History of the Analytical Psychology Society of Western New York
The Analytical Psychology Society of Western New York (APSWNY) began as a Centerpoint Study Group, originally created by The Rev. Elsom Eldridge and Chandler Brown, Director and Associate Director of the Educational Center in St. Louis, Missouri. They were convinced that an understanding of the collective unconscious and the individual psyche enriched lives. To make available their discovery of the natural harmony between C. G. Jung’s ideas and their innovative approach to education, they developed coursework in a user-friendly format for individual and small group interactions. Centerpoint groups met for several years at Trinity Church, and a few of its members founded and incorporated APSWNY in 1976.
Paul K. Kugler, Ph.D., a diploma candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, began teaching classes at SUNY-Buffalo and later at APSWNY at the Firehouse on Cleveland Avenue. Instrumental in contacting noted Jungian Analysts and scholars, Paul introduced the group to David L. Miller, James Hillman, Patricia Berry, Stan Marlon, Ginette Paris, as well as many other scholars, artists and poets.
Exciting days were ahead as APSWNY hosted its first conference, which took place in Niagara Falls in January of 1979: The Lunatic, the Lobe, and the Poet: A Conference on the Relationship of Psychiatry and Archetypal Psychology. Another took place in Buffalo in November, 1980: Anima, Anima, Animation: the Poetic and Bestial Faces of the Soul. Another outstanding event, A Farewell to Welfare, presented by renowned Archetypal Psychologist James Hillman, was held at Kleinhans Music Hall in November 1997, made possible by a grant from the WNY Foundation.
In 1989, the ground floor of 408 Franklin Street became our home for 25 years. Interested students and many members and friends continued to attend workshops and lectures by Jungian Analysts and scholars, an array of exciting educational presentations by local speakers, cultural arts presentations, and the Study Group on the Feminine, started 40 years ago by the late Barbara Moot and currently guided by Arlene Miles as the Women’s Study Group. With the advent of the Allentown First Friday gallery walk, the C.G. Jung Center, which had displayed the work of local artists to program attendees for years, became an official and regular stop for a wider public audience, hosting six solo/group exhibitions per year and incorporating artist’s talks as an essential part of our exploration of psyche.
Today, the Jung Center Buffalo at Trinity continues to offer programming with the goal of deepening our understanding of psyche and humankind’s place in collective consciousness, to enrich the lives of those in and around Western New York.