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Law & Ethics 7: Risk Management Reliability

Trusting What the Heart Sees

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.

Helping professionals need consistent strategies for reducing unwelcomed surprises. Our seventh course on Law and Ethics uses The Little Prince to illustrate how self-awareness can improve ethical choices. The core of risk management is careful judgment and attention to detail. The enchanting tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry offers many insights into serving our best values. To assess situations with maturity we must be open to inner knowing. We will review the lastest information on professional responsibilities. The key is to handle such tasks as duty to protect and mandated reporting, while staying close to our highest ideals.

How to Register

  1. Select a seminar location from Current Courses - Dates and Locations

  2. Register online or call the Center

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how self-awareness influences core ethics

  • Acknowledging unconscious aspects of good judgment

  • Explain the process of making ethical decisions

  • Model authenticity as risk management

  • Demonstrate how reflective practices support reliability

  • Apply systems to enhance professional 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.

The following CE credits are available:

  • Psychology, MFT, LCSW, NBCC : 6 CE hours

  • Nursing : 7 hours

This course meets:

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


Instructor: 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.

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 Little Prince looks out at the stars

The Little Price on a faraway planet

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:

- The inner life of risk management

- Self-monitoring as effective risk management

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 Unconscious aspects of ethics

- Cultivating reliability and avoiding legal problems

- Demonstrating integrity in Depth

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 Handling unexpected challenges:

- Using reflective practices to maintain core values

- Thoughtful action in duty to protect situations

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 Using legal principles efficiently and comfortably

- Best strategies to avoid malpractice suits

- Practicing good judgment in mandated reporting

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 - 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