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A continuing education course for 7 ces


All of us have hidden parts within us.  These are the things about ourselves that we do not see—our haunting darkness and our illuminating light.  We often hide from our own flaws.  But we also can hide from our own undeveloped talents and vital spirit.  Most of us would like to discover a more whole and complete self.  To do this, we must clearly see the accurate reflection of ourselves in the people and objects around us.  What it takes is to discover our unseen but true reflection in the cosmic mirror.

The people and objects that surround us are powerful but unseen mirrors. We
can use them to better identify our innermost self. We can use them to better
understand what keeps our dreams just out of reach. With clear illustrations to help
you, A View from the Cosmic Mirror presents a powerful new tool for your personal
evolution. It can help you experience a greater sense of wholeness. This book lifts
the unseen veil to a more enlightened and life-affirming view of you. It can be your
introduction to the endless possibilities of a more engaging and fulfilling life. A View
from the Cosmic Mirror
is part of a new era of literature on the elevation of human
consciousness. Come join us. Begin your journey down a new path.

This course is intended to be simple, straightforward, and easy-to-read, as free as
possible from technical jargon but filled with illustrations and practical examples.
There are 130 references used in this course, and the interested reader is encouraged
to explore the more technical material contained there.

Despite its simplicity, this course is considered a post-graduate learning
experience. There are only a few credentialed graduate programs in clinical
psychology that will offer an understanding of depth-oriented approaches to clinical
case conceptualization and treatment intervention. This course provides the essence
of what we have found useful over our many years of practice with clients. With the
emphasis on cognitive processes, few clinical students receive what we consider
adequate training on projective processes. And yet projective processes are
continually operating within the lives of our clients. We believe that an
understanding of these processes is essential in helping many of our clinical clients.

“The universe is the mirror of the people, and each person is a mirror to every other person.”
—A Cheyenne tribal lesson

Recently, we were riding in a car with a friend who asked us to tell him what our
book, A View from the Cosmic Mirror, was all about. We replied that it was a tool that
could help him to look deeply within himself to discover what he may conceal from
his own awareness. We told him that what he keeps hidden from himself distorts his
view of others. We also told him that what he mistakenly perceives in others distorts
his view of himself. Laughing, our friend said, “Life is like a mirror. What we see out
there may be a reflection of us.”

This is the central theme of this book. Our outer world, which we label “reality,” is
linked to the inner world of our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, perceptions, wishes, and
fears. The view we have of ourselves mirrors what we see in the world. The view that
we form of the world, with all the people and objects in it, is a reflection of all that we
carry inside ourselves. To resolve the personal and interpersonal struggles we face in
our everyday lives requires learning how to know ourselves in deeper and more
profound ways. To do this, we must learn how to see ourselves more clearly in the
reflections surrounding us. It is our reflections in what we are calling the cosmic
mirror that reveal a more complete view of ourselves. And how we see ourselves
affects how we see and treat others.

It is our premise that we cannot really know ourselves without an awareness of
how others in our lives function as mirrors to us. Often without our knowing it, they
reflect back to us submerged and concealed parts of our self. It takes learning how to
see these reflections to really know ourselves in depth. It takes others to help us find
the parts of ourselves that are unknown to us and hidden in their reflections. Using
examples from history, pop culture, and from our everyday experiences, A View from
the Cosmic Mirror
takes you on a journey of self-discovery. It is a journey that we hope
will awaken your unseen but life-affirming reflections in the world around you.
How do we discover the hidden parts of ourselves? How do we find our gateway to
real vitality and engagement in life? What drives us to repeat over and over again
unhealthy patterns in our relationships with others? A View from the Cosmic Mirror
describes how to better understand how the unseen parts of ourselves influence the
choices we make in our personal growth. It shows how to look deeply at our self in the
mirror to better understand our self. It also explains how we can relate to ourselves
and others more profoundly and in healthier ways.

In the first section of the book, The Foundation of the Cosmic Mirror, we define the
structure and processes of the cosmic mirror: the shadow, the aura, polarities,
projection, and magical thinking. We explain the origin of the cosmic mirror and how
we developed it. We demonstrate just how pervasive the cosmic mirror is. And finally,
we describe its central role in our perception of the world. Everyday Illustrations of the
Cosmic Mirror is the second section and begins with the role of the cosmic mirror in
our relationships with our parents and our children. Next, we use the cosmic mirror to
unravel our identity as men and as women. We also talk about its effect on our
romantic relationships. We discuss the dynamics of scapegoating, the creation of
leaders and icons, the role of the cosmic mirror in how we define mental health, and
in the complex dynamics of corporate work groups.

Finally, we discuss the process of Reparation and Healing of the self. Here, we
explain how to find the hidden half of our inner polarities; how to discover, take back,
and move beyond our disowned projections; how to uncover the unseen emotional
side of the cosmic mirror; and finally, how to use our feelings to guide us to a place of
renewal, to a place of endless possibilities, and to a new and more self-fulfilling
emotional life. We hope you enjoy the journey.

is approved by the:

Board of Registered Nursing (#13620)
California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling (BAP 753 )
NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals (#575)
National Board for Certified Counselors - www.psychceu.com has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6055. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. www.psychceu.com is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. (ACEP #6055)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

maintains responsibility for the program.


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Learning Objectives:

This is an intermediate level course and is designed to help the participant:

• Discuss many ways that clients within psychotherapy employ defenses to deny their hidden flaws and hidden talents and project them onto others.

• Describe and explain the effects of two key psychic structures in shaping a psychotherapy client’s view of themselves and in forging their relationships with their therapist and others.

• Explain and compare three essential psychic processes that effect the development of a client’s perceptions of themselves and others.

• Apply the psychic structures and processes of the cosmic mirror to everyday role relationships in gender role formation and identity, in leadership processes, in romantic relationships, and in child-parent relationships.

• Utilize the psychic structures and processes from within the cosmic mirror to better conceptualize therapeutic cases.

• Utilize a 5-step treatment planning model within the therapeutic relationship to better assist clients in their emotional reparation and healing.




                                    Course Outline

Chapter 1: The Nature of the Cosmic Mirror
Chapter 2: Reflections of the Shadow
Chapter 3: Reflections of the Aura
Chapter 4: Polarities: Finding the Other Half of Our Self
Chapter 5: Projection and the Cosmic Mirror
Chapter 6: Magical Thinking and the Cosmic Mirror

Chapter 7: Mothers and Fathers as Mirrors to their Children
Chapter 8: The Gender and Romance Mirrors
Chapter 9: Scapegoats as Mirrors: The Dynamics of Blaming
Chapter 10: Icons and Leaders as Mirrors
Chapter 11: The Cosmic Mirror in America’s Work Groups
Chapter 12: The Crazy Mirror

Chapter 13: Seeing through the Mirror Darkly
Chapter 14: Uncovering the Emotional Side of the Cosmic Mirror
Chapter 15: Using Our Feelings to Guide Us through the Cosmic Mirror
Chapter 16: Putting It All into Practice



Gary Gemmill, PhD
“A concept like the Cosmic Mirror has meaning for my own personal growth only if I can apply it to my daily life. I never ask anyone to try something that I have not experienced for myself. It is my own experience that is my test of what is useful and life-affirming.”

Gary Gemmill, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior at Syracuse University and a doctoral faculty mentor at Walden University. Additionally, he leads intensive programs in personal growth, leadership dynamics, and team dynamics around the world. He has written many professional articles on the psychodynamics of personal growth and group development, and has a postgraduate diploma in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Training Center of San Diego where he studied with Erv and Miriam Polster.


George Kraus, PhD
“It is not easy to overcome the patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting from our early life experiences. But all that is needed is a desire to do so. Everything starts with awareness. With an awareness of a desire to grow, all else is possible. Awareness brings choice. And with choice bring new possibilities in an evolving life.”

George Kraus, PhD, ABPP is a clinical and consulting psychologist in private
practice with Layh and Associates in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He specializes in the care of older adults, especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Dr. Kraus has published in a variety of professional journals and is the author of At Wit’s End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer’s for Families and Clinicians, released in 2006 by Purdue University Press. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and he is on the graduate faculty of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. Dr. Kraus is also on the clinical staff at Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio. And he is on the editorial board of Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. To learn more about Dr. Kraus and his practice, visit him at www.GeorgeKrausPhD.com.

This course consists of reading and taking a post-test on:

A View from the Cosmic Mirror

APA Ethics

We do adhere to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. Our courses are carefully screened by the Planning Committee to adhere to APA standards. We also require authors who compose Internet courses specifically for us follow APA ethical standards.

Many of our courses contain case material, and may use the methods of qualitative research and analysis, in-depth interviews and ethnographic studies. The psychotherapeutic techniques depicted may include play therapy, sandplay therapy, dream analysis, drawing analysis, client and therapist self-report, etc. The materials presented may be considered non-traditional and may be controversial, and may not have widespread endorsement within the profession. www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

All material included in this course is either in the public domain, or used with express permission.

Cost of the 7 unit course is $110

The course material, without credits or post-test, may be purchased for $ 24.95

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