Facilitator: Michel Jones, MSW, RSW, RP.
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
This training is suitable for: Mental Health Professionals: Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers. Direct Service Workers: Drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers.
Description: Scholar Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey", is a primal story/legend/myth narrative that can be found in many cultures from around the world and through the ages. Harnessing this powerful narrative can help therapists come alongside their male clients in a non-threatening supportive way. This workshop will show how to use this concept as a framework in the treatment of men experiencing trauma and/or addiction, giving heroic purpose to men's struggle with shame, vulnerability and fear. Grounded within narrative therapy tradition, this workshop offers a constructive way to break down negative self-narrative and move to a more positive and realistic narrative. Together the group will be identifying current cultural stereotypes that reinforce unrealistic males’ expectations about self and interfere/stop with the therapeutic process. Michel Jones will review the concept of a hero's journey being about strength through acknowledgement of vulnerability and acceptance of connection to supportive others. Participants will learn to utilize Joseph Campbell's 7 steps of the hero's journey to provide structure to sessions in their own work and be given practical worksheets to support clients between sessions.
Location: SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Learning Institute, 114 Maitland Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1E1, 2nd Floor, Seminar Rooms ABC