What Matters Most: How Can We Be Free? (Hybrid)


  • $180.00


Sean Fitzpatrick
Four Thursdays, Oct 5 - Nov 2
(no class Oct 19)
6 - 8pm CT
Potentially appropriate for 8 CEs*

How can we free ourselves from the stories others have written for us and live a meaningful life?


Why are we here? How can we live fulfilled, meaningful lives? Why do we suffer? How do we build a truly connected, inclusive community? The most important questions in our lives do not have simple answers. Often we have to live our way into those answers over a long time – they can't be found in five easy steps in a YouTube video. And we need people and perspectives different from our own to support us in the process.

In this yearlong series, we will ask six questions that can help us discern what matters most in our lives. Each of these four-week classes will explore the practical wisdom of C.G. Jung and depth psychology to open new possibilities, to give us tools for the journey, and to connect us with others who are deeply concerned with living lives of integrity and relatedness:

How can we be free?
Why do we harm others?
Why do we suffer?
How can we be transformed?
How can we accept mortality?
How can we help others?

Course One: How Can We Be Free?

None of us chooses how we start our lives – our bodies, families, cultures, economic circumstances, religions. We are characters in dramas others have been writing since long before we were born. Becoming an emotionally mature, fulfilled adult involves discovering our power to let go of old certainties that trap and harm us as often as they keep us safe. How can we free ourselves from the stories others have written for us and live a meaningful life? Together we will explore possible answers to this question, through lecture, film, discussion, and personal exercises.

This program is being offered both IN-PERSON and ONLINE.  Please select how you plan to attend when registering.

Recording will be distributed to registered participants only, and will not be availble for individual purchase.

All times are CT. Please contact onlinelearning@junghouston.org with any questions.

Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.

*The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (TBHEC) has stopped pre-certifying ANY Continuing Education or Professional Development for mental health providers.  The Jung Center cannot guarantee that the programs we provide will qualify for continuing education or Professional Development, nor can any other agency.  The Jung Center uses high educational standards when selecting to designate events as "potentially appropriate for CEs", and in evaluating the outcomes of our educational services, and we believe them to meet the requirements of state licensing bodies.  To find out more about the TBHEC changes to Continuing Education and Professional Development, click here.

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD LPC, holds master's degrees in religious studies (Rice University) and clinical psychology (University of Houston Clear Lake) and received his doctorate in psychology through Saybrook University's program in Jungian studies. Sean is a psychotherapist in private practice and has been employed at The Jung Center since 1997. His book, The Ethical Imagination Exploring Fantasy and Desire in Analytical Psychology, is available in The Jung Center bookstore. His research interests also include the intersection of psychology and spirituality and vicarious trauma and the selfcare needs of helping professionals and social service providers. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and serves on the boards of the Houston Museum District Association and the Network of Behavioral Health Providers. His local and national teaching schedule can be found at his website sfitzpatrick.com.


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