Finding Your Way Back Home with Jonathan Young, Ph.D.


LittleRedDoorSaturday, September 16th, 2017

A six-hour seminar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach 

Also available as a Webinar

The University of Philosophical Research

3910 Los Feliz Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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
  • Explain the use of dream analysis methods to draw insights from favorite tales
  • Discuss methods of engaging the imagination to claim emotional resources


Jonathan Young, Ph.D., PSY10231, is a psychologist storyteller, and writer on mythic stories. He assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and was the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. Dr. Young is on the faculty of the University of Philosophical Research.     

Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 38891, 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. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with residential mentally ill patients.   


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

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

Day Schedule

9:30 – Check-in begins.
10:00 - The folktale as window to the world within
- The fairytale as window to the unconscious
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

CE Credit Information:

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.

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.

*Discounted tuition is available for UPR Students and Alumni. Please phone 323-663-2167 for pricing.

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