Courses & Workshops

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.

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.

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 [...]