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Law & Ethics 4: Phantom Issues in Risk Management

Phantom of the Opera, Navigating the Waters

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 fourth course on ethics considers the influence of unseen dimensions. Psychotherapists generally strive to provide the best care while minimizing liability. Staying current with legal and ethical updates is crucial, as is self-knowledge about any personal issues that could lead to professional blind spots.

Effective risk management requires mature judgment and attention to detail. Laws, social expectations, standards of care, personal values, and unconscious elements all enter into applied ethics.

This course includes consideration of the unseen dimensions. Phantom issues can be unmanaged stress, unacknowledged counter-transference, or life-stage transition struggles.

The course format is storytelling with discussion. We will use The Phantom of the Opera to illustrate how personal complexes can influence ethical choices. The principle texts will be the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical theater version and later film adaptation.

The course includes updates on standard of care such as informed consent, record keeping, duty to warn, mandated reporting, and long-term planning. Throughout the day, we will reflect on philosophical issues underlying ethical behavior. It is open to anyone interested in honoring their best qualities and values.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate effective models of applied ethics

  • Apply systems to enhance professional reliability

  • Explain psychological foundations of integrity

This seminar is taught at the introductory level and requires no advance preparation. However, participants are provided with a recommended reading list as part of their class materials.

CE Credit information

The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology.

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.

Christine takes a boat ride

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 integrity:

- Maturity and 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 - Long-term planning to reduce liability

- Maturity as a professional idea

- Being both imaginative and methodical

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

Christine and the phantom

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

Christine and the phantom