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Law & Ethics 6: Supervision and Risk Management

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 and Supervision. The six hour course satisfies both the mandated class in Law and Ethics ~ and six-hour update on supervision. It would be of interest to anyone who finds themselves in a mentoring role. Virtually all work in the helping professions includes guidance or coaching, so this material has wide applications.

The best healers continue their own inner work. We will look at our selves both as mentors and as earnest students. Careful tending of boundaries is crucial for ethical professional conduct and comfortable risk management. We will review key issues and reflect on our own personal systems for managing difficult situations.

Discussion will draw on the relationship between budding wizard Harry Potter and his teachers, Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall. The adventures are useful studies of challenges faced by trainees, clients, and ourselves. Like Harry, we all need to find courage, allies, and guides in the task of discovering our true selves. To rise to the destiny implied in our own life stories, we must learn our share of magic. The wizardry may be leadership or creativity but the contribution can be powerful in the lives we impact. The tales demonstrates the task of identifying the unique qualities of a protégé.

We are sobered by the mayhem caused by the sorcerer’s apprentice. As we caution our trainees about the moral and ethical considerations, we have to factor in inexperience and ignorance. Rebellious responses to regulatory frameworks many stem less from character flaws than lack of information about why rules have come into existence. Our understanding of the ethical and legal demands improves as we explain them to our protégés. This course is of use for those outside mental health professions. The principles can be broadly applied to mentoring in many situations. Certainly training in other lines of work includes many of the same concerns. By combining two important topics, we hope to find a synergy of insight into how legal and ethical frameworks serve us, and those we mentor.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how integrity develops over the lifespan

  • Recognizing core ethics of 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.

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 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.

Harry Potter

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:

- Being a role model to help protégés develop skills

- 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

- 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

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

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