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Dr. Young's Community Speaking Schedule

Community Dates: Winter 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.

Community Dates, Winter 2018

March 9, 10: CG Jung Society of North Texas

Friday, March 9, 2018: 7:30 - 9:30 pm ~ Lecture: The Inner Life of Fairytales

Wisdom lurks in familiar stories. The simplicity of fairytales provides unusual access to the workings of psyche. Seemingly innocent adventures can reveal our hidden sides. The struggles of The Ugly Duckling reflect the task of claiming the treasures of the unconscious. Dr. Young will draw on his work with Joseph Campbell to investigate what we can learn from quest narratives. Through storytelling and mythological amplification, we will follow this timeless fable to learn more about following our callings, dealing with challenges, finding a sense of belonging, and connecting with a purpose larger than ourselves. Discussion will show how metaphors provide clues to the inner journey

Learning Objectives

    ~Discern the shaping influence of stories.

    ~Recognize opportunities for renewal.

    ~Employ imaginal methods to claim emotional resources.

Saturday, March 10, 2018: 9:30 am- noon ~ Lecture: Finding Our Way Back Home

Enchanting stories offer assistance in periods of personal uncertainty. Dr. Young will discuss Hansel & Gretel, to see how timeless tales provide guidance for our own missions. For example, we will look at the many meanings of a visit to the wise old woman of the woods. These yarns connect us with dimensions beyond ordinary experience and offer a mythic vision to enlarge our sense of place and purpose.

Learning Objectives

    ~Identify journey themes as systems of meaning.

    ~Detect psychological patterns reflected in forest adventures.

    ~Apply dream analysis techniques to draw insights from texts.

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 6525 Inwood Road, Dallas Texas (Inwood at Mockingbird)


Email: jung @

July 14, 15: Aliencon, Pasadena, California

Dr Young will appear with his TV colleagues Erich von Daniken and Giorgio Tsoukalos at AlienConat the Pasadena Convention Center.


Prospero, Edmund Dulac

Seminars and Webinars

Listening to the Still Small Voice Within

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A six-hour webinar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

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

Level: Introductory

**** REGISTRATION CLOSES 9 February 2018 ****


Initiatory tales can be guides to developing a sense of purpose and personal effectiveness. This is a workshop on how memorable learning experiences shape adult identity. The day will draw insights from wisdom stories, such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Discussion will explore key metaphors to reveal how strengthening a sense of calling can help with life-stage transitions. We will use archetypal perspectives to glimpse unconscious dynamics. This day is useful for counselors, teachers, writers, clergy, and those interested in archetypal perspectives on their own quests.

Learning Objectives

  • Detect symbolism and metaphors in quest stories.
  • Discern journey themes as systems of meaning.
  • Recognize how stories can help in the search for fulfillment.
  • Identify how narrative tasks represent specific life challenges.
  • Apply dream analysis techniques to draw insights from texts.
  • Employ imaginal methods to claim emotional resources.

Day Schedule

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

9:30 - Check-in begins.

10:00 - How the quest story reveals inner wisdom

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Psychological imagery in legendary tales

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Story and symbol in the transformative journey

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - The search for meaning in personal mythologies

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - The mentor as guide to invisible worlds

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 The Still Small Voice

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.