Question 1: What is your background in Jungian psychology?
Cam: My contact with Jungian ideas began with the Swiss father of a violin student I was teaching almost 60 years ago. On his recommendation, I ordered what was then available of Jung’s ideas in English translation. It was tough going but I made copious notes and filled one loose leaf binder after another. I kept on reading and, as Jung’s Collected Works appeared, I bought each volume as it came out. When I had time, I read them.
Now. Fast forward to 1986. It’s mid-life (crisis?) time. I’d known for a long time that if I ever got jammed up there was a place to which I could turn: Jungian analysis. I was fortunate because Vancouver had Dr. Clare Buckland, an outstanding analyst. I began work with her over the course of the next five years, completing just over 200 hours of analysis. When she started the first Vancouver Jung Intensive Study Group in 1989 as a seminar for analysands, some of whom were considering applying for candidacy in a Jungian training program, she invited me to join. I was the token arts person in a group composed mainly of doctors, therapists, and social workers. The objective of the Study Group was to work through the 18 text volumes of the Collected Works as initial preparation for those interested in becoming certificated Jungian analysts. Although I decided not to apply for a Jungian training program, ($150,000 was quite a chunk at age 57), I did join BCACC (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors) on the basis of my analytical work with Dr. Buckland and 30 years of seminar counselling for prospective teachers at the University of British Columbia.