharon also earned the Center for Object Relation’s four-year certificate in British Object Relations Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.  Sharon’s ongoing interests include the ethics of psychoanalysis and the intersection of art, literature, philosophy, and psychoanalytic praxis.  Sharon has presented at numerous international conferences, and her articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Analytical Psychology.

The Alliance Education Committee would like to sponsor another cycle of Roots & Branches Foundational Courses, beginning with Freud and journeying through to contemporary schools of thought, possibly to begin in the Fall of 2017. If you are interested in joining the committee to provide leadership for the next cycle of this series, please contact committee chairs Julie Freyberg ( or Ginger White (


Semester Package (all three classes)

$135 (non member)
$105 (member)
$75 (student)

Individual Class

$50 (non member)
$40 (member)
$30 (student)
(+$10 per class at the door)


While you may attend an individual class in this series at any point, the facilitators highly suggest registering for at least a full semester of classes at a time for maximum benefit. 4.0 hours of CEU credits are available for each class. Preregistration advised. All sales final. Refunds not available.

Walk-ins are also welcome, but there is an extra $10 fee at the door.

To access the registration page for this series, click here