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Dr. Young's Community Speaking Schedule

Community Dates: Summer-Fall 2017

Free 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.

Free Community Dates

The Way of Authenticity

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Santa Barbara Area

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation

10 A.M. Morning Service - Jonathan Young

Each life has its share of mishaps, but there will also be a measure of beauty. Our search for truth and meaning can raiseawareness of a sublime inner dimension. We honor our inherent worth and dignity when we draw from our truest best selves. Jonathan will explore the adventures of The Velveteen Rabbit to reflect on the process of becoming real.

Location: 820 N. Fairview Avenue,
Goleta, California 93117

Phone: 805-967-7867


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Seminars and Webinars

Finding Your Way Back Home

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

A six-hour webinar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

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

Level: Introductory


From the realms of magic and dream come tales of wonder. This seminar enters the mythic imagination to explore the journey toward wholeness. Surprising guidance can be drawn from stories about finding ourselves in unfamiliar experiences. We will discuss Hansel & Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood to see how such initiatory adventures can help in our quests.

In a spirit of play, we will follow these enchanting tales to learn more about the lessons of the forest journeys. Mythic stories can teach us about the riches of the inner life. Characters from folklore and mythology can reveal the patterns in our own lives and connect us with dimensions beyond ordinary experience. The key is in the psychological symbolism of the tales. For example, we will take a close look at the many meanings of a visit to the wise old woman of the woods.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how stories can help in the search for fulfillment.
  • Detect psychological patterns reflected in forest adventures.
  • Identify how plot stages mirror key development tasks.
  • Demonstrate how narrative tasks can clarify specific life challenges.
  • List how archetypal patterns shape character.
  • Explain the use of dream analysis methods to draw insights from favorite tales.
  • Discuss methods of engaging the imagination 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 - The folktale as window to the world within

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Adult development reflected in forest tales

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Plot and role in lived narratives

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - Unconscious dynamics in the mythic imagination

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - Stories and inner work

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

Open and useful to anyone interested in the topic.

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

How to Register for Finding Your Way Back Home

The university is the exclusive site for enrollment in this particular workshop. 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. /p>

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.