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The Soul of Ethics

Claiming Integrity from within

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.

More than a review of rules, this course strives to draw out the best in dedicated practitioners. The focus is on appreciating the values that attract people to the work of helping others. This day aims to inspire clinicians to claim their personal systems of applied ethics. To this end, the course examines familiar stories about admirable professionals from a range of occupations. The goal is to evoke the essence of integrity. Ethics in depth involves awareness of our own personal qualities and counter-transference. It takes more than a good working knowledge of regulations to put values into practice on a daily basis. Attention is given to what moves distinguished colleagues to meet high standards consistently with grace.

The course also reviews the legal framework of independent practice. Topics include variations of informed consent, privacy (confidentiality and privilege), hazardous situations, professional competence, and boundary issues.

There is no need to do advance reading or see the movie versions. We will view not films, as the storytelling summarizes the tales sufficiently to discuss the symbolism.

This course meets mandated Law & Ethics requirements for Psychology, MFT and LCSW license renewal. It will also be of interest to members of other helping professions, especially educators, clergy, nurses, and physicians.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to develop effective models of applied ethics.

  • Explain how to use role, power, and authority with care.

  • Describe how to draw on natural integrity to manage challenges.

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.

Courtroom Gallery

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 ethical practice

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Raising awareness of our value systems

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Applied ethics - Putting integrity to work

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - Using legal principles efficiently and comfortably

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - Professional honor - Drawing on the best within

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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