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Magee Ethics Workshop: Attacks of Conscience and the Complexity of Ethical Choice (LIVESTREAMING)

Sean Fitzpatrick

Event details

Generously underwritten by The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation

3 Ethics CE hours

What do we do with experiences of moral urgency in our clinical encounters? Attacks of conscience are just that: great bursts of unconscious energy that can obscure as often as they clarify. Fear often resides at the heart of these experiences. Socially determined standards are in danger of violation, potentially upsetting an order that provided us an illusory sense of security. A quick decision may provide a sense of relief and seeming resolution, but it may also block the emergence of a more mature capacity to bear responsibility for our actions in the world—a responsibility that we always carry, regardless of whether our choices conform to social norms. In this workshop, we will use film, lecture, and discussion to explore how mature ethical discernment requires us to endure conflicts between seemingly irreconcilable ethical positions.

This livestreaming program can be taken from home or anywhere with an internet connection. If you register, you will be emailed viewing instructions either the evening before or the morning of the event.

All times are CDT. Please contact Mary Oleyar at with any questions. Learn more about online learning.

What do we do with experiences of moral urgency in our clinical encounters?

About the instructor

Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, holds master's degrees in religious studies (Rice University) and clinical psychology (University of Houston - Clear Lake) and received his doctorate in psychology through Saybrook University's program in Jungian studies. Sean is a psychotherapist in private practice and has been employed at The Jung Center since 1997. His recent book The Ethical Imagination: Exploring Fantasy and Desire in Analytical Psychology is available in The Jung Center bookstore. His research interests also include the intersection of psychology and spirituality, and vicarious trauma and the self-care needs of helping professionals and social service providers. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and serves on the boards of the Houston Museum District Association and the Network of Behavioral Health Providers. His local and national teaching schedule can be found at his website,

General details

Date & time


July 17, 2020
09:00 AM

3.25 h

Number of sessions

Continuing Education Units

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  • July 17, 2020 14:00 Magee Ethics Workshop: Attacks of Conscience and the Complexity of Ethical Choice - Day 1



$20.00 USD


$25.00 USD

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