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Law & Ethics 5: Managing Difficult Situations

Self-Care in Times of Stress and Distress

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.

Ethical codes call on mental health professionals to monitor their own personal problems and emotional stability. Our fifth course on ethics focuses on the stresses of clinical practice and how such pressures can impact judgment.

After all, our work involves a degree of openness to the unconscious. The daily task of handling psychologically complicated projections can become a challenge at times. There are certainly rough stretches in mental health careers. Old wisdom stories provide guidance for surviving ordeals. We will explore tales about being swallowed by great sea creatures to see what wisdom they offer for handling emotional distress in the course of our professional duties.

The main focus will be on the familiar children's story Pinocchio, with some discussion of its inspiration, the tale of Jonah and the great fish. Emphasis will be on the potential development that can stem from arduous professional experiences.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate effective models of applied ethics

  • Apply systems to enhance professional reliability

  • Explain self-monitoring for effectiveness

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.

Pinocchio and his father at sea

Pinocchio and the Fox

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:

- Self-monitoring as effective risk management

- Owning our developmental issues

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Unconscious aspects of ethics

- Cultivating reliability and avoiding legal problems

- Structuring informed consent to avoid complaints

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Handling unexpected challenges:

- Using reflective practices to maintain core values

- Effective record-keeping to minimize exposure

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - Using legal principles efficiently and comfortably

- Best strategies to avoid malpractice suits

- Dealing with duty-to-warn issues

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - Self care as a professional duty

- Stress management to reduce liability

- Being both imaginative and methodical

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