Currently, there are just approximately two thousand five hundred operational Jungian Psychotherapists in the whole universe. An individual can only qualify as a Jungian Psychotherapist after undergoing and fully completing the complex training program in Jungian Psychotherapy in addition to holding at least a Degree in Analytical Psychology, which must be obtained after completing the program in a well-known Jungian College. IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology) is the body mandated to accredit the Jungian Psychotherapist training institutions, whose degree has the same weight as a doctorate in general psychology or philosophy. It is always advisable for those interested in being Jungian Psychotherapists to first obtain a minimum of a master’s degree prior to their application for this training, a move assumed to be the pillar for extensive training of being an all-round and productive Jungian Psychotherapist. This special training is organized such that it needs at least 4 extra years depending on both the institution and the aspiring Jungian Psychotherapist.
Every individual interested in joining the world of Jungian Psychotherapy should be ready to learn, aside from the theories of general psychology, how to integrate the innovative expressions of conscious, e.g. mythology, interpretation of image and art, fairy tale and, dream work as well as several other relevant disciplines inclusive of ethnology and comparative religions. Furthermore, they should have the zeal and patience of taking lectures, seminars and tutorials for a minimum of 4 years comprising of a very comprehensive psychotherapist internship, 2 years observed clinical psychotherapy work, a well-written and defended thesis and a 2 phases of detailed oral exams. Definitely, a Jungian Psychotherapist is not just like any other therapist out there since their work entails what other might view as deeper penetration into human life with the intention of dealing with certain health complications.
The Jungian Psychotherapist training also insists on a serious individual evaluation that can last for as long as three hundred hours. This is supported strongly by Jung’s concept and statement: “We have learned to place in the foreground the personality of the doctor himself as a curative or harmful factor; what is now demanded is his own transformation – the self-education of the educator.” To confirm that Jung was serious with the concept of personal analysis when it comes to Jungian Psychotherapist training, we can further refer to his famous statement, “The doctor can no longer evade his own difficulty by treating the difficulties of others: the man who suffers from a running abscess is not fit to perform a surgical operation.”