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NCRSS 2018 ANNUAL GATHERING: Fire On The Mountain - October 13th, 2018

Fire on the Mountain: Archetypes of Transformation

Destruction & Creation Observed in Myth and Sandplay

Presenter: Judy Zappacosta LMFT, CST-T

   Catered lunch, figure making supplies and 3 CE credits for $60

9:00-9:15am: Opening ritual

9:15-10:30 am: NCRSS Annual Members Meeting is open to all attending

10:45am-12:15pm: Fire on the Mountain: Archetypes of Transformation

12:15-1:15 pm: LUNCH hosted by the NCRSS board members

1:15-2:15 pm: Make miniature figures related to the myths and deities of fire

2:15-2:45 pm: Discuss clinical and personal relevance of these archetypal energies

2:45-3:00 pm: Closing circle

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Fire on the Mountain: Archetypes of Transformation

Destruction & Creation Observed in Myth and Sandplay

Judy Zappacosta LMFT, CST-T

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.” 

 A 17th century Japanese poet and samurai named Mizuta Masahide left this enigmatic poem that challenges us to see beyond what appears first as destruction, but then invites a larger of holding of possibility, a growing new image, even beauty.  

In many cultures, there is consideration and respect for archetypal images of goddesses that are fierce, fiery, and demanding of sacrifice.  She, in her many forms, can command death, but also carries authority and love in service to new life. During this day together, we will explore myths of fire from several cultures that feature goddesses and observe one sandplay process where fires of destruction, desire, and passion make way for creation and new growth, offering transformation in consciousness.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss archetypal images of feminine deities in diverse cultures that reflect both destruction and creation.

  2. Observe a sandplay process of a client who moves through stages of destruction, death, sacrifice, and discovers new life as new consciousness emerges within the inner process.

  3. Discuss and critique the attributes of goddess images in myth and folktales.

  4. Explore the meaning of both masculine and feminine energies, and the concept of “both/and” within the goddess archetype as presented by Marion Woodman.

  5. Elucidate, explore, and apply C.G. Jung’s concept regarding the nature of the psyche as seen in clinical work through sandplay examples and discussion.

JUDY ZAPPACOSTA, LMFT, CST-T, is a past president of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and past board member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). She maintains a practice in Monterey, CA, consults and supervises therapists using sandplay, and has published and teaches both nationally and internationally.  She is Editor of the book, Pearls: Defining Moments in our Lives. She is co-founder of Caring for the Soul, offering international trainings, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Judy trained with Dora Kalff and Marion Woodman.           

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3 hours Continuing Education credits, CPA Accredited: NCRSS is approved by the California Psychological Association (# NOR021) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognizes CPA for continuing education credit for LCSW’s, LMFT’s and LPCC’s. NCRSS is responsible for maintaining this program and its contents. One credit equal 60 minutes of instruction. Approved for 3 hrs. toward STA sandplay therapist certification.