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Ethics and Character

A Jungian Perspective

A six-hour course with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

Course Description

This is an archived course that is not offered at this time. The description will be updated if presented in the future.

Shadow is the term C.G. Jung used to describe unclaimed traits that can cause difficulties in relating to others. A depth psychology of ethics would include being accountable for such misplaced emotional reactions.

The unconscious is always a factor in the helping professions. For example, if not monitored, counter-transference can lead into blind spots and poor choices. When brought into awareness, the same feelings can provide a sense of the inner worlds of clients and the reactions they generate in relationships. So, ultimately, shadow work delivers many benefits.

Applied ethics includes managing personal limitations. Maintaining a high level of integrity is crucial to securing trust and protecting the bond needed for understanding and healing.

The course format is storytelling with discussion. Familiar tales will be used to illustrate key principles. We will examine issues of honor in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and discuss scenes from other stories that exemplify specific ethical challenges.

While the course does include updates on standard of care such as informed consent, duty to warn, and mandated reporting -- mainly, the day is a philosophical exploration of ethical behavior. It is open to anyone interested in honoring their best qualities and values.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the inner dynamics of integrity

  • Develop a personal style of applied ethics

  • Apply expectations and ideals of the helping role

Who will benefit?

This seminar is designed to advance the skills of practicing doctoral-level psychologists. Presentations cover updates on clinical expertise. The day is also useful to other mental health practitioners and to certain helping professions, such as physicians, clergy, and educators with mental health counseling responsibilities.

CE Credit Information

The material is presented at an introductory level for psychologists, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology. No advance preparation is necessary. However, participants are provided with a recommended reading list as part of their class materials.

The following CE credits are available:

  • Psychology, MFT, LCSW, NBCC : 6 CE hours

  • Nursing : 7 hours

Most teachers must get credits approved by their school administration. Center courses meet the requirements in most states. Contact us if you need more information about receiving credit in your state.

How to Register

  1. Select a seminar location from the Current Seminar Dates and Locations

  2. Register online or call the Center


Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist (PSY10231) who consults with organizational leaders and creative artists, especially filmmakers. As a professor, he created and chaired the doctoral level department of mythological studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. His background includes assisting mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and serving as founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library.

Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 38891 is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy. She gives presentations on creativity as inner work at major conferences, and lectures widely on psychological dimensions of expressive writing. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with seriously mentally ill patients.

Other presentations on Mythic Stories

Dr. Young also gives frequent media interviews, public talks, workshops, and in-service trainings throughout the U.S. and internationally.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Day Schedule

Checking-in begins at 9:30 a.m. - Seminar 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

9:30 Check-in begins.

10:00 - Foundations of integrity

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Unconscious aspects of ethics

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Handling unexpected challenges

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - Using legal principles efficiently and comfortably

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - Claiming our highest values

5:00 - Course concludes - Be sure to sign out

Selections from the Reading List

Becker Christina (2004) The Heart of the Matter: Individuation as an Ethical Process. Wilmette, IL: Chiron Publications

Beebe, John (1992) Integrity in Depth. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press

Guggenbuhl-Craig, Adolf (2000) Power in the Helping Professions. Putnam, CT: Spring Publications

Hollis, James (2008) Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves New York: Avery

Huang, Chungliang Al and Jerry Lynch.(1999) Tao Mentoring: Cultivate Collaborative Relationships in All Areas of Your Life. New York: Da Capo Press

Johnson, W. Brad and Charles R. Ridley. (2004) The Elements of Mentoring. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Kugler, Paul (Ed.) (1996) Jungian Perspectives on Clinical Supervision. Zurich: Daimon

Neumann, Erich. (1969) Depth Psychology and a New Ethic. New York: Harper

Pipher, Mary (2003) Letters to a Young Therapist (Art of Mentoring) New York: Basic Books

Young, Jonathan (1996) Saga - Best New Writings on Mythology Vol. 1. Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press

Young, Jonathan (2000) Saga - Best New Writings on Mythology Vol. 2. Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press

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