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Ruhl (workshop) - The Symbolic Life: Reconciling Life's Contradictions
Good Shepherd Center
Seattle, WA
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Ruhl (workshop) - The Symbolic Life: Reconciling Life's Contradictions
Workshop: Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle
$50 members, $70 nonmembers
5 CEUs

Preregistration for workshops is encouraged

Could we get through life without feeling divided? Day to day, we are faced with innumerable decisions, small and large. Contradictions can tie us in knots. Inherently, everything that human beings experience consciously is brought to us in pairs of opposites. This workshop explores how, when we allow both sides of any issue to exist in equal dignity and worth, a synthesis is possible, bringing new insight, meaning, and potential in our lives.

We draw on the wisdom of the ancient Greek myth of Castor and Pollox, the twin stars of the Gemini constellation, as an image of the unity that exists behind every duality. Unified in their childhood, this pair came to be separated, fragmentary, and miserable. One is mortal, the other divine. Only after much struggle are they reunited. Their story can serve as a prototype and navigation point for all humans on the path to wholeness.

This workshop will provide a balance of theory and practice. It will draw upon wisdom spanning many cultures, continents and traditions  from ancient Greek myths to Hindu and Zen sages to Christian mystics to contemporary poets, artists, and scientists. It will utilize in-class exercises to complement lecture material and cover the following learning objectives:

- How to cope with chaos and confusion in daily life related to issues that frequently arise during midlife.

- How to respond clinically to a clients issues with unrealized potentials and missed opportunities in life.

- The role of various addictive behaviors (drugs, consumerism, doing for the sake of doing) as coping mechanisms.

Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D. is a therapist, national speaker, and internationally known author living in Houston, Texas. Dr. Ruhl earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he developed a new holistic model for coping with life-changing accidents and illness. Dr. Ruhl has work closely with Robert Johnson and they co-wrote the book Balancing Heaven and Earth. They have sustained a collaborative writing partnership since that time, culminating in their most recent book: Living Your Unlived Life. Recently, Dr Ruhl. accepted a position as the executive director of the Houston Jung Center in Texas. Jerry also facilitates ongoing dream groups, and presents seminars around the nation.

This program has been approved for 7.0 CEUs by the Washington Chapter National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-157. The cost to receive a certificate is as follows: 7.0 units for lecture and workshop $15; 2.0 units for the Friday lecture $10; 5.0 units for the Saturday workshop $10.



Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Room 222
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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