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Ethics in Depth Psychology

The Way of Individuation

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.

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 does include updates on standard of care such as informed consent, duty to warn, and mandated reporting (very similar in content to those brief sections of our earlier ethics courses) - mainly, the day is 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, 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

  • Describe how integrity develops over the lifespan

  • Demonstrate how reflective practices support reliability

  • Explain the process of making ethical decisions

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.

Peter comes in at the window

A discussion on a park bench

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 - Integrity in Depth

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, 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 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