- Length: 3 sessions, 12 hours total
- Class Format: On-demand teleclass to take anytime, at your convenience.
You will receive links to 12 hours of MP3 recordings (from a live class which includes the questions, comments and interactions of the participants with the instructor) and PDF’s containing 119 pages of detailed handouts.
- Tuition: $299
- Instructor: Teresa Wagner, MS
- Who Should Attend: The class has been designed for all helping professionals, including but not limited to: grief support practitioners in various roles and settings (such as pet loss support group facilitators, chat room moderators, veterinarians and veterinary staff, shelter staff, etc.), animal communicators, chaplains, counselors and those who practice any healing arts.
- Register: Click here to purchase (This link will automatically redirect you to the Animals in our Hearts web site for purchase.)
- Testimonials: Click here
For students enrolled in the certification program:
- This is a required class
- Prerequisite: None
- Required Reading:
• The Educated Heart, Nina McIntosh
• Ethics Handbook for Energy Healing Practitioners, David Feinstein, Ph.D and Donna Eden
- Fee for Coaching & Mentoring session held after submission of Written Class Review: $198 (fee not applicable for students who have pre-paid the entire certification program fee which includes these sessions)
Content and Purpose:
Have you ever felt worn out or overwhelmed with your work in helping others? Have you ever struggled with boundaries in client relationships? Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your role as a helper or as a client and wondered what the ethics of pet loss grief counseling really are? Have you ever been told you are “too sensitive” for your own good? Most of us in professional helping roles have faced these issues at one time or another. This class provides strategies for these issues with discussions, shared ideas and stories, case studies, hands-on exercises and numerous handouts.
Many of us began our work in the helping professions—whether in counseling, animal communication, grief support or other healing arts—deeply motivated by love, compassion and a genuine heart-felt desire to serve. While this provides a profoundly important foundation, it is not enough. If we don’t also consciously develop and use energetic boundaries and the ethics of pet loss grief counseling in our work, we can inadvertently undermine the effectiveness and quality of the help we offer others and also become depleted ourselves.
The practice of consciously using energetic boundaries and protection is one of the most vital and primary areas of competency needed to do any work in the helping professions, and to do the work well without becoming burned out, and without violating the boundaries and ethics of pet loss grief counseling–even unwittingly.
This class provides an in-depth opportunity to examine and explore how both the ethics of pet loss grief counseling and energetic boundaries can be applied in our work to provide clients with a sense of safety, trust and optimum opportunities for healing and growth, and to provide ourselves with energetic preparedness to offer our knowledge and skills with clarity, without bias (including unconscious bias), and with greater ability to be fully present with the stories, pain and trauma of clients with reduced risk of burnout and compassion fatigue.
Participants in this class have an opportunity to:
- Learn methods of energetic protection to be able to remain fully open-hearted and compassionate when working with clients without taking in their pain and energy—which reduces the risks of secondary traumatization (compassion fatigue) and burnout.
- Increase understanding about the full nature of “being sensitive”—that it is normal, it is healthy and is a gift that must be handled with continual, conscious care if it is to be enjoyed by those who possess it and used effectively to help others.
- Develop a clear understanding of the dynamics and negative impact of filtering and projection; and learn tools to prevent inappropriate, and often unconscious, filtering and projecting of our own beliefs, ideas and values onto clients.
- Explore the core ethics of the helping professions, with particular attention to the context of ethics of pet loss grief counseling, as a tool to bridge the gap between our intention to serve with integrity and professionalism and specific guidelines of how to do that.
- Build our awareness of how to set boundaries regarding the logistics and decisions of how we work, when we work, and with whom we work.
To learn more about the ethics of pet loss grief counseling and energetic boundaries, read the Code of Ethics and Underlying Principles of this program.You may also be interested in the related class Grief Support Skills: How to Effectively Support Others Who Grieve the Loss of a Pet
Ethics are far more than a list of rules. Ethics are the principles adopted by practitioners within a field to translate the desire to serve into the profession’s evolving wisdom about how best to serve. ~ David Feinstein, Ph.D. and Donna Eden, Ethics Handbook for Energy Healing Practitioners
Ethics are far more than a list of rules. Ethics are the principles adopted by practitioners within a field to translate the desire to serve into the profession’s evolving wisdom about how best to serve.
~ David Feinstein, Ph.D. and Donna Eden, Ethics Handbook for Energy Healing Practitioners
When you reach out to clients, ~ American Animal Hospital Association Educational Videotape Series:
some will occasionally make requests of you personally that are beyond your capabilities and or desires to grant. When you feel the boundaries of your personal or professional responsibilities being stretched, it’s helpful to be prepared with answers that release you from agonizing decisions.
Remember you are not really helping anyone if you are stressed and feeling resentful about your caregiving.
Understanding Client Pet Loss
When you reach out to clients,
~ American Animal Hospital Association Educational Videotape Series:
Session 1: Ethics of Pet Loss Grief Counseling and Our Motivation to Help Others
- The intersection of helper values and beliefs and client values and beliefs: The role and purpose of ethics and guiding principles in the helping professions
- Assessing and Understanding Our Own Motivations to Help
- The Helping Practitioner’s Pyramid: The Four Elements of Effective Facilitation of Healing
- Traditional Ethical Principles and Areas of Needed Competence for Helpers
- Awareness and Illumination of Blind Spots
- Code of Ethics of Pet Loss Grief Counseling in the Animal Loss & Grief Support Institute’s Training and Certification Program
- Strategies for Thinking Through Ethical Dilemmas: Who and what needs to be considered? What is the best possible course of action?
- Case Studies: Which ethics of pet loss grief counseling and guiding principles apply?
- The Ethical and Legal Issues of Copyright: Guidelines to protect your intellectual property and to respect the intellectual property of others
Session 2: Energetic Boundaries to Protect Clients from Potential Bias, Filtering or Projection
- The role and purpose of energetic boundaries to protect clients in helping relationships
- Obstacles to grief support [and any helping] competence
- The power of language to communicate respect, acceptance and nurturing neutrality
- Effectively handling our own reactions and pain about our client’s loss and pain
- The importance of not exposing clients to our pain or reactions about their loss
- Tools: Internal and external strategies for clearing own values and beliefs during client contact
- Case Studies: Which ethics and guiding principles apply?
Session 3: Energetic Boundaries to Protect Ourselves from Potential Overwhelm and Compassion Fatigue
- The role and purpose of energetic boundaries to protect ourselves in helping relationships
- Concepts and self assessments
- Issues helpers may encounter regarding boundaries of logistics policies and unrealistic client expectations
- Preventing Secondary Traumatic Stress: Managing overwhelming feelings in response to client stories/trauma
- Energetic protection issues for highly sensitive and empathic people
- Tools: internal and external strategies for protection from overwhelm of others’ energy and pain
- Case Studies: Which ethics, guiding principles and tools apply?
Everyone should take this class!!
It has changed my whole outlook and opened up my eyes to see how I can be effective for clients. Changed by whole business outlook. Everyone should take this class!!
~ Diane D, Kingston, MA
A good reminder to be more protected while in a helping role
Very, very good class on boundaries and ethical practices A good reminder to be more protected while in a helping role. Very helpful to look at the individual examples of exercises and case studies.
~ Lori P, Cloverdale, CA
Class has given me ideas to strengthen my boundaries with love
It’s a very unique class and addresses so much. I have enjoyed clarifying many grey areas. Boundaries has been a biggie for me as I work with people and they start to see me as a “friend” then I feel guilty if I can’t enable that friendship like I am hurting them. The class has given me ideas to strengthen my boundaries with love from the beginning. Thank you!
~ Narel W, Tomerong NSW, Australia
The class was magnificent
The written materials were so filled with valuable information about boundaries and ethics of pet loss grief counseling and were very pleasing to the eye. Teresa’s soothing voice and meticulous holding of space brought me immense healing while I learned. Thank you so much for this big gift.
~ Jane S, Santa Maria, CA
Having done a lot of curriculum design, I was constantly aware of how beautifully conceived and implemented this course was
I received some wonderful training in the tools of my practice, but knew something was missing. This was it. Principles that I had grasped intuitively but not named became clear and therefore reliably accessible to me. I feel ready to embrace my work as a flower essence practitioner with fresh verve and confidence. As a college professor, I know how valuable “could have been better” comments are in fine-tuning a course. So I wish I had something to contribute. No luck there! Having done a lot of curriculum design, I was constantly aware of how beautifully conceived and implemented this course was. When students are learning happily and easily, you can bet that the instructor has spent countless hours and much deep and detailed thought to create the conditions that make learning seem easy. Teresa is a master teacher.
The Helping Practitioner’s Pyramid brings important principles together in an integrated way that can be called on right in the moment for guidance. Only two days after my first class, I was asked to help with a very serious and difficult decision about an animal’s health care. I brought the pyramid to my mind’s eye and referred to it repeatedly during the session. I found it to be an elegant and reliable guide which contributed considerably to the positive outcome of this conversation.
Doing the exercises in advance primed me for full participation in the class, allowing me to start mulling over issues and how they related to me so that I could take full advantage of the sessions. The case studies helped anchor the principles in real life, and will make it much easier to remember and apply the principles in the future.
Teresa is a trustworthy guide who practices the principles she teaches. She listened carefully to what participants had to say, honored our contributions and skillfully tied our input back to the principles she was teaching. She is a caring presence and skilled teacher.
~ Laurel B, Pasadena, CA
The class was very well prepared
The handouts were actually more complete and thorough and a great prep for each session, much more so than most of the nursing seminars I’ve attended that have cost more. There was a lot of time to hear comments and ask questions. Teresa was very generous with her time.
~ Kendra L, Los Angeles, CA
Teresa’s usual thoroughness and excellent organization made everything very digestible and clear. I got clarity on copyrights and use of materials.
~ Roberta J, Chelsea, MI
Great material. Wonderful handouts.
Excellent class Teresa! Great discussion. You outdid yourself again!!! I am so grateful for this experience!!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! I enjoy your classes so much! You are an excellent teacher and facilitator. And one of the most big-hearted most compassionate people I know. I am so grateful for you.
~ Lori K, Fallston, MD
The class was magnificent
The written materials were so filled with valuable information on boundaries and ethics of pet loss grief counseling and were very pleasing to the eye. Teresa’s soothing voice and meticulous holding of space brought me immense healing while I learned. Thank you so much for this big gift.
~ Jane S, Santa Maria, CA
I so admire your integrity in doing whatever it takes to get the information out, clearly and completely!
The material on boundaries has framed a couple of conversations with clients this week. Even when I know the material already, it helps (adds to the toolkit) to hear the way you put it. Thank you.
~ Rev. Nancy S, Hayward, CA
Boundaries are like protective circles surrounding the professional relationship. Rather than being barriers that separate us from our clients, good boundaries safeguard both practitioner and client. Good boundaries don’t create walls between client and practitioners: rather, they create a safe space within which we can touch clients’ hearts and ease their spirits.
Without clear, thought-out boundaries, our decisions about boundaries and ethics are likely to be based on a hodgepodge of conflicting influences: our upbringing, our own biases and prejudices, emulation of teachers or mentors who may or may not have good boundaries themselves, and when in doubt, we may throw in a random piece of wisdom from the latest self-help book we’ve read.
~ Nina McIntosh, The Educated Heart