Peter Pan: A Symbol of the Fascination of The Archetype of the Eternal Child – 2/11/16

The C. G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge presents:
James Michel, M.D., MA, Licensed Psychologist, Jungian Analyst
What: Lecture 7 – 9 pm                                   When:  Thursday, February 11, 2016,
Where: Baton Rouge Art Gallery, 1442 City Park Avenue          
Clock Hours: $5
Price: $10 for Non-members of Jung Society / Jung Society Members Free
(NBCC fee for clock hours not included)

The story of Peter Pan continues to hold fascination. We will look at why that may be, with particular attention to the Eternal Child and Senex motifs and the role of poison in this story. Growing up, individually and as cultures, we try to hold on to our creative youth as well as incorporating a serious adult side. We will look at how the archetype pulls us away from the path in our lives and we become ‘Lost Boys.’ We will look at why that may be and how symptoms such as an over covetousness of independence and freedom and an abhorrence of boundaries, limits, and restrictions are found to be intolerable.

We will also see, from both a personal and a clinical perspective, how these same symptoms can be described as attempts to resolve the problem as we look to how we can find better ways to achieve our life goals or to assist clients in problem solving. We will focus on the difficulties and potentials of this process for Peter Pan and those of us who identify with the archetypal eternal child. Mental health professionals will be given techniques to help this group move towards a new attitude that leads to individuation and the emergence of the self, integrating a new archetypal form, the “wise old man.”

James Michel, M.D., MA, Licensed Psychologist, is a Jungian Analyst from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was born on Pan Avenue. He has been in private practice for 35 years. He is on the faculty in both Minnesota and New Orleans Jungian training programs.

This program is approved for 2 Clock Hours by NBCC (fee) continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals.

** The C. G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge is an NBCC–Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals will receive a Certificate of Completion to give to their respective Licensing Boards. Call Patricia Hare Pizer, at 225-247-7737, or Oneal Isaac, at 225-763-1230 for more information.