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Law & Ethics 2: A Jungian Perspective on Character

Updated for 2022

A six-hour live interactive course

with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

Course Description

A depth psychology of ethics includes being accountable for complicated emotional reactions. The unconscious is always a factor in the helping professions. For example, counter-transference can provide a sense of the inner worlds of clients and the reactions they generate in relationships.

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

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

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

  • Identify how plot dynamics parallel developmental tasks

  • Demonstrate how key scenes can clarify specific emotional challenges

  • Explain the use of dream analysis methods to draw insights from films

CE Credit Information

The following CE credits are available:

  • Psychology, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, Ed Psych, NBCC : 6 CE hours

  • Nursing : 7 hours

How to Register

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

  2. Register online or call the Center


Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist (PSY10231) with an international online practice. He teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. Dr.Young assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and was founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. He is currently featured in several documentary series on the History Channel.

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. She also appears in memoir drama performances for various theater groups, including the Marsh Stage in Berkeley. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with seriously mentally ill patients.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Day Schedule

Zoom link goes live at 9:30 a.m. - Seminar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10:00 - Foundations of integrity

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Unconscious aspects of ethics

12:30 - Lunch Break

1:30 - Maintaining self-care practices

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

Selections from the Reading List

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

Campbell, Joseph (2013) Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) (Safron Elsabeth Rossi, Editor) Novato, CA: New World Library

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

Hollis, James (2020) Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times. Louisville CO: Sounds True

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

Hollis, James (1996) Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places. Toronto: Inner City Books

Le Grice, Keiron. (2013) The Rebirth of the Hero: Mythology as a Guide to Spiritual Transformation. London: Muswell Hill Press

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

Rembrandt Lion Sketch, 1650-59