Aims and Goals

The Research and Training Centre in Depth Psychology came into being on 8th May, 1994 and became a foundation on 9th May.

The aims of the Centre are, on the one hand, to further research on the unconsious psyche as well as on the relationship between psyche and matter, and, on the other hand, to provide a training programme for qualified analysts. The training programme is also intended for those who are interested in combining research into the unconsious psyche with their present profession.

The Centre was founded in order to create a place where the autonomous psyche can be considered with total commitment. Both research and training are based upon the psychological findings of C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz and other related studies. It is also the aim of the Centre to foster the exchange of ideas, to promote discussion of findings, and to increase co- operation among researchers in both the Arts and Natural Sciences, as well as in other institutions.

The basis of the training programme is the student's personal analysis, in which both analyst and analysand focus on the manifestations of the objective psyche. On the basis of these manifestations (dreams, active imagination work and symbols), and the serious nature of creative work carried out by the analysand, the analyst assumes responsibility for the analysand's training. He recommends the analysand for acceptance into the programme and for all further stages of his studies, and his is the first signature on the candidate's final diploma.

For its part, the Centre is responsible for training and examinations. In the event that the Centre's steering committee and the personal analyst differ in their judgement of a candidate, any further decisions should be based upon the manifestations of the unconscious.

The training programme is intended to be open to those who are interested but are unable to spend prolonged periods of time in Switzerland, and for people who have professional and family commitments. The training programme is basically open to academics from all fields.

Only candidates who can provide documentary evidence of an academic degree (Ph.D, Master's degree or an equivalent) will be awarded a diploma. Exceptions to this rule will be decided on by the steering committee. In awarding the diploma, the Centre certifies that the recipient is entitled to work as an analyst. It does not, however, guarantee the possibility to practise in one specific country or one specific place. The fulfilling of the legal requirements in the place where someone wishes to practise remains the personal responsibility of the individual.

Together with the guidance of qualified professionals, research, teaching and practical training are the means by which the Centre aims to achieve its goals.