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Friends of Jung-South presents
A Presentation for Mental Health Clinicians and Persons Seeking Self-Development ​ 

A Jungian Exploration of the Myth of Circe

Kathy Avsar, PhD, LPC

Jungian Analyst, Diplomate of Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts

Collage by Kathy Avsar

Often, when a new era begins in history, a myth for that era springs up simultaneously. The myth is a preview of what is to come, and it contains sage advice of what is to come, and it contains sage advice for coping with the psychological elements of the time.
R.A. Johnson, He: Understanding Masculine Psychology, 1989​

Friday, February 25, 2023

Lecture 9 am – 1:30 pm CST


Saturday, February 25, 2023
Workshop 9 am – 1:30 pm CST

6 NBCC Contact Hours

Live attendance at venue or on screen via Zoom is required for contact hours.

This is a hybrid event and will be held in person and online. If public health concerns with Covid-19 necessitate, person-to-person registrations will be moved online. A link will be emailed to registrants.

Baptist Church of the Covenant
2117 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35233

​ONLINE Venue via Zoom
A link will be sent one to two days prior.

Finding the critical mass for wholeness to emerge requires a unity purified of all opposition and therefore incorruptible.
—Kathy Avsar

The evolution of a myth adds to its wholeness filling in archetypal patterns. Not doing so can lead to stagnation by not opening space for the growth of new aspects of personality and culture. Denial and denigrating aspects of one’s personality leads to a pandemic of anxiety.
Looking at the evolution of the Circe myth through a Jungian lens as an archetypal individuation journey provides hope and a path for our culture in finding a more natural egalitarian balance of masculine and feminine energy in a direction of wholeness.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the myth of Circe has evolved over the eons and what that might mean for an individual’s journey toward wholeness.

  • Utilize the myth of Circe to identify projections and complexes that might trigger anger and frustration.

  • Discuss shadow and how the radical denial of feminine/masculine traits and projection onto the other contribute to anxiety and depression.

  • Describe implications for counseling and the therapeutic process.

Kathy Avsar, PhD, LPC

Jungian Analyst, Diplomate of Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts

Dr. Avsar is a licensed professional counselor, Jungian analyst, and member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is on the faculty of the New Orleans Jungian Seminar. She has a private practice in Birmingham, where she works with individuals on their journey toward wholeness.
Kathy’s own meandering journey began on a dairy farm in Alabama, started by her grandmother when her father and uncles were still toddlers. In the 1960s, the contradiction of not allowing space for the feminine on a farm that was started by the feminine, led Kathy to leave home at 17 to become a carpenter and then a firefighter. She was constantly trying to prove to herself and her family that she was as competent and capable as her brother. Fifty years of trying to prove herself led to a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience and subsequently a diploma in analytical psychology. Falling into the realm of Circe gave Kathy some missing pieces on her journey toward wholeness.


Registration is closed.

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NBCC Continuing Education Credits
Friends of Jung-South has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, AECP #6859. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Friends of Jung-South is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Friends of Jung-South Membership

Members support the continuing mission of FOJS, and enjoy the camaraderie of a regional group of others with shared interests. Discounted rates for events are offered to members. It is not necessary to pay dues to attend events. Annual membership dues are $20 and renew each January. Members may join at any time during the year.

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