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NCGPS Open Studio Oct 21, 2017 – Pathways to Transformation: Bringing the Magic of Fairy Tales into Groups

Fairy tales patterns are vitally important for understanding group dynamics. The hero or heroine leaves home on a journey, or quest. Usually child abuse initiates the action. Protagonists enter disturbing realms, encounter fabulous forces, master challenges to ultimately win a victory. Typically, they return with a gift to society. The core action is leaving one group to become better nurtured by another. New creative and psychological development results from the systemic shifts. Through active imagination, enactments of stories and symbolic exploration, will examine and apply the dynamics and change processes from interchangeable fairy tales, nature and dreams for expanding personal and group journeys. By unveiling unconscious gifts, we will unleash creativity to enliven and revitalize our group and personal stories.

August 10th, 2017|

Fairy Tales: Pathways to Transformation — Bringing the Magic of Stories into Psychotherapy – March 10-11 2017

Fairy Tales: Pathways to Transformation Bringing the Magic of Stories into Psychotherapy The major contributors to the development of Psychotherapy-Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Otto Rank and others looked to fairy tales and myths to understand the psyche. Classic stories are still yielding new insights and clinical directions for contemporary therapists. Narratives are important. We gain a sense of ourselves by telling stories of our lives. Identities form through integrating personal histories with the cultural myths and legends of our culture. Per Carl Jung, the myths of human beings are essential to knowing oneself. He wrote: “He is like one uprooted, having no true link either to the past, or with the ancestral life which continues within him, or yet contemporary human society.” Sometimes individuals and families get stuck in repetitive and sad stories which then may become the subject matter of the therapy hour. When classic tales are incorporated into psychotherapy, the process is enriched and the path towards happier endings is revealed. In fairy tales, the hero or heroine leaves home on a journey, although sometimes on a quest. Protagonists enter disturbing realms, encounter fabulous forces, master challenges to ultimately win a victory. Typically, they return with a gift to society. As models and guides, they encourage us to do the same. We will examine and apply the dynamics and change processes for expanding personal and social development. During current times of rapid planetary, economic, and cultural upheaval, a study of heroic action has special meaning.

March 10th, 2017|

Fairy Tales: Pathways to Transformation

Bringing the Magic of Fairy Tales into Psychotherapy

Coming soon to John F. Kennedy University Berkeley Campus in June 2016

A course designed to illuminate the connections between fairy tales and psychological growth

Bringing the Magic of Stories to Psychotherapy

Fairy Tales- Pathways To Transformation imageThe major contributors to the development of Psychotherapy-Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Otto Rank, and others looked to fairy tales and myths to understand the working of the psyche. Classic stories still yield new insights and clinical directions for contemporary therapists. Narratives are important in our lives. We gain a sense of ourselves through telling stories about ourselves to others. Identities form by integrating our personal histories with the legends and myths of our cultures. Sometimes individuals get stuck in sad, rigid and competitive stories. Their tales may then become the subject of the therapy hour. Illuminating fairy tale patterns often reveals pathways to happier endings.

The hero or heroine leaves home on a journey or a quest. She overcomes dark forces through courageous action. Protagonists enter disturbing realms, encounter fabulous forces, master challenges to ultimately win a victory. They typically return with a gift to society. As models and guides, they encourage us to do the same. We will examine and apply the dynamics and changes processes for expanding personal and social development. During our times of rapid planetary, economic, and cultural upheaval, a study of heroic action has special meaning.

The applications for psychotherapy will be delineated: Fairy tales enable clinicians to instill hope, offer compassion focus, use underlying patterns to guide healing, and expand upon the symbolic imagery that transforms suffering into creative action. By examining them through family systems, psychoanalytic, cognitive, and […]

November 12th, 2015|