The City Where People Are Mended
The Ethical Society of Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square
1906 Rittenhouse Square
The Philadelphia Association of Jungian AnalystsJung Institute of Philadelphia"Introduction to Jung" SeriesThe City Where People are MendedKwame Scruggs, PhD“[The] problem is always the whole person, never the symptom alone. We must ask questions which challenge the whole personality.” — C. G. JungThrough 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 afterschool 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.CE's are available through NBCC for an additional fee of $10 payable by cash or check at the event.The Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts (PAJA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP number 6671. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PAJA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
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