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Dr. Young's Community Speaking Schedule

Community Dates: Fall 2018

Community Dates          Seminars and Webinars

About Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist (PSY10231) who assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell for several years at seminars -- and was the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. As a professor, Dr. Young created and chaired the Mythological Studies Department at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. His recent book is SAGA - Best New Writings on Mythology, volume 2.

Professional Seminars

Jonathan Young and The Center for Story and Symbol also offer one-day and evening seminars and workshops. Presented at an introductory level, these seminars and workshops are not just for psychotherapists. They are open to all those interested in archetypal perspectives.

About Community Presentations

Community presentations are sponsored by churches, schools, and groups. If you would like Dr. Young to speak to your group, please contact the Center at 805-687-7171.

Books and Taped Lectures and Workshops

SAGA - Best New Writings on Mythology

You may wish to order SAGA or SAGA II, edited by Dr. Young.

You can order Saga and Saga II directly from the Center for Story and Symbol. See the order form for current prices. We also make available selections from the reading lists for our past and present continuing education Seminars on the individual course pages.

Baba Yaga
Vasalisa the Beautiful

Seminars and Webinars

When the Muses Call: Imagination and the Inner Beauty

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A six-hour webinar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

Online Webinar or In-person Seminar ~ Hollywood / Glendale area

Level: Introductory

**** REGISTRATION CLOSES 7 September 2018 ****



This seminar focuses on deepening our engagement with the creative process. Increasing our openness to inner stirrings enhances fulfillment. The way of the artist is not just for those who are innovative and expressive in their full-time work. Drawing on our innate resourcefulness involves a delicate dance with the muses. The mythic traditions provide guidance for the imaginative quest.

There are many enchanting adventures about encounters with helpful benefactors. The Russian story of beautiful Vasalisa and Baba Yaga (a powerful grandmother figure) shows us how our labors can be supported by mysterious forces. Intentional receptivity can give rise to unexpected possibilities. Legends of wizards, like The Tale of Merlin, reveal how magical it is to engage true originality. To enter this flow state, it is crucial to accept our idiosyncratic qualities. This is a day on how to navigate the hidden pathways.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how psychological life is revealed in creative endeavors
  • Analyze innovations in archetypal and mythic terms
  • Assess how artistic expression might affect social relationships
  • Discern connections between family history and artistic motivations
  • Detect underlying issues causing creative blocks
  • Apply active imagination to expressive projects

Day Schedule

Checking-in begins at 9:30 a.m. - Seminar 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

9:30 - Check-in begins.

10:00 - Underlying patterns in creative expression

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Unconscious dynamics in imagination projects

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Deepening the emotional content of the artistic work

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - Key issues in sustained productivity: Motivation, blocks, and other challenges

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - The value of mentors in expressive projects: Facilitating vision, perspective, and focus

5:00 - Course concludes - Be sure to sign out - Take your things

Open and useful to anyone interested in the topic.

Note: Webinar attendees seeking CE credit must be logged in for workshop duration

Location: The University of Philosophical Research,
3910 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, 90027

How to Register for When the Muses Call

The university is the exclusive source for tickets to this workshop and webinar. Please contact them for registration and technical information:


Tuition: In person: $140 with CE credit ~ $95 non-credit

Webinar: $95 with CE credit ~ $45 non-credit

Continuing Education: Psychology, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, (6 hours) RN (7 hours). The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology. Non-credit: Those not needing verification of attendance, such as teachers, writers, clergy, and artists – are welcome as non-credit attendees. Spouses, friends, students, and others not needing verification of attendance can also choose the lower non-credit tuition.

This seminar counts as a real-time in-person course (not home-study) for Psychology, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, etc : 6 CE hours, Nursing: 7 hours. Most teachers must get credits approved by their school administration. Credits are provided by the Center for Story and Symbol. Center courses meet the requirements in most states.

Psychology ~ The Center for Story and Symbol is approved by the American Psychology Association to sponsor continuing education hours for psychologists. The Center maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. CE hours are accepted by the California MCEP program. Full attendance is required for psychologists – No partial credit.

MFT, LCSW, LPCC ~ California BBS Provider Number PCE 3903 RN ~ Provider approved by the Calif. Board of Registered Nursing, BRN Provider Number CEP 12477

Teachers ~ Continuing Education courses are customarily approved by immediate supervisors. It is usually sufficient for teachers to attend on a non-credit (auditing) basis and present a receipt for the course. Psychologists who want online real-time live credit must attend on the day of the course.

Last chance: No other workshops on this topic in the foreseeable future.