Friends of Jung-South (FOJS) was founded in the early 1970s in Birmingham, Alabama, sparked by the interest of people who wanted to learn more about the teachings of Swiss psychoanalyst, Dr. C. G. Jung. In the pioneering days of discovering the unconscious, Jung was a member of Freud's inner circle. Using the Freudian foundation, Jung responded to his own growing understanding of the unconscious. In developing his own ideas, he went on to found the school of depth psychology known as analytical psychology.
FOJS patterned its organization and name after the Friends of Jung group in San Diego, California. Some of the early leaders were Anne Sharman, Robert Collins, Valerie Peake, Glenda Elliott, Frances Tucker and Marion Johnson.
FOJS was the first Jungian organization in the Southeast and drew participants from all surrounding states, with program attendance sometimes exceeding 800 people. Speakers in those beginning years included such luminaries as June Singer, Al Huang, Jan Clanton, Tom Kapazinski, Brad Tapaski, Robert Woolger, and Jean Shinoda Bolin.
FOJS has served as a mentoring organization, fostering the growth of Jungian psychology throughout the Southeast.
In 1980, Dr. Jan Clanton Collins, a Jungian analyst practicing in San Diego, CA, was invited to speak to the FOJS group. Soon she became the first Jungian analyst to locate in Birmingham. In 1981, upon completing their training at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Drs. Gene Qualls and Nancy Qualls-Corbett relocated to Birmingham and began their practices. In 1997, following her Zurich training, Dr. Jutta von Buchholtz returned to Birmingham and began her practice. Lucie Magnus, a Birmingham native, completed her training with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and also practices in Birmingham. Additionally, three women from the Birmingham area are currently in analytic training. Melissa Werner, PhD, is a Diploma Candidate in the Child, Adolescent and Adult program at the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich. Anna Dudley, LCSW, is a Training Candidate in the Adult program at the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich. Kathy Avsar is a Training Candidate in the Adult program, Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts.
FOJS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated by a Board of Directors that is elected yearly at the annual business meeting. The board members divide the work of planning and hosting meetings among themselves. Current board members are Kathy Avsar, Kathryn Bowden, Chris Chirino, Anna Dudley, Glenda Elliott, Brenda Jacklin, Andrea Mathews, Jane Philips, Annette Reynolds, Sam Ryals, Virginia Seibels and Melissa Werner. Sally Speaker serves as Treasurer. Analysts Lucie Magnus, Nancy Qualls-Corbett and Jutta von Buchholtz serve as advisors to the board.
Notable speakers in the national and international Jungian community are sponsored in Birmingham by FOJS at two or three events each year. These events include a Friday evening lecture followed by a Saturday workshop. Additional programs are sometimes offered for weekday attendance. NBCC credit is offered for all sessions.
Annual membership dues are $20. Members support the continuing mission of FOJS, and enjoy the camaraderie of a regional group of others with shared interests. Discounted rates for events are offered to members.