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The Shadow Knows ~ What we can Learn from the Phantom with Jonathan Young

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A six-hour course with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach (In-Person Workshop and Live Webinar)


One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

~ Carl Jung

The shadow is a jumble of exiled qualities that lurk in our innermost regions. Stories that reflect these intense energies can be unusually compelling. The Phantom of the Opera is a mesmerizing fusion of dreading and romancing the demon lover. Taken psychologically, the drama reveals unique aspects of inner work.

This workshop considers the contributions of the banished conjurer. It will focus on the possible gifts that wait at the edges of consciousness. The task is making peace with long-rejected elements within.

The course format is storytelling with discussion. We will use the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical version of Phantom. Exploration will deal with rejected facets that may seem messy and unappealing at first. These ignored energies show themselves in projections or moodiness. It takes compassion to help us repurpose unruly impulses into effective vitality.

Come descend into the music of the night to find a way past shame and contempt. Coming to terms with shadow is a transformative journey. The benefits of claiming the outcasts are many. Life gets easier. Relationships become less complicated. Creativity increases. We see ourselves and others more clearly.

The course is open to all.

Learning Objectives

Analyze psychological patterns in shadow tales

Describe how plot stages mirror development tasks

Explain applying dream analysis methods to wisdom tales

Identify symbolism in demon lover stories

Discern how navigating life-stage transits can increase creativity

Discuss how stories can be used to aid personal integration

Continuing Education Credit information

Psychology, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC (6 hours), RN (7 hours). 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.

This seminar counts as a real-time in-person course (not home-study) for Psychology, LMFT, 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.

LMFT, LCSW, LPCC ~ California BBS accepts our NBCC and APA Approvals.

NBCC The Center for Story and Symbol has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6118. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Center for Story and Symbol is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. National Board for Certified Counselors Provider Number 6118.

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.

For detailed information on all CE approvals, visit folkstory.com. Last chance: No other workshops on this topic in the foreseeable future.


Jonathan Young, PhD, PSY 10231, is a psychologist, storyteller, and writer on the mythic imagination. 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. He is a featured commentator on the Ancient Aliens television series.

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 patients with mental illness.


9:30 - Check-in

10:00 - The dreadful tale as window to personal conflicts

11:20 - Break (approximate)

11:30 - Adult development reflected in shadow tales

12:30 - Lunch Break

1:30 - Plot and role in lived narratives

2:30 - Break (approximate)

2:40 - Mythic imagination as self-acceptance

3:50 - Break (approximate)

4:00 - Stories and inner work

5:00 - Course concludes

NOTE: Webinar attendees seeking CE credit must be logged in for workshop duration. Login instructions will be emailed to all webinar participants after registration closes.

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