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The Center for Story and Symbol

Dr. Jonathan Young

About the Center and Dr. Jonathan Young

The Center offers continuing education seminars and workshops on the psychology of fairy tales, mythic stories, creativity, movies as mythic imagination, and law and ethics for psychotherapists. CE hours are available for psychologists, marriage & family therapists, teachers, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals. Our courses meet requirements in most states.

Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist (PSY10231) with an international online practice. He assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and was founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. Dr. Young is an ongoing featured expert on several History Channel documentary series. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. He was a founding faculty member of the Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he still teaches.


Winter and Spring seminar dates and locations are now available on-line. Space is limited so we recommend that you register early:

Seminars and Workshops

with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

Presented at an introductory level, the Center's courses are not just for psychotherapists. They are open to all those interested in archetypal perspectives. Center workshops and seminars require no advance preparation; however, participants are provided with a recommended reading list as part of their class materials.

The Wisdom of Mythic Stories

Home Study Course

The Wisdom of Mythic Stories Seminar

The Wisdom of Mythic Stories Home Study Course presents clinical applications of folklore and mythology. Through storytelling and lively discussion of the Wizard of OZ, we will explore how favorite stories reflect adult psychological dynamics and offer guidance for those dealing with life-stage transitions.

Joseph Campbell ~ and the Inner Journey

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell made lasting contributions to understanding our life stories. This day draws on his explorations of the psychological dimensions of fairy tales and the goddess traditions. We will also examine how his own life and work illustrate the transformative journey model. The focus is on how to apply mythic stories to help with challenges.

Life-Story: Embracing the Unfolding Narratives

Our Stories, Our Selves

Understanding experience as a story can impact inner development. We will look at how hidden motivations and expectations can shape the unfolding adventure. It is an art to cultivate a vision that nurtures our best qualities. Fulfillment is a project of creating a satisfactory biography.

Law & Ethics 9 ~ Suicide and the Soul

It's a wonderful life

Assessing and reducing suicidal thinking involves facing the crisis of meaning. The day uses It's a Wonderful Life to meet Boards of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences suicide risk mandates ~ and covers pertinent legal and ethical issues.

On Getting Older ~ Relishing the Third Act

Violet Crawley

Authenticity can be among the rewards of our later years. We will visit with the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey to consider claiming our contradictions with grace. This is a day on the treasures of the wisdom years.

Law & Ethics 2 ~ A Jungian Perspective on Character


This is a day on the unconscious dimensions of honor and values. The course looks at the Shadow archetype and the challenges of dealing with our many energies. Storytelling includes The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to examine scenes that reflect ethical issues, such as managing personal limitations. This six-hour exploration of integrity is for those who want to work from their best qualities.

Law & Ethics 3 ~ Ethics in Depth Psychology


This is a day on the unconscious dimensions of values. The course looks at the challenges of dealing with our many energies. Storytelling includes Peter Pan and Finding Neverland to examine claiming psychological maturity. This six-hour exploration of integrity is for those who want to work from their best qualities.

Supervision: Mentoring Identity Formation


Supporting those who are acquiring new skills is a delicate task worthy of care and reflection. Being part of professional identity formation can be a very emotionally rewarding process. This supervision course draws on Harry Potter to explore the inner life of training others.

Writing in Therapy 2

writing in therapy

New for 2022

Second in a series of workshops demonstrating uses writing for inner exploration. Activities include brief spontaneous writing activities with discussion of how such reflective expressions open awareness of the stirrings of the unconscious. Does not have to be taken in sequence.

All Current and Past Courses

Anne Bach

Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 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. She also appears in memoir drama performances for various theater groups, including the Marsh Stage in Berkeley. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with seriously mentally ill patients.

In-house trainings

Jonathan Young and Anne Bach also lead in-house staff trainings for counseling centers and other organizations. They also make presentations for university courses and corporate retreats. Since these events are not open to visitors, we don't post the dates.


Dr. Young and Ms. Bach also provide consulting services on treatment issues, creative projects, and personal mythology.

Free Video Lectures

The Way of Authenticity

Each life has its share of mishaps, but there will also be a measure of beauty. Our search for truth and meaning can raise awareness of a sublime inner dimension. We honor our inherent worth and dignity when we draw from our truest best selves. Jonathan Young reflects on the process of becoming real.

A Sense of Purpose - Wisdom from Wonder Woman

How the Movies are Modern Mythology, Among Other Things.

Lectures on YouTube

Several of Dr. Young's lectures are available on YouTube. Search Jonathan Young and Live Oak to find current topics.

Lectures on DVD

A professionally produced DVD is available of the 2012 lecture The Inner Life of Fairytales, in which Dr. Young explores The Ugly Duckling to examine the key elements of the inner journey.

Purchase at website: C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis
Phone: (314) 533-6809
Email: cgjungstl (at) sbcglobal (dot) org

Mission Statement

The Center for Story and Symbol is a training and consulting group that draws on the wisdom of ancient storytellers to understand the workings of the human imagination. Our seminars build on the traditions of depth psychology and narrative theory. The central role of metaphor in personal and cultural imagery is explored in all of our courses. The Center's mission is to provide opportunities for advanced study of the inner life.