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The Alchemy of Adolescence

Presented by Beth Anne Boardman, RN, MA, PhD

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 • 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Exploring images, music, science, and the wisdom of depth psychology, this presentation discusses adolescence as a phase we all transit on our way to adulthood.  Our adolescent bodies initiate the prima materia.  Neurologically, hormonally, musculoskeletally, one’s body begins a transformation into physical maturity, bidden or not.  Wrapped in uncomfortable, even painful bodies, possessed by a mélange of hormones, confused by rapidly morphing neurons, we feel a need at some point to mourn the loss of childhood or the dreams of innocence.  With or without the permission of adults, we feel compelled to delve into the sad, dangerous, and even horrible aspects of life.  The nigredo rules adolescence.  Through art, music, movies, gaming, as well as fashion, body markings, and adventure, we learn at adolescence to express our experience of grief, disillusionment, and exhilaration.  Adults can provide understanding and guidance through modeling, mentoring moments, and practicing the art (and terror) of letting go.
Beth Anne Boardman, RN, MA, PhD lives in California and New Hampshire. She travels and lectures on the Mythology of Sport; Women and Myth; and the Alchemy of Adolescence (her dissertation topic), in addition to consulting as a writer to websites.  Recently, she has served on the board of the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association and as Regional Coordinator for local alumni. Her career spans work as a registered nurse, grant-writer, the study of world dance and music, and the profound joy of raising two children. Her writings may be found at and

Course objectives:

  • Identify at least three cultural, hormonal, or neurological factors affecting the behavior of adolescents in the United States.
  • Become familiar with Jung’s concept of nigredo, the “darkening” phase of an alchemical transition.
  • Recognize the potential patterns of alchemical transitions throughout the course of life.

St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church
18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92646 (see MAP)

Time: Sunday, September 23rd • 4-6 pm
Registration and social gathering begin at 3 pm
Lecture begins at 4 pm
Pre-paid registration is recommended.
Refunds normally require 48 hours notice.

Prepaid registration fees:
form at
members: $15
non-members: $25

Cost at the door:
members: $20
non-members: $30

Continuing Education Units
The C.G. Jung Club of Orange County is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider No. 128546).  The C.G. Jung Club of Orange County maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This course meets the qualifications for  2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  (Provider No. 128546) $15 payable at the door.
CEU certificates will be awarded by mail upon full completion of the program.
For more information about the awarding of continuing education units, visit our CEU web page.

The C.G. Jung Club of Orange County
The C.G. Jung Club of Orange County provides quality educational programs designed to promote the study and discussion of Jungian Psychology, also known as Depth Psychology.  The programs elaborate and amplify the ideas of C.G. Jung by exploring diverse perspectives of Jungian Psychology, as well as a wide range of subjects studied by Jung and his followers, such as mythology and comparative religion.  We seek to understand the human psyche through the psychological theories and therapeutic methods pioneered by C.G. Jung and the current use of Jungian concepts by contemporary Jungian analysts.
The programs are directed toward the interests of mental health practitioners, individuals from related disciplines, and the general public.  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Professional Clinical Counselors, and Educational Psychologists can gain from our programs a deeper understanding of psychological theory and/or clinical practice from a Depth Psychology/Jungian perspective.
For more information about the Jung Club of Orange County, see the Club’s website at

Additional Information
Handicapped parking is available nearby. The lecture hall is wheelchair friendly.
To request additional accommodation, or for any other requests, leave a voice mail message at 714-964-5741 or email the Club at
If you are not satisfied with this course, please submit your grievance in writing to

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