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"Hermes and the Art of Psychotherapy: A Mythological imagination for Procuring Therapeutic Movement. - On Zoom"

  • April 10, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • On-line via ZOOM - link to be sent in confirmation e-mail.


Membership Meeting

with George, Viney PsyD, MFT

"Hermes and the Art of Psychotherapy": A Mythological imagination for

Procuring Therapeutic Movement. "

Note:  Presented on Zoom.

Mythologically speaking, the Greek god Hermes is the archetypal image par excellence through which to see, understand, and conduct the art of psychotherapy. This presentation will explore the qualities, agency, and details of his myth and stories to reveal relevant psychological subtleties that can guide our therapeutic work. Hermes was the magician with his magic wand and messenger god of eloquence, communication, connection- making, and synchronicity. With his winged sandals and helmet, he was the tricky and quick-witted helpful companion to those on a journey, whenever we are between “here and yonder."  He was also known as “psychopomp” or “guide of souls” and in this aspect he is the patron archetypal figure informing therapeutic efforts to assist clients in finding meaningful connections within and also to others, in getting their lives in movement when they are stuck, and in safely transitioning from one chapter of life to another. Hermes appears at the crossroads of our lives when we are lost and confused and there is no clear path forward. We will develop an imagination, psychologically and poetically speaking, of how archetypal Hermes operates in therapy to propitiate healing psychological movement and how we can facilitate and support Hermes’ epiphanies of insight, message-bringing, and creativity in our work with clients as they endeavor to understand and address their symptoms, behaviors, dreams, stories, and life journey. As we shall see, Hermes and his therapeutic ways, helps clients, and us as well, live with greater imagination, culture, relatedness, and meaning.

Educational goals include:

• Better understand the root metaphors/departure points of Jungian/Archetypal Psychology

• Learn how myth, poetic image, and story can inform/shape/heal psychological experience

• Begin to discern how Hermes can guide clinical interventions, the therapeutic process, and procure healing movement

• Learn how seeing/approaching client material and therapeutic dynamics through the imagination and activity of Hermes can bring meaning and orientation to therapist and client alike

• Acquire a poetic, metaphorical, and intuitive wit for working with clients’ dreams and stories to cultivate clients’ greater imagination and consciousness

• Gain a greater appreciation of the therapeutic value of story and storytelling when these find connection to clients’ experiences and lives

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

      1. Be able to use Hermes’ two techniques of joining and matching quickly with clients to gain therapeutic rapport.
      2. Learn the definition of synchronicity and identify/recognize synchronicities that occur in therapy and in clients’ lives that offer meaning and guidance.
      3. Learn how to see therapy through the lens of the myth of Hermes to successfully engage in clients’ material and experiences and constellate healing.
      4. Learn three ways to help clients attend, attune to, connect with, and care for the dreams/memories informing their life stories, clinical pictures, and identities.

      Dr. George Viney PsyD, MFT is a psychotherapist, poet, magician, storyteller, speaker, and author of the forthcoming books: The Fathering Thread & The Protecting Veil, and The Wedding of Eros and Psyche. Currently in private practice, he has been providing psychotherapy for over 25 years, and worked with historically underserved youth/families as a therapist and clinical supervisor for 20 of these at Penny Lane Centers.

      Dr. George Viney has Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a B.S. Degree in Theater from Northwestern University. Dr. Viney is a noted speaker on psychological imagination and theory and, as a magician/storyteller, he provides workshops on discovering wisdom and guidance through poetry, dreams, stories, fairy tales, and myths. He also gives Family Therapy Trainings to mental health agencies. He has been on daytimes soaps and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild as well as The Magic Castle in Hollywood.

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      Sunday, April 10, 2022


      8:45am-9:00am  Check-In*

      9:00am-9:30am  Membership Meeting/Chapter Announcements (Annual Financial Report and Chapter Awards)*

      9:30am-11pm CEU/Speaker Presentation

      11am-11:15am Opportunity Drawing/Private Practice Announcements*

      11:15am-11:30am Break*

      11:30am-1:30pm Board Meeting*

      This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

      Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  CEU completion certificates will be awarded to participants that attend the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation within 48 hours of the speaker presentation.

      * = non CEU portion of course


      Online via Zoom

      Link to Zoom meeting will be sent in confirmation email upon registration.

      ADA compliance N/A.


      SFV-CAMFT chapter members

      $15 (online until day of)

      Non chapter members

      $25 (online until day of)


      $20 (online until day of)

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      Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT before one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund, email

      SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


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