Image-based Psychotherapy Two-year Study Courses

Studies in Archetypal Psychotherapy

Tamboo Institute offers formal, structured two-year  courses in Jungian and Archetypal (Imaginal) Psychology and Conscious Body Process Work. The initial Foundation Course 2-year cycle (A1&A2) is open for students who have completed the foundation workshop cycle and who wish to continue and deepen their studies. This course is complete in itself and offers comprehensive basic teachings in general and Jungian Psychology and Archetypal Therapies. The current course runs from 2017 though 2018. The next course is scheduled to start in 2019.

The Intermediate Course (A3 &A4) is a further study programme that follows the Foundation Course. This is open to those students who wish to take their learning and practices further and for whom additional studies are appropriate. The current A3 course was begun in 2017 and the A4 will continue in 2018. A new A3 group will initiate in 2019.

Additional and specialised study courses are also offered for practitioners and therapists.

The Foundation Course requires physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dedication. It involves research, extensive reading, private study and numerous written papers, as well as attending 5-day residential study courses four times during the year, over the two year cycle. It is also required that every student continue with personal therapy, as a basic ‘training analysis’, for the entire two year period and participating in ‘Interactive Group’ work is encouraged. The minimum entry requirement would be some of the foundation workshops, an agreement to continue with the more advanced workshops when possible, an undertaking to apply or to deepen the application of basic practices in everyday life, a personal assessment with us and the commitment to all the above study requirements.

The curriculum explores many of the more advanced contemporary insights into and understandings of human consciousness. This is applied especially to the fields of psychological philosophy and practice, art and creativity, the construction of memory and identity, the dynamics of intimacy and the development and implications of the encounter with the Divine.

The course includes a detailed exploration of writings of C G Jung, the theory and practice of psychotherapy and especially the post-Jungian teachings of James Hillman and Archetypal Psychology.

Subjects covered in the first year of study include: the study and applied practice of the work of relevant pioneers in psychotherapy; the history, methods and future of Western therapeutic practice; dream analysis and other varieties of Image-based work; an critical evaluation of ‘New Age’, clinical- and neuro-psychologies; understanding and treating all types of addiction; depression, ‘mental’ illness and the use of medication, emotional breakdowns, breakthroughs and spiritual emergencies; intimacy and relationship issues; sex therapies and sexual health; physical pathologies and body-based processes; art-therapies and other creative approaches; the place for physical health, yoga and other body-based practices; diet and health matters; world work and money; establishing a therapeutic practice and a support community; meditation and personal spiritual practice and numerous other topics. Most importantly, we begin to understand the transition from Jungian to Archetypal psychology and how this affects our personal lives and the practice of the art of therapy.

In the second year of study, psychological material is viewed through the ‘archetypal’ lens. Subjects explored include: examining transference and deepening therapy practice; perversions of desire and sexuality; God’s shadow and the nature of evil; suicide, mutilation and death; suffering, relationships and sustaining intimacy; chaos theory and archetypal structures of consciousness; psychopathology and illness; family dynamics, childhood and memory in the development of identity; creative imagination and the dialogue with the Divine.

On successful completion of this initial two year course, together with the other requirements, the student might have learned enough to be in a position to begin a basic practice in Imaginal Psychology. However, people study for different reasons. For most, the course is undertaken for their own development. For others, it is the additional desire to become a practicing psychotherapist. For this latter group, at the end of the second year of study, and as part of the course, you could be supported in beginning your practice as an Archetypal or Soul-based Therapist, with a few clients. The analysis of this work, based on your interactions with actual clients, with all the processes that arise within this practice, will form part of continuing work that includes mentoring, evaluation and support, while continuing with further study, practice and learning.

The Foundation course starts in February and runs through to December in each year. The first assignment and the basic material for that assignment will be made available to you by December of the preceding year. The actual dates and details of the lectures and group meetings can be found on the calendar. If you are interested in joining the next group and feel you can make the commitments required, please contact us to discuss details further.

The Intermediate course, which deals with Archetypal philosophy and practice in a more focused and detailed manner, is open to those students who have the right aptitude and ability for further studies. These studies, and the details of the A3 & A4 courses are discussed with students on completion of the A2 course.

For more information about this, please contact us. And remember to check the level of your sense of humour from time to time. It’s the oil in the vehicle of life.