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This is a day on the relationship between the unconscious and the creative process. Presentations draw on timeless stories, such as Alice in Wonderland and Robin Hood, to look at issues faced by highly inventive people. We will consider the significance of motivations in understanding problems in artistic careers. We will give special attention to blocks and other challenges unique to creative endeavors.
This course would be useful for clinicians working with professional writers, visual artists, performers, and others whose work demands high levels of originality. It would also be of interest to those in such fields who have an interest in an archetypal understanding of the creative process.
Recognize ways that psychological life is revealed in creative endeavors.
Analyze creative projects in archetypal and mythic terms.
Assess how artistic expression might effect social relationships.
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
Most teachers must get credits approved by their school administration. Center courses meet the requirements in most states. Contact us if you need more information about receiving credit in your state.
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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.
Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 38891 is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy. She gives presentations on creativity as inner work at major conferences, and lectures widely on psychological dimensions of expressive writing. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with seriously mentally ill patients.
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.
- Personal expression as self-discovery.
- On your own, please return on time
- Facilitating vision, perspective, and focus
- Grandiosity, dissociation, and other cautionary considerations
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