Friends of Jung-South
A Presentation for Mental Health Clinicians and Persons Seeking Self-development
Andrea Mathews, LPC, NCC
Good vs. Evil vs. Wholeness
Counseling the Scapegoat Identity
"It is highly moral people, unaware of their other side, who develop the peculiar irritability and hellish moods which make them insupportable to their relatives." —C. G. Jung, Psychology and Religion, 92.
Friday, September 15, 2017
9 am - 4:30 pm
(Lunch is on your own.)
2817 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
(see map below)
6 NBCC Contact Hours
It is hard to imagine that an identification with goodness could be a problem. But those who identify with goodness are very commonly run entirely by guilt, by obligation and by a deep sense of unworthiness. The identification is compensatory, but it also allows them to stay connected to a family trance that defines them. Many, who are so identified, live miserable lives trying so hard to be good that they don’t even know what is real within. Further, they often find themselves deeply involved in manipulative, abusive and toxic relationships over and over again. This workshop will uncover the identification with goodness and offer some avenues to facilitate healing and movement toward wholeness.
- Explore the good/evil paradigm for its psychological markings.
- Describe the process of identification with goodness.
- Explore the damage created by an identification with goodness.
- Explore some of the social lies that support an identification with goodness.
- Describe a process of recovery from an identification with goodness.
Andrea Mathews | September 15, 2017
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Andrea Mathews, LPC, NCC
Andrea Mathews is a constant student of Carl Jung—starting as far back as 30 years ago. She uses much of her understanding of Jung's work, which has been a foundation for her own evolving theoretical framework, in her private practice of 20 years.
Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Counseling Supervisor and an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for both NBCC and the ABSWE. Prior to opening her private practice, Andrea served local agencies in such positions as Social Worker, Counselor, Family Therapist, Program Director, Clinical Director and Clinical Consultant.
She has also spent over 15 years in the study of various world religions and their sacred texts. A good deal of that time has been spent in coming to a deeper understanding of the root language of the Jewish Tanakh and Christian Bible. This work has enlightened her understanding of the difference between what these sacred texts actually say and our culturally accepted concepts of good and evil. These studies have informed each of her books.
She is the author of four books, the latest and the subject matter of this workshop, is Letting Go of Good: Dispel the Myth of Goodness to Find Your Genuine Self (August 2017). With a Foreword by the author of the bestselling Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore, and endorsements from Caroline Myss, Dr. Larry Dossey, and local Jungian Analyst, Nancy Qualls-Corbett, the book exposes the psychology of the scapegoat or good-guy identity, and offers a pathway to the authentic Self.
Andrea frequently provides workshops for clinicians around specific issues of concern, most of which are based in facilitating a methodology for bringing the spiritual element into the clinical setting--an issue of primary concern for Carl Jung.
When Andrea is not writing, teaching or providing therapy, she is a poet, an artist and a musician. She also hosts "The Authentic Living Show," a popular program on voiceamerica.com.
We will be pleased to offer Andrea's newly released book (Letting Go of Good) for sale throughout the day. Andrea invites you to join her at the close of the event for a book signing.
Pilgrim Church, 2817 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233