April 25, 2020 ~ I Don’t Know What Possessed Me: Understanding the Criminal Mind

Renée M. Cunningham, MFT, Jungian Analyst & Donna Robinson, Ph.D., Forensic Psychologist

Program Description*:

Our culture seems to be captivated and intrigued by criminality.  One need only peruse current news channels or the myriad of available nightly television programs that offer glimpses into the criminal mind to see this expanding phenomenon in America.

Morning Session,
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Tekakwitha Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

(10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break)

The morning presentation will explore some of the biopsychosocial attempts to understand criminality with a particular emphasis on Carl Jung’s perspective of the collective unconscious, the shadow and archetypal patterns and energies that result in criminal behaviors. Donna Robinson will focus on forensic psychology and the assessment of psychopathology in profiling. Renee Cunningham will discuss criminality through a Jungian lens via one’s relationship to self and other through consciousness. Consciousness and a sense of conscience, two variants on awareness will be discussed at length throughout the day.


(12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch $15.00)


Afternoon Session:
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Tekakwitha Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

The afternoon presentation will amplify the morning content through film and fairytale examples.

(2:15 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Break)


This presentation is designed to help you:

1) Describe at least three ways in which criminality is currently conceptualized in America.

2) List the DSM-5 personality disorders that contribute to the clinical construct of psychopathy.

3) Recite common and divergent aspects of anti-social/criminal behaviors and psychopathy.

4) Demonstrate an understanding of C.G. Jung’s core concepts of the collective unconscious, the shadow and archetypes as they relate to the criminal mind.

5) Define the Jungian concepts of ego, shadow, archetype and complex as they relate to character structure formation

Speaker Bios:

Renee Cunningham, MFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Jungian Analyst in private practice, in Scottsdale Arizona. Renee is a member of Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts, and the International Association of Analytical Psychology. She has an upcoming book entitled: Archetypal Nonviolence, King, Jung and Culture, to be published in 2020 by Routledge Publications.

Dr. Robinson became a licensed psychologist in in California in 2000 and in Arizona in 2010.  She maintains a private practice in Phoenix where she conducts state and federal evaluations for competency to stand trial, mitigation reports, psychological evaluations, neuropsychological screening examinations, risk assessments and competency evaluations for the federal immigration court. She also provides expert testimony. 


* The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 5.0 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.


CEU recipients must be registered for the full day program in order to receive the 5.0 credits. Lunch at The Franciscan Renewal center is $15.00.