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Ethics in Depth Psychology

The Way of Individuation

A six-hour course with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

Updated for 2022

Course Description

Our third course on ethics focuses on how shifts in our sense of identity can influence decision-making. Developing more complex access to inner states opens the possibility of working with others at deeper levels. This enhanced quality of engagement presents unique ethical challenges.

The course format includes storytelling and discussion. We will explore the enduring classic Peter Pan to learn from the adventures of Wendy and the boys. We will also reflect on the story's origins as presented in the film, Finding Neverland.

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.

While the course includes updates on professional obligations, the day is mainly a philosophical exploration of ethical behavior. It is open to anyone interested in honoring their best qualities and values.

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

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how integrity develops over the lifespan

  • Demonstrate how reflective practices support reliability

  • Explain the process of making ethical decisions

  • Apply expectations and ideals of the helping role

  • Identify how plot dynamics parallel developmental tasks

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

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.

Finding Neverland

How to Register

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

  2. Register online or call the Center

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, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, Ed Psych, 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.


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.

Finding Neverland

Day Schedule

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

10:00 - Foundations of ethical practice

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Integrity in Depth

12:30 - Lunch Break

- Please return on time

1:30 - Reflections and Ethics Choices

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - Being Steadily Conscientious

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - Effective Decision Making

5:00 - Course - sign out by completing the evaluation

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

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.

Finding Neverland