Podare: The Magic of Myth and Coaching (7/29)

By: Kwame Scruggs

In July of 2020, 24 coaches experienced a transformational course, demonstrating the power of myth to change lives for their clients. Dr. Kwame Scruggs’ work formed the backdrop to the heralded film documentary “Finding the Gold Within.” He now teaches coaches the same techniques demonstrated in the film to move urban adolescents toward meaningful lives with storytelling and myth.

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    On July 29, 2021

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Kwame Scruggs

G. Kwame Scruggs has over 20 years of experience using myth in the development of urban male youth. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Kwame also holds a MS degree in Technical Education with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Akron where he also completed all the course work for a MS degree in Community Counseling. He has conducted numerous workshops on the use of myth to engage urban youth, presenting at Columbia University’s Teacher College, Clinical Psychology Program, Grand Rounds, Rutgers University School of Social Work Doctoral Program, Pacifica Graduate Institute, C.G. Jung sites of New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia and the Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture. Kwame is the founder and director of Alchemy, a non-profit organization in Akron, Ohio established in 2003. Alchemy uses mythological stories to engage urban adolescent males. In 2012 Alchemy was one of 12 programs to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities—the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs. Alchemy was also the backdrop for the award-winning, feature-length documentary, “Finding the Gold Within.” Kwame is a recently appointed board member of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership.

Course Details

This powerful myth explores how people value and truly understand the gifts they inherently bring to others, and how their lack of understanding can alter their lives and the lives of others.

Major Points of Myth

  • How do you help clients identify their gifts, strengths and talents?
  • How do clients manage manage their jealousy and envy?
  • How do you create a scared space so that clients can open up and discuss difficult feelings?
  • How do clients disrupt habits or patterns of behavior?
  • When and how do you encourage clients to engage in guiding resources such as education or training?

Coaches who complete the course will understand how to use myth to draw out emotions and observations, and uncover their clients’ resistance to self exploration and encourage change, often with significant breakthroughs in perspective.

“Thank you for creating the space for this and to the entire group for holding the space for all of us to feel safe and comfortable sharing!”

Note – for ICF, the course provides 6 CE’s: 2 Core Competency, 4 Resource Development.


Four live 90-minute meetings, 2:00 – 3:45 PM MST (Denver)

Dates: July 29, August 5, 12 & 19, 2021


  • Seek to understand clients within their context which may include their identity, environment, experiences, values, talents, strengths and beliefs
  • Demonstrate respect for the client’s identity, perceptions, style and language and adapts one’s coaching to the client
  • Acknowledges and supports the client’s expression of feelings, perceptions, concerns, beliefs and suggestions
  • Creates or allows space for silence, pause or reflection