Hero's Journey

Hero's Journey


Event Details

 CCMH_LI_Logo_blues_on_white Leading the way in Mental Health Training and Education for Professionals

Date: February 20, 2020

Facilitator: Michel Jones, MSW, RSW, RP

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: It can be harder than ever for some men to navigate their mental health issues with the added confusion around notions of traditional masculinity, especially in the era of #metoo.

  • Cultural expectations for men emphasize toughness and independence
  • Male trauma is under-reported
  • Men tend to exhibit their trauma distress through maladaptive behaviour: violence to others, substance abuse, self-harm, suicide
  • Many men have trouble opening up to a female therapist
  • The vast majority of therapists are women


  • 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 the concept of hero as a framework in the treatment of men experiencing the repercussions of trauma and/or addiction, giving purpose to their 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 hopeful narrative. Participants will learn to utilize Joseph Campbell's seven steps of the Hero's Journey to provide structure to sessions in their own work. Practical worksheets to support clients between sessions will also be studied and provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Current cultural stereotypes that reinforce unrealistic males expectations about self
  • The concept of a hero's journey being about strength through acknowledgement of vulnerability and acceptance of connection to supportive others
  • Joseph Campbell's 7 steps of the hero's journey to provide structure to sessions
  • Practical worksheets to support the client between sessions

  • When

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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