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Dr. Young's Community Speaking Schedule

Community Dates: Winter-Spring 2019

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 - Spring 2019

January 24, 2019 - University of Philosophical Research

Thursday, January 24, 2019: 7:00 - 8:30 pm ~ Lecture: The Intrepid Voyage

This lecture will focus on the rewards of following a calling. Joseph Campbell showed us how ancient stories transmit hidden resources. This evening will reflect on Wonder Woman and other initiatory stories to discuss how emerging knowledge is revealed at each stage of identity formation. Dr. Young will consider the implications of a personal paradigm shift, and discuss the transformational quest.

Tickets: $10

Location: University of Philosophical Research

3910 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Intrepid Voyage

Sunday, January 27, 2010: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: A Sense of Purpose

Each stage of life has its beauty. We honor our inherent worth and dignity when we use our strengths well. Live Oak member Jonathan Young will draw from the adventures of Wonder Woman to reflect on claiming our best qualities.

Where: 820 N. Fairview Ave. Goleta CA 93117 ~ Free

When: Sunday, January 27, 2019 ~ 10-11:30 am

Phone: 805 967-7867

Website: Live Oak Goleta

Email: [email protected]

Wonder Woman

Ruby Slippers

Seminars and Webinars

The Wisdom of Mythic Stories

Saturday, February 9, 2019

A six-hour webinar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

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

Level: Introductory

Counts as a real-time course (as if you are in the room)

**** REGISTRATION CLOSES 6 February at 5 p.m. ****



This is a day on the symbolic study 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.

The presentations review the familiar journey down the yellow brick road for significant metaphors and personal insights. This course shows how to explore a classic tale for greater understanding of the inner life. We focus on how mythic stories reflect emotional dynamics.

Mythic patterns in stories reflect a broad range of human concerns. This is a course on drawing insights from wisdom tales. The training deepens awareness of the significant role stories play in personal development and identity formation.

The course is open to all those interested in archetypal perspectives. The discussions require no background in mythology, literature, film studies or Jungian psychology.

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying psychological issues reflected in timeless stories
  • Applying narratives to life-stage transition difficulties
  • Use character conflicts to illustrate balancing competing goals
  • Discern the shaping influences of stories
  • Employ imagination methods to claim emotional resources
  • Recognize how identity crises can be calls for renewal

Day Schedule

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

9:30 - Check-in begins.

10:00 - Introduction to Underlying Patterns in Mythic Stories; The journey as symbolic life map

11:15 - Story Patterns as Reflecting Development Stages; Key issues in matural presented as initiatory adventures

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Drawing Appropriate Stories into Helping Situations

2:50 - Life Story and the Emergency of Personal Mythology; Psychological symbolism in stories

4:00 - Unconscious Dynamics in the Mythic Imagination; Types of stories as illustrative of the inner life

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. Login instructions will be emailed to all webinar participants after registration closes.

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

How to Register for The Wisdom of Mythic Stories

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.

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.