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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.
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.
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.
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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.
Dr. Young also gives frequent media interviews, public talks, workshops, and in-service trainings throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Checking-in begins at 9:30 a.m. - Seminar 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Maturity and effective risk management
- Owning our developmental issues
- Cultivating reliability and avoiding legal problems
- Structuring informed consent to avoid complaints
- On your own, please return on time
- Using reflective practices to maintain core values
- Effective record-keeping to minimize exposure
- Best strategies to avoid malpractice suits
- Dealing with duty-to-warn issues
- Maturity as a professional idea
- Being both imaginative and methodical
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