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The great quest stories can be guides to developing a sense of purpose, and belonging. This is a course on how the search for meaning shapes adult psychological life. We will demonstrate methods for drawing insights from legend and folklore, such as the tales of the search for the Holy Grail. We will show how to analyze the structure of quest stories for key metaphors and for parallels with dreams - to reveal how the development of a sense of meaning can be crucial in identity formation. Presented at an introductory level for doctoral psychologists, this seminar is useful for counselors, teachers, writers, clergy, and those interested in archetypal perspectives on their own quests for meaning.
The course is not just for psychotherapists. It is open to all those interested in archetypal perspectives. The lectures require no background in mythology, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology.
Detect Symbolism and Metaphors in Quest Stories for Insights
Recognize Journey Themes as Systems of Meaning
Apply Quest Stories to Support Adult Identity Formation
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.
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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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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