The Symbolism of Fairytales in Adult Psychology


Saturday, March 4th, 2017

A six-hour seminar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach.

The University of Philosophical Research, 

3910 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, 90027

Favorite stories from childhood can have subtle influences on adult identity. This course covers how to analyze familiar tales for metaphors rich in psychological insights. Focus is on the Cinderella stories, to show how allegories can reveal elements of the inner life.

The day includes detecting unconscious themes in timeless stories – and using archetypal perspectives in discussions of personal issues. Presentations cover the significance of a sense of personal story – and the influence of family stories as shapers of unique worldviews. Presented at an introductory level, this seminar is useful for counselors, teachers, writers, clergy, and those interested in archetypal perspectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Detect symbolism in familiar stories.
  • Recognize plot patterns as unconscious scripts.
  • Discern the shaping influence of life stories.
  • Discuss strategies for using narratives for psychological exploration.
  • List how archetypal patterns shape character.
  • Identify how accepting authenticity can aid fulfillment.  


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 – Introduction to archetypal symbolism
- The fairytale as window to the unconscious
11:15 – Break (approximate time)
11:30 – The nature of the fairytale
- How adult psychological issues are reflected in folklore
12:30 – Lunch Break – On your own, please return on time
1:30 – Story and symbol in lived narratives – The development of personal mythologies
2:30 – Break (approximate time)
2:40 – Unconscious dynamics in the mythic imagination
- Influence of favorite stories from childhood
3:50 – Break (approximate time)
4:00 – Deepening the healing relationship
5:00 – Course concludes – Be sure to sign out – Take your things.

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.


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