“[The] problem is always the whole person, never the symptom alone. We must ask questions which challenge the whole personality.”
— C. G. Jung
Through the telling, discussion, and analysis of an ancient African myth, participants will discover elements of the myth that they are personally living, including unseen burdens they may be carrying while walking the road of life. Brief writing exercises in response to penetrating questions pertaining to the myth will help us explore the myth while the myth explores us.
G. Kwame Scruggs, PhD has over 20 years experience using myth in the development of urban male youth. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Kwame also holds a MS degree in Technical Education with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Akron. He has conducted numerous workshops on the use of myth to engage urban youth and is also a Certified Facilitator of the Akan System of Life Cycle Development (African-based rites of passage).
Kwame is the Founder and Executive Director of Alchemy, a non-profit organization based in Akron, Ohio. Since its inception in 2004, Alchemy has worked with over 1,750 male urban youth in group settings. In 2012, Alchemy was one of 12 programs to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs. Alchemy is also the backdrop in the award-winning, full-length documentary film “Finding the Gold Within.” Three years in the making and released in 2014, the film has been featured in Mill Valley Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival.
PAJA/Philadelphia Jung Institute hosts Public Programs for all who are eager to explore and be enriched by the ideas of Carl Jung and analytical psychology for their personal and professional development. No prior knowledge of Jungian thought is required.
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