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The Archetype of the Outsider:
Fragmentation and Containment in a Shrinking World


In this “global age” of limited resources, we struggle for self- and species-survival while witnessing the demise of integral cultures and local economies. We observe unprecedented waves of human migration and an alarming escalation of communal warfare. At the same time, we collectively awaken to the interconnections in nature and between people of disparate cultural origins. We witness a rising esprit of global consciousness. Encounters with the strange and the estranged activate powerful unconscious processes. In individuals and in groups, an unraveling of established structures inevitably unleashes reactionary archetypal forces. We will view the constructive and destructive responses to our changing world as polarities stemming from the outsider archetype, the archetype organizing the dynamics of inclusion, exclusion, and psychic transformation.


Date:   Friday, March 4th, 2011

Place:  The Academy House (Lower Level)
           1420 Locust Street
           Philadelphia, PA 19102

  1:00pm-5:00pm (Registration & Light Lunch at 12:30)

Learning Objectives: Upon Completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify cultural, political and archetypal elements from the group unconscious in individual psychotherapy.

  2. Track the appearance of the “outsider” image in dream and fantasy during treatment.

  3. Apply specific techniques to the analysis of group archetypal dynamics in the individual.

  4. Identify the regressive and prospective functions of the archetype of the “outsider.”

Presenter: Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D. is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. She earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. A former Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, and clinical practice. Her book, Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception was published in 2006 by Routledge Press.

CE Credits
This activity is being co-sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and The Philadelphia Jungian Professional Club. NAAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. NAAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program provides four (4) hours of CE credits for Psychologists and Social Worker Board licensees..

FEES: $125 (Enrollment is limited.)
Participants requesting CE credits will be charged an additional $20 ($5 for each credit).

To register, go to http://www.thejungclub.com.  Print out registration form and mail with check to;

      PPS, c/o Dr. Marion Rudin Frank,

      250 S.17th Street, Suite 101,

      Phila.Pa. 19103.

      Or call 215-545-7800