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Supervision, Encouragement, Inspiration

The Vocation of the Mentor

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.

This course explores supervisory relationships from an archetypal perspective. Presentations will show how initiatory aspects of mentoring are enhanced if unconscious dimensions are honored. Our focus will be on finding the most effective methods of supporting and expanding the skills of others.

Storytelling will draw upon familiar characters, such as Mary Poppins and Gandalf (in The Lord of the Rings) to illustrate skillful mentoring. We will examine how to serve as a worthy example of integrity. Our emphasis is on the preparation of psychotherapists, but the material can be also applied to other mentoring situations. Also useful for those with supervisors.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognizing core principles of mentoring

  • Acknowledging unconscious aspects of the collaboration

  • Modeling authenticity to encourage unique strengths

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.

Der Berggeist - Tolkien's inspiration for Gandalf

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.

The Baker's Apprentice

The Earth could not answer

Day Schedule

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

9:30 Check-in begins.

10:00 How archetypal patterns shape roles

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Hidden dimensions of training

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Developing the richness of the conversation

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - Shifting roles as the learning process advances

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - Acknowledging progress and fulfilling requirements

5:00 - Course concludes - Be sure to sign out

Selections from the Reading List

Ambrose, Larry. (1998) A Mentor's Companion. Chicago: Perrone-Ambrose Associates

Ellenberger, H. (1970) The Discovery of the Unconscious. New York: Basic Books

Freire, Paulo (1970) Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum

Huang, Chungliang Al and Jerry Lynch.(1999) Tao Mentoring: Cultivate Collaborative Relationships in All Areas of Your Life. New York: Avalon/Perseus

Johnson, W. Brad and Charles R. Ridley. (2004) The Elements of Mentoring. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Johnson, W. Brad and Jennifer M. Huwe. (2002) Getting Mentored in Graduate School. Washington: American Psychological Association

Kugler, Paul (Ed.) (1996) Jungian Perspectives on Clinical Supervision. Zurich: Daimon

Langs, R. (1979) The Supervisory Experience. New York: Jason Aronson

Palmer, Parker J. (1998) The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Pipher, Mary (2003) Letters to a Young Therapist (Art of Mentoring) New York: Basic Books

Rountree, Cathleen (2002) The Writer’s Mentor – A Guide to Putting Passion on Paper. York Beach ME: Conari

Sinetar, Marsha (1999) The Mentor’s Spirit: Life Lessons on Leadership and the Art of Encouragement. New York St Martin’s Griffin

Wiener, Jan, Richard Mizen, Jenny Duckham (Eds.) (2003) Supervising and Being Supervised: A Practice in Search of a Theory. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Zachary, Lois J. (2000) The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass