The Beloved of the Soul “Seeking the Inner Union”: Workshop with Jonathan Young


The Beloved of the Soul – Seeking the Inner Union

Love stories from folklore reflect psychological life in amazing detail. This workshop shows how the symbolic journey is revealed in classic courtship tales. Romantic fantasies are a window into the world within the individual. We will use an archetypal perspective on tales of desire and devotion to glimpse unconscious and spiritual issues. Both idealization and discontent can represent underlying issues. The day goes beyond couple issues to focus on how the inner journey is revealed in classic courtship tales. This day is useful for counselors, teachers, writers, clergy, and those interested in archetypal perspectives on their own journey towards wholeness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize romantic ideas as psychological processes.
  • Detect how love stories can reflect personality integration.
  • Discuss parallels between belief systems and courtship expectations. 



Jonathan Young, PhD, 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 where he teaches PSY512: Mythic Stories in Depth Psychology

anne_art5Anne 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 seriously mentally ill patients.

Continuing Education hours are available for psychologists, marriage & family therapists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals. The course meets CE requirements in most states. The certificate of completion will be provided by the Center for Story and Symbol. 
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.

CE Hours ~ Psychology, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Ed Psych, NBCC: 6 CE hours   –   Nursing : 7 hours


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. The level is introductory for psychologists.
MFT, LCSW, LPCC ~ California BBS Provider Number PCE 3903
LPC, NBCC ~ The Center for Story and Symbol is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to provide continuing education for certified counselors. We adhere to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. National Board for Certified Counselors Provider Number 6118
Our credits are widely accepted by state boards. The level is introductory.
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 to attend on a non-credit (auditing) basis and present a receipt for the course.

The level is introductory.

Workshop Schedule:

(All times are Pacific Daylight Time)

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

10:00 am : Workshop Begins

12:30 – Lunch Break – on your own, good cafes nearby

1:30 pm: Resume Workshop

5:00 pm – Course concludes – Total instruction: 6 hours


The Beloved of the Soul – with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach