The Power of Myth in Uncertain Times

By: Kwame Scruggs

The use of myth and metaphor is an effective technique skilled coaches use to facilitate change in clients who are resistant to adopting habits and practices that can aid in the journey to optimum health. Metaphor, used correctly, can:

  • Enhance self awareness and foster new perspectives.
  • Positively reframe the change process.
  • Improve creativity, open mindedness.
  • Help client explore and articulate values and meaning and purpose.
  • Help clients reframe self-defeating perceptions.
  • Duration

    1 Hour

  • WHEN

    New Dates Coming Soon

  • CEs


    Core Competencies .75,
    Resource Development .25

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 course introduces how to use narrative – drawing on myth – to achieve lasting changes in outlook in these challenging times.  Dr. Kwame Scruggs has used myth to change the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds, and will introduce you to the stages of applying myth to your clients’ challenges in dealing with Covid-19 and associated stressors.

Using the myth of “The Dark Man’s Sooty Brother,” Dr. Scruggs introduces you to the process of applying myth, and its benefits


Date & Time: January 19, 2:00 PM MST


  • Introduce the power of myth to explore values and facilitate change;
  • Explore enhanced self-awareness.