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Wonder Woman Mentor

Law & Ethics 10: Supervision and Practice

A six-hour course with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

This course meets the Law & Ethics requirement for re-licensure. It also provides six hours of mandate for clinical supervisors.

Course Description

This day combines Law and Ethics for psychotherapists with training in Clinical Supervision. The course is not just for supervisors. The material applies to any mentoring work, including psychotherapy. It is designed for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs and other mental health professions. It would also be of interest to those in similar roles, such as training clergy, teachers, or correctional counselors.

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

Discussion will draw on the relationship between Wonder Woman and her mentors, including mythic initiatory trainer Antiope. It is through these experiences that Diana, the Amazon princess, is able to develop her abilities. Scenes from the 2017 film will be discussed to illustrate challenges faced by clinicians and supervisors in supporting trainees and clients. Like Antiope, we help each protégé claim a larger identity. Familiarity with the film is not required. No film clips will be shown. Focus is on the imagery and symbolism of the story.

We will also reflect on the rewards of following a calling. Joseph Campbell showed us how wisdom stories transmit hidden resources. Transformative learning requires many personal paradigm shifts. Emerging knowledge is revealed at each stage of identity formation.

Our grasp of ethics improves as we explain them to others. While this course is aimed primarily at mental health professions, the principles can be applied to mentoring in other situations. Combining two related topics, the day shows how to make legal and ethical standards serve those we mentor.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how integrity develops over the lifespan

  • Recognizing how mentors encourage best qualities

  • Acknowledging unconscious aspects of guidance

  • 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, MFT, LCSW, 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 Locations

  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. - 5 p.m.

9:30 Check-in begins.

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

- 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

- Acknowledging progress and fulfilling requirements

5:00 Course concludes - Be sure to sign out

Wonder Woman Triptych

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

Wonder Woman, Ethical Decisions