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Lockdown Therapy: Jungian Perspectives on How the Lockdown Changed Psychoanalysis

March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 2023

5 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

What you will receive

  • 5 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
  • 5 Links to the Recordings
  • A Learning Resource Guide with additional material

Course Description

In 2020, COVID-19 unexpectedly plunged the world into a state of global crisis that ushered in both an unprecedented demand for mental health services as well as profound changes in the way psychotherapy was practiced. Global containment measures forced clinicians and therapists around the world to transform overnight from in person to entirely online practices. Now, over two and a half years later, many analysts continue to work remotely. From the perspective of psychoanalytic practice, the pandemic can be viewed as the greatest “natural social experiment” in contemporary memory. Today, even as new variants of COVID-19 continue to make headlines and pose challenges, it’s important to pause in order to reflect on how the methods, approaches and even, the soul of analysis may have been permanently altered.

This five-week Lunch Hour Learning Series is based on the book, edited by Stefano Carpani and Monica Luci, Lockdown Therapy: Jungian Perspectives on How the Pandemic Changed Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2022). Each 60 minute weekly learning session will explore the ways analytical psychologists and their clients reacted to this paradigmatic change in the therapeutic container. Internationally recognized analysts will also share their professional expertise on how the past two and a half years has influenced their understanding and application of the fundamental elements of psychoanalysis.  Incorporating real world case studies with their clients, they will reflect on the ways both the theory and practice of psychoanalysis may have been forever changed. Each learning session will include time for deepening into these themes with a community conversation with participants.

This course is ideal if

  • You are a student or practitioner of depth psychology, psychoanalysis, or a healer with an interest in a Jungian approach to working with musical symbolic processes.
  • You are a student or practitioner of depth psychology, psychoanalysis, or a healer who is looking to deepen your own work by integrating sound and acoustic symbols.
  • You are a Music-Lover who would like to deepen your relationship with the symbiotic musical ecosystem that surrounds you intrapsychically, interpersonal, and transpersonally.

Course Overview

Week #1:  Psychagogia & The Suspension of Certainties

Stefano Carpani, M.A., M.Phil

This first lecture will give an overview of the full course. Therefore, it will dive into – from the perspective both of analysts and their patients – how the COVID-19 pandemic quickly and unexpectedly created profound and lasting changes in the ways psychoanalysis is conducted, and what those changes mean for analysis to move forward. This lecture will specifically focus on the psychosocial reflections that the editors have developed in the introduction of the book, especially looking at the concepts of “suspension of certainties”, “psychagogia”, “against-video-analysis”, “new beginnings, “addictions and technology”, “the body”, “Vulnerability and Responsibility”, “The Outer and the Inner World”, “Illness and Death” and “The Task of Psychoanalysis Today”. These will be paralleled with the considerations done by authoritative Jungian authors in analytical psychology, who were interviewed during the earliest phase of lockdown (centered on themes of the pandemic, lockdown, and how each individual was coping with the challenges those circumstances brought on).

Week #2: Clinical Practice during and After the Pandemic

Monica Luci, Ph.D.

At the early time of the spread of the pandemic and the first measures to contain the contagion in various countries, the feeling in the psychoanalytic community was that psychoanalysis was irreversibly changing and some of those changes were transforming the concept of analysis in a lasting way. This lecture will provide an overview of the main clinical themes that the Jungian authors considered central at the time, such as the nature of the setting, the role of the body in the analysis, the loss of three-dimensionality in the analytic encounter, the greater symmetry between analyst and analysand, the alteration of the sense of time, the implicit rituals that accompany the analysis that normally go unnoticed, the role of subjectivity, the ethics of psychoanalysis. This lecture will try to deepen what we learned about the analytic process in that period from from the double point of view of the analytic couple. The volume that inspired this course, in fact, leaves room for anonymous contributions written by analysands, who have offered original and important insights on what happens in analysis in habitual and online conditions, and in exceptional moments of emergency. The lecture and discussion with the participants will not be a repetition of the themes of the book but a reflection starting from some interesting food for thought provided by the authors of chapters which will be expanded to more up-to-date themes of psychoanalysis.

Week #3:  What Does the Virus do to the Analytic Container?

Daniela Eulert-Fuchs, M.D., G. P.

Taking the unexpected and sudden termination of an analysis by a patient as a starting point, the author asks what impact the pandemic had on the analytic space and, in particular, on patients with early relational trauma.

The author speculates that the re-inscription of early experiences the therapy aims for, not only happens at a verbal level, but also implicitly at a non-verbal level. Her hypothesis is that the formation of new relational representations demands, at certain – vulnerable – points in analysis, sensory perception and presence. She suspects telecommunication does not allow for this in the same way as traditional in presence setting. She also questions whether the analyst’s analytic ability may have been reduced due to her unconscious fear of the virus and reflects on the possible impact of this factor on the analytic process.

She questions herself on the theme of the analytic space and feels that, in particular in times of the pandemic, it is important to create a symbolic vas that can stand fear and destruction, creating the container that helps to allow the rhythm and the melody of a therapy to develop, that is unique and characteristic of each analytic dyad.

Week #4:  An Analysis of the Analytic Ethic Reimagined Through Coronavirus

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, M.Div, Ph.D., L.P.

The convergence of the global pandemic caused by the novel Coronavirus, the rise of hate crimes across the globe, and the exposure of structural racism and white supremacy inherent in every aspect of daily life in America, call for a radical re-conceptualization of an ethical responsibility of the analyst in and out of her office. The lecturer proposes that one ethical response to our changing world is in a new formulation of the old analytic dictum, “The patient cannot go where the analyst has not gone.” Rather, she recognizes a dual asymmetry in the analytic relationship where the patient, affected by the events in the world, takes the analyst where the analyst unknowingly needs to go but has not yet been able to go, pressed further into the unknown as analyst and patient experience the events of the outer life contiguously, side by side. By interweaving the collective reality of the outer world with clinical vignettes, this lecture offers an analytic ethical response to the trauma through which we all have been and/or are living.

Week #5:  Saying “Goodbye” over Zoom: On Termination During Covid

Jon Mills, PsyD, Ph.D., ABPP

In a most personalized narrative, Jon Mills reflects on his career as a psychologist and psychoanalyst in his final days of terminating with his long-term analytic patients after he decided to retire from practice during the age of Covid-19. Personal meanings and style of work are accounted in an original way and show the role of subjectivity in analysis, especially in times of emergency. Some typical themes connected to termination emerged: ambivalence, abandonment, anxiety, anger, regression, feelings of loss and lack, and for a couple of people, relief – finally they could fly from the nest. The year helped structure the work, resistances were lessoned as the clock kept ticking toward the end. The author’s musings on the end of analysis, the nature of the client-therapist relationship, and the gift of mutual recognition are emphasized during the final session of therapy in an emotionally moving depiction of the termination process. During the final months, he accounts he had some beautiful interpersonal moments with his patients, reflecting on their life, growth, and their relationship, but he felt the final session produced the most moving personal experiences. All these ‘goodbyes’ occurring on the backdrop of the global Covid crisis.

By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To

  1. Identify the major components of contemporary, 21st Century, psychoanalytic practice.
  2. Gain a deeper view into the process of contemporary psychoanalytic practice as it is practiced in a post-pandemic world.
  3. Differentiate and analyze the factors to be considered in choosing to practice completely in-presence, on-line or a hybrid of these.
  4. Better understand how crisis influences transference and counter-transference dynamics in the therapeutic dyad
  5. Analyze the role of the body relative to therapeutic process.

CEC Learning Objectives

  • Identify four principles of contemporary, psychoanalytic practice.
  • Differentiate the clinical and practical dynamics of an in-presence vs. on-line practice.
  • Describe the ways crisis influences transference and counter-transference dynamics in the therapeutic dyad.
  • Analyze the role of the subjective experience of the analyst in times of shared emergency
  • Assess the manifestations of abandonment, anxiety and regression with regards to ethically terminating professional practice.
  • Assess the impact of the pandemic on patients with early relational trauma

What People Are Saying

“The pandemic has changed us all and we need tools to understand how. It is my belief that this book will make a lasting contribution to the understanding of how the pandemic changed the Jungian world and how creativity and profound reflectivity could help us all in finding new ways to continue the work. I am sure that the book will be of great value to our Jungian community.” – Misser Berg, IAAP President Elect

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Program Details


March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 2023
Noon – 1:00  PM PDT


  • $230 General Rate
  • $180 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $130 Pacifica Student Rate
  • $30.00 CECs (4 CEC hours)*

Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.

*Live attendance at all Zoom sessions is required for verification of CEC hours (no partial CEC Certificates are offered). Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs


About the Teachers

Stefano Carpani, M.A., M.Phil. is an Italian psychoanalyst trained at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zürich (accredited analyst CGJI-Z/IAAP) and a sociologist (post-graduate of the University of Cambridge). He graduated in Literature and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan. His Ph.D. thesis investigates the themes of Individuation and Individualization. He works in private practice in Berlin (DE) in English Italian and Spanish. He is the initiator of the YouTube interview series Breakfast at Küsnacht, Lockdown Theraphz and War as Reset. He is among the initiators of “Accogliere le ferrite di chi cura”, Psychosocial Wednesdays, and #TherapistforUkraine. He is the editor of Breakfast at Küsnacht: Conversations on C. G. Jung and Beyond (Chiron, 2020 – IAJS book award finalist, for “Best edited Book”); The Plural Turn in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies: The Work of Andrew Samuels (Routledge, 2021); Anthology of Contemporary Classics in Analytical psychology: The New Ancestors (Routledge, 2022); Individuation and Liberty in a Globalized World: Psychosocial Perspectives on Freedom after Freedom (Routledge, 2022); Lockdown Therapy: Jungian Perspectives on how the Pandemic Changed Psychoanalysis (with Dr Monica Luci, Routledge, 2022);

Monica Luci, Ph.D., is an Italian clinical psychologist, Jungian and relational psychoanalyst , works in private practice in Rome. In the field of trauma she collaborates with NGOs and national and international institutions and universities on research and psychotherapy with vulnerable migrants, especially survivors of torture, trafficked women and unaccompanied minors. Member of the Steering Group of Analysis & Activism and of the Editorial Board of Journal of Analytical Psychology, and of the Center for Trauma, Asylum ad Refugees of University of Essex, she speaks at national and international conferences and teaches in academic and professional contexts; and she is author, translator, and editor of publications on the themes of trauma, torture, displacement, collective violence, among which the monographs Torture, Psychoanalysis & Human Rights (Routledge, 2017) and Torture Survivors in Analytic Therapy: Jung, Politics and Culture (Routledge, 2022) with Stefano Carpani, Lockdown Therapy: Jungian Perspectives on How the Pandemic Changed Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2022). Fordham Prize 2018 for the JAP.

Daniela Eulert-Fuchs, M.D., G.P., is An Austrian paediatrician and neuropediatrician based and practicing in Vienna; she has a psychoanalytic practice for adults, infants, children and adolescents in Vienna, Austria. She is a training and supervising analyst for the Austrian Association of Analytical Psychology (ÖGAP). Active for many years in different psychotherapeutic and psychosomatic clinics and institutions, she has specialized in the work with infants and their caregivers. Daniela has a keen interest in exploring transference -countertransference dynamics and as well as in the influence of the analytical attitude in the analytic encounter.

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P. is a licensed psychoanalyst and certified Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. She is the author of History Through Trauma: History and Counter-History in the Hebrew Bible (2018, Wipf and Stock Publishers); as well as numerous articles and book chapters published at the intersection of studies in gender and sexuality, psychoanalysis, religion, and trauma. Dr. Houck-Loomis serves as a Faculty Member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York City.

Prof. Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP, is a philosopher, psychoanalyst, and retired clinical psychologist. He is Honorary Professor, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, Colchester, UK; Faculty, Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, NY; and Emeritus Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis, Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto, Canada. Recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship, he is the author and/or editor of over 25 books in psychoanalysis, philosophy, psychology, and cultural studies including Debating Relational Psychoanalysis: Jon Mills and his Critics (Routledge, 2020); Inventing God (Routledge, 2017); Underworlds: Philosophies of the Unconscious from Psychoanalysis to Metaphysics (Routledge, 2014); Conundrums: A Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2012); Origins: On the Genesis of Psychic Reality (McGill-Queens University Press, 2010); Treating Attachment Pathology (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005); The Unconscious Abyss: Hegel’s Anticipation of Psychoanalysis (State University of New York Press, 2002); and The Ontology of Prejudice (Rodopi, 1997). In 2015 he was given the Otto Weininger Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Canadian Psychological Association.

General Information


Hosted Online


Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.

Continuing Education Credit

This program meets qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 4 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177).  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for each program and its content.  Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Continuing Education Goal.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.  Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

CECs and Online Program Attendance: Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.

Registration Details

March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 2023

  • Number of Classes: 5 Classes
  • Class Length: 60 min.
  • Class Time: Noon – 1:00 PM PDT
  • Total Duration: 5 Hours
  • CECs: 5


Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.