Hero's Journey

Hero's Journey


Event Details

Dates:  February 1, 2019

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



  • 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:

  • We 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

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

  • Friday, February 1, 2019
    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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