Dennis L. Merritt, Ph.D.          Curriculum Vitae

Jungian Analyst, Ecopsychologist
Sandplay Therapist, LCSW, MA, SC 

The Integral Psychology Center The Cambridge Group

1619 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 255-9330 ext. 5
Fax: (608) 255-7810

6110 N. Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI  53217

(414) 332-7400 ext. 114
Fax: (414) 963-6866


Formal Education:

  • Diplomate. C. G. Jung Institute of Analytical Psychology, Zurich, Switzerland.
    (determined to be the equivalent to a Ph.D. in Psychology in America)
  • M.A.   Humanistic Psychology-Clinical, Sonoma State University, California.
  • Ph.D.   Insect Pathology, University of California-Berkeley.
  • M.S.    Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • B.S.     Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professional Experience and Affiliations:

  • Faculty. C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. 1996-present
  • Assistant Professor. Department of Socio-Cultural Studies,  Institute of the Southwest. 1999
  • Training Analyst. Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts-Minnesota Center. 1997-98
  • Jungian Analyst practicing at The Integral Psychology Center, Madison, Wisconsin (1983 - present) and The Cambridge Group, Glendale in Milwaukee Co. (2007-present): Wisconsin State Certified Outpatient Mental Health Clinics.
  • Member:  International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP)
  • Member:  Association of Graduates of Analytical Psychology (AGAP)
  • Member:  Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts
  • Wisconsin Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Member:  Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educators


Keynote Speaker:

  • Institute of the Southwest, Graduate Program in Film Studies. 1999
    Film, Nature and Spirit.  Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educators Conference. 1998
    The Psychological, Spiritual and Mythical Dimensions of Winter
    University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Tomahawk, WI

Invited Speaker:

  • C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle, NC. 2011
    Entering the Tao by Traversing a Landscape (workshop)
    A Jungian Ecopsychological Approach to our Educational System
  • Journey Conferences: Moving Towards Wholeness.  2011
    Find Your Spirit Animal in Dreams
    Sense of Place and Aphrodite as the Soul of the World (pre-conference)
  • Journey Conferences: Moving Towards Wholeness.  2007
    Coming Soon to Your Planet—Apocalypse Now!
    Seeing Jesus With New Eyes. Greensboro, NC
  • Aspen Global Change Institute. 2006
    A Jungian Ecopsychology. Aspen, CO
  • The Power of Myth Series, Wisconsin Humanities Council. 2002
    Star Wars and the Hero's Adventure. Waukesha Public Library, WI
  • Midwest Environmental Education Conference. 1997
    Seasons of the Soul--Weather, Climate and the Psyche. Madison, WI.
  • 23rd Natural Areas, Indiana Dunes Ecosystems and 15th North American Prairie Conferences. 1996
    The Greening of Psychology and Education. St. Charles, IL             

Lead Presenter:  

  • Symposium on the Natural World and its Literatures:   
    This Experiment of Green. 1994
    New Approaches to Environmental Education. UW-Whitewater, WI
Invited Panel Presenter:
  • Art, Healing and Therapy. 1996. Faculty of Art Therapists Program, Edgewood College, Madison, WI.
  • A Challenge for Men: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover. 1992
    A three-day conference for men on a range of issues.
    Department of Health and Human Issues, Division of University Outreach, UW-Madison, WI
    Title:  Stewards of the Earth.
Selected Presenter:
  • 25th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). 2009
    Dreamweavings of Science, Spirituality and Nature
    Dreams of the Earth and its Seasons (workshop). Chicago, IL
  • 20th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). 2003
    Dreams of Animals and the Environment for Healing and Sense of Place. Berkeley, CA
  • 19th Annual International Conference of the Association for the Study of Dreams (ASD). 2002
    Appointment With The Wise Old Dog  or  On Death and Life After Death: Jung’s Perspective
    Tufts University, Boston, MA
  • The 4th North American Symposium on Society and Resource Management. 1992
    A New Approach to Environmental Education. UW-Madison, WI

Grant Awards:

  • Ann and Erlo Van Waveren Foundation, New York
    Support for the Spirit in the Land  Summer Institute 1992
  • FY93 SERC/WISCONSIN program. Strategies for Effective Schools
    (Implemented 1992/93 via telecommunication. University of Wisconsin--Continuing Education Extension, Madison. 1991
    Title: New Approaches for Environmental Education        

Administrative Experience:

  • Director:  The Spirit in the Land: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Education.  A conference for teachers. UW-Madison Extension/Department of Education. 1994
  • Workshop Coordinator: Satellite Educational Resources Consortium (SERC) 92/93. Tele-workshops on New Approaches to Environmental Education - national teacher in-service. 1992-1993
  • Director: Education for the 21st Century. Annual Summer Institute--
    Spirit in the Land, Spirit in Animals, Spirit in People.    
    Department of Public Instruction.  37 equivalent clock hours of credit. 1991-1992

Teaching Experience:

  • Numerous (over 150) invited courses, lectures and workshops throughout the United States. 1983-present. See "Courses, Lectures and Workshops" in the Menu.
  • Clinical applications course for psychoanalytic trainees, Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts, Minnesota Training Program. 1997-1998
  • A Jungian Perspective on Higher Education in America
    Sacramento State University, California. Department of Education. 1988
  • Courses on Jungian Psychology. UW-Madison Extension (credit). 1983-1988        
  • Sandplay Therapy
    UW-Madison Department of Educational Psychology. 1984
    UW-Madison Department of Social Studies. 1984, 1988
    Mendota Mental Health Institute staff. Madison, WI. 1984
  • High School Biology and Advanced Placement Biology. Rosenberg Institute, St. Gallen, Switzerland. 1978-1981

Professional Supervision:

  • Supervisor: Control Case discussions, Minnesota Jung Institute. 1997-1998
  • Masters degree student, Antioch College. 1987-1989
  • Bachelors degree student, Antioch College. 1985-1987


  • Credited. Group Health H.M.O. psychologist. 1989
  • Co-consult with a Jungian Psychoanalyst. 1983-1989

Publications (Selected):

  • 2010 Merritt, D.L.
    A Jungian Perspective on Ecopsychology.
    In ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Change 31(3,4): 65-70.
  • 2008
    Sacred Landscapes, Sacred Seasons: A Jungian Ecopsychological Perspective.
    In George Nash and George Children, eds. The Archaeology of Semiotics and the Social Order of Things.
    BAR International Series 1833. Archaeopress: Oxford.
  • 2001
    The Use of the I Ching in an Analytic Setting.
    In Shen, H., ed. Jungian Psychology and Chinese Culture. Papers from 1st International Conference of Jungian Psychology and Chinese Culture.
    Oriental Publications: Beijing, China.

  • 2001
    Use of the I Ching in the Analytic Setting
    Quadrant  Vol. XXXI:2 Summer. Journal of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology.
  • 1996
    Jung and the Greening of Psychology and Education
    Oregon Friends of C. G. Jung Vol. 5:3.        
  • 1996
    The Greening of Psychology and Education
    Proceedings: 23rd Natural Areas, Indiana Dunes Ecosystems and 15th North American Prairie Conferences, Illinois.
  • 1994
    The Soul of Glacier Country.
    Mythos Journal Vol. 1:2, 33-37. Minneapolis, MN. 
  • 1992
    A New Approach to Environmental Education.
    The 4th North American Symposium on Society and Resource Management, UW-Madison.
  • 1989   
    Jungian Psychology and Science --A Strained Relationship.
    The Analytic Life. Sigo Press: Boston.


  • Merritt, D.L.  2012         
    The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe: Jung, Hermes and Ecopsychology. Volume 1: Jung and Ecopsychology.
    Fisher King Press: Carmel, CA.

In Progress:

  • Merritt, D.L.
    Volume 2: The Cry of Merlin—Jung as the Prototypical Ecopsychologist
    Volume 3: Hermes and the Cows—Hermes, Ecopsychology, and Complexity Theory
    Volume 4: An Archetypal View of the Land, Weather, Seasons, and the Planet of the Insect


  • Merritt, D. L. and Botez, L. 1998
    Seasons of the Soul (D. L. Merritt - Content Expert)


  • “The Hunger Games” from a Jungian, Political, and Environmental Perspective (April 2012)
  • “A Dangerous Method” from a Jungian Ecopsychological Perspective, Even” (February 2012)


  • Native American culture, ceremonies and rituals; ancient earthworks and their astronomical alignments, and environmental issues. Past-President of The Ancient Earthworks Society.

References available upon request.

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