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Anne of Green Gables

Law & Ethics 8: Minimizing Liability in Practice and Supervision

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 one-day combines Law and Ethics with Supervision. The six hour course satisfies both the mandated class in Law and Ethics ~ and six-hour update on supervision. It is designed for psychologists, professional counselors and other mental health professions. It would also be of interest to others who hold mentoring roles in helping professions.

The best professional counselors and clinical supervisors continue their own inner work. In keeping with psychodynamic models of treatment and supervision, we will look at our selves both as mentors and as earnest students. Careful tending of boundaries is crucial for ethical conduct and comfortable risk management. We will review key issues in the APA and other codes of ethics to reflect on our own personal systems for managing difficult situations.

Discussion will draw on the relationship between the young orpan Anne of Green Gables and her mentors, including the thoughtful teacher, Miss Muriel Stacy. It is through this mentoring experience that Anne is able to cope with hardship and develop her strengths. The scenes are useful studies of challenges faced by professional counselors and supervisors in supporting trainees and clients. Like Miss Stacy, we help bring our protégés along in the work of claiming a larger identity.

Our understanding of the ethical and legal demands improves as we explain them to others. This course is aimed primarily at mental health professions. Many of the principles can also be applied to supervision and mentoring in other situations. Training in other helping professions includes many of the same concerns. By combining two important topics, we hope to find a synergy of insight into how to make legal and ethical frameworks serve us, and those we help, supervise, and mentor.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how integrity develops over the lifespan

  • Recognizing core ethics of supervision as mentoring

  • Acknowledging unconscious aspects of the collaboration

  • Explain the process of making ethical decisions

  • Model authenticity as risk management

  • Demonstrate how reflective practices support reliability

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.

CE Credit information

The following CE credits are available:

  • Psychology, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, Ed Psych, NBCC : 6 CE hours

  • Nursing : 7 hours

This course meets:

  • Six Law and Ethics hours for Psychologists, MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs

  • All 6 hours of Supervision Training required for MFTs, and LCSWs who supervise MFT interns

  • All 6 hours of Supervision Training required for California Psychologists

  • All 6 hours of Supervision Training required for California health professionals who supervise LPCC interns

  • 6 hours toward the 15 hours of Supervision Training required for LCSWs and MFTs who supervise ASWs

How to Register

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

  2. Register online or call the Center


Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist (PSY10231) who consults with organizational leaders and arts professionals. He teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, where he created and chaired the unique doctoral level department of mythological studies. 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. Dr Young is contributing producer and featured commentator on the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens television series.

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.

Day Schedule

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

10:00 Foundations of ethical practice:

- Review of APA and other professional codes of ethics

- Being a role model to help protégés develop skills

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 Unconscious aspects of ethics

- Psychodynamic models of supervision

- Professional literature on supervision as mentoring

12:30 - Lunch Break

- 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

- Acknowledging progress and fulfilling requirements

5:00 Course concludes

Anne of Green Gables

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

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