Jungian Process & Experiential Group (JPEG)

This is a monthly on-going learning experience programme

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” Carl Jung

This exciting programme aims to meet the following interests of participants:

  • On-going personal development and exploration with like-minded people through exploring Analytical Psychology
  • Exploring the possibility of applying for the twice weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy training or the Adult Analytic training
  • General exploration of concepts in Analytical Psychology through reading, discussion, debate, process and experience

JPEG Programme 2023-24

Creativity and Play: In search of Self throughout life.

“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self”.          

(Winnicott, 1971)                                                                                

Creativity and play form the heart, the locus, of our development and being. Yet in the face of adult life, with all of the emotional, environmental and political challenges of these times, how do we, as therapists, maintain a space in which creativity and play can thrive? How do we play with our patients and remain creative within ourselves? 

Jung’s interest in the psyche’s purposive and creative energy often focused on dreams leading the way in this process of growth and individuation; reconnecting  the disconnected parts of Self in the interest of discovering new possibilities. Play forms a crucial component of this discovery within the therapeutic encounter, and our ability to remain open to playfulness, with all of the challenges that external life throws at us in this post pandemic, politically charged, oftentimes destabilising world is something that we will consider. 

This series of JPEG explores the locus of creativity and play within ourselves, our communities and in our therapeutic work. Each month we will explore aspects of creativity and play – with analytic articles combined with art, music and words, to consider our personal and collective response to the place of creativity and play within our internal and external world. The group offers a space for playing together; bringing together a social dreaming matrix with space for reflection and play within the context of the group. 

In September the group will start with exploring creativity and play at the beginning of life and we’ll continue with monthly readings and videos on different aspects of creativity and play throughout the lifespan. Weaving through the course we consider the aspects of play and creativity in Jung’s writings, and we invite you to join us in an exploration of how this links to your own experience in the world. 

Format: JPEG meetings are held on a Saturday afternoon once a month in person at the SAP.

2.00 – 3.15pm: social dreaming matrix
3.15 – 3.30pm: break
3.30 – 4.00pm: dream reflections
4.00 – 4.30pm: small group discussions
4.30 – 5.00pm: large group – feedback and discussion

Entry requirement: The course is open to:

  • Past participants of the Foundations Course & Therapeutic Skills Course
  • Participants of previous JPEG groups
  • Current SAP trainees and course participants
  • Other individuals who have done an equivalent introductory course.

you can download an application JPEG 2023-2024 here.

Application deadline for 2022-23: 4 September 2023

For further information or clarifications, please contact publicevents@thesap.org.uk call 020 7435 7696 or fill in the contact form below.

We reserve the right to cancel or alter any part of the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.



    Ali Zarbafi is a Jungian Analyst with 25 years clinical experience in the NHS and private practice. He is founder member of the Multi-lingual Psychotherapy Centre and co-author of ‘Social Dreaming in the 20th Century: The world we are losing’.  Ali has also edited ‘Mother Tongues and Other Tongues: Narratives in Multi-lingual Psychotherapy’ with Shula Wilson”.