Centerpoint and Vantage Point Study Groups
Individuals who wish to learn more about Jungian psychology or to deepen their relationship to the forces, patterns, and symbols of their inner world, may want to consider forming a Centerpoint or Vantage Point study group. Our organization traces its roots to Centerpoint groups formed over 30 years ago.
Centerpoint and Vantage Point are courses designed for individual study or small, leaderless groups of up to ten members. The user-friendly, self-paced materials draw from Jung's prolific writings as well as from the work of international leaders in the field. The purpose of the courses is to bring the wisdom of the inner world into dialogue with the reality of the outer world and our lives. Discussions are subjective and personal, and individuals are encouraged to share personal material only when and if they are comfortable doing so.
Those interested in starting a study group are welcome to place a signup sheet on the Gathering Table at OFJ events. The coordinator can then contact the other interested parties to determine the time and place for the initial organization meeting. Please note that all logistics and decisions are the responsibility of the individual groups. OFJ has no involvement with the study groups.
Centerpoint provides an expansive foundation of Jungian or Analytical Psychology. The course explores Jung's primary concepts--individuation, ego, persona, shadow, anima and animus, psychological types, dreams and mythology--in considerable depth. Comprised of 18 sessions, the course is recorded on nine CDs. The accompanying 230-page manual includes a glossary, diagram, and descriptions of the psyche, as well as complete transcripts.
About Vantage Point
Vantage Point follows the same self-governed structure as Centerpoint, and is the newest series of short courses, each distinct and independent of the others. Vantage Point courses are short (five to seven sessions), and build on a knowledge of basic Jungian concepts to explore dimensions of the personality, the imagery of mythology and religion, the world of dreams, and the dynamic relationship between consciousness and the unconscious. The content of each course is recorded on three compact discs and transcribed in a manual that includes suggested breaks and questions that stimulate critical thinking, reflection, and dialogue with the concepts.
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Some groups that started with Centerpoint have branched out and studied other readings and recordings. For example, one group studied James Hollis's CD lectures, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life. With the ever-increasing amount of materials available, each group can focus on what appeals most to its members.