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Traveling Through Oz: A Journey to Wholeness

posted Mar 5, 2021, 12:55 PM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society

Traveling Through Oz: A Journey to Wholeness

Presented by Gita Morena, PhD
Saturday, April 24, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM CST


Zoom Conference
Details to follow upon registration

Registration Fees
HPS/Jung Society Members: $65
Students: $30
Non-members: $85

Co-sponsored by Houston Psychoanalytic Society and The Jung Center

Drawing insight from L. Frank Baum’s quintessential American fairy tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dr. Morena explores Dorothy’s journey into this magical land as a metaphor for Joseph Campbell’s hero’s Journey, Carl Jung’s individuation process and the honoring of feminine values. Dorothy and her companions are seen as symbolic aspects of the psyche that need to be identified, healed, and integrated into wholeness. Examples from sandplay case material from adult clients are included to show how Oz imagery expresses issues that emerge during the journey home to wholeness. 

  1. Describe the application of themes from the Oz story in the treatment of trauma, emotional distress, psychological healing and mind-body-spirit integration.
  2. Give two examples of the inclusion of symbolic imagery from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into the therapeutic and analytic work including sandplay and play therapy.
  3. Describe how themes from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz relate to the hero’s journey and therapeutic situations.
  4. Identify three situations from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that represent the resources needed to address trauma and emotional distress.
  5. Identify feminine values in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and show how this influences psychological development and healing.

Gita Dorothy Morena, PhD, is a Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA)/International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST), an international seminar leader, and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice for over 40 years. She is the great granddaughter of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and brings the legacy of this universally beloved fairy tale into many aspects of her work. Dr. Morena is the author of The Wisdom of Oz: Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Psychotherapist, and numerous articles about the clinical applications of sandplay therapy. As a Buddhist practitioner she focuses on bringing spiritual practice into everyday life through sandplay and meditation.
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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.