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A sense of life-story can have a strong impact on our inner development. This course explores major themes in formative myths. We will look at how hidden motivations and expectations can shape the unfolding adventure. Such patterns influence perceptions, choices, and possibilities.
Maturation can be seen as a project of creating a satisfactory biography. It is crucial to cultivate a vision that nurtures our best qualities. Central tasks include finding authenticity, being loyal to cherished values, and having compassion towards oneself and others. Integration involves cultivating a radical sense of acceptance of our stories as they are.
Presentations examine how awareness of psychological narratives may reveal overlooked options and inner strengths. We will show how personal storylines are revised over time. Emphasis is on honoring the essential mystery of a calling to find a clear sense of purpose.
Discern the shaping influence of life stories.
Recognize how crises of faith, courage, and identity can be calls for renewal.
Establish how reflecting on personal storyline can aid in the integration of competing goals.
This seminar is taught at the introductory level and requires no advance preparation. However, participants are provided with a recommended reading list as part of their class materials.
The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology.
The following CE credits are available:
Psychology, MFT, LCSW, NBCC : 6 CE hours
Nursing : 7 hours
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Register online or call the Center at 805-687-7171
Instructor: Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist (PSY10231) who consults with organizational leaders and creative artists, especially filmmakers. As a professor, he created and chaired the doctoral level department of mythological studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. His background includes assisting mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and serving as founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library.
Dr. Young also gives frequent media interviews, public talks, workshops, and in-service trainings throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Checking-in begins at 9:30 a.m. - Seminar 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- On your own, please return on time
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