Duration: 4 Day 8-hour Training | 24 Continuing Education Hours
The Heart Based Support Specialist Certification Program is specially designed to meet the particular needs and challenges of healthcare, mental health, and human services providers and caregivers. This highly experiential and uniquely enjoyable program is centered around learning a heart based approach to preventing burnout and compassion fatigue and enhancing personal growth, enabling participants to become more effective Peer Support Specialists, coaches, mentors, or therapists.
Support Specialists must interact on a very personal level with many people who are facing mental, emotional or substance use challenges. Given this type and level of communication, compassion fatigue is a major problem that frequently occurs not only among Support Specialists, but among all types of human services providers, and it significantly impacts therapeutic effectiveness as well as the quality of one’s personal life. When our heart and mind are in proper alignment, the innate wisdom of our heart guides our verbal and non-verbal responses in a way that best serves the needs of others.
Being a counselor, coach, mentor, volunteer or Peer Support Specialist isn’t just about supporting others in their recovery process – it is about a continued journey of personal self-discovery. Our ability to regulate emotions while remaining relaxed, grounded and heart-centered during challenging encounters is the key to healthy role modeling. Remaining in heartfelt, non-judgmental unconditional regard, learning to diffuse challenging situations, and helping people feel at ease when they are emotionally reactive are also crucial components to being an effective human services provider. In order to establish deep trust and rapport with people while empowering them to hear the voice of truth from their hearts, we must become examples of what it means to live a heart-centered life.
Professionals may begin the Heart Based Support Specialist Certification Program by taking any one of the following core training workshops:
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The Heart Based Support Specialist curriculum consists of the following individual course components. Each course is an 8-hour training and can be completed in one full or two half days as scheduling permits.
Human services providers are often exposed to stressful and challenging situations in their personal lives, with clients, and within the workplace. As a result, unresolved emotions can become triggered while hindering personal and interpersonal effectiveness as well as overall well-being. Learn a heart based approach for managing and defusing unproductive emotional states. Participants will understand the dynamics of un-forgiveness and different emotional patterns. Deepen the experience of heart-mind alignment and learn to rely on the heart’s connection to unconditional love in order to enhance well-being.
A major conference, the National Consensus Conference on Creating More Compassionate Systems of Care, concluded that models of care should be focused on relationships with individuals and communities and that in any health delivery system compassion should be the driving outcome. The World Health Organization has indicated that a mechanistic view of patients is no longer satisfactory, and reports the value of faith, hope and compassion in the healing process. Research has also suggested that compassion is not a technique but a state of being that the practitioner experiences. Participants in this workshop will learn to access and sustain the natural heart-based state of compassionate, non-judgmental, and unconditional regard. Participants will learn to be in Heart Based Presence in their heart zone in order to create client safety, address challenging situations, and increase therapeutic effectiveness.
Throughout history, ancient traditions have emphasized the importance of following our heart, listening to our heart and gaining intelligence from our heart. Research has now investigated heart brain interaction and how positive heartfelt feelings can influence autonomic nervous system balance, emotional regulation and perceptions. Although science has historically viewed the brain as being the source of intelligence, research has indicated that there is quite literally a brain in the heart, and that 60-65percent of the cells in the heart are not muscle cells, but neural cell identical to neural cells in the brain. Improving heart-mind alignment can give access to improved clarity, insights and heart wisdom. Participants will learn to utilize innate heart wisdom for emotional regulation, enhancing creative solutions, and enhancing therapeutic effectiveness.
The uniquely effective module of Heart Based Therapeutics™ will develop skills to build a stronger bond of trust and rapport with clients so that suspicions can be defused. A core focus is learning to utilize a heart based approach to support clients in learning to relax and de-escalate emotional re-activity. Learning to guide clients to experience a deeper sense of heart-mind alignment and positive heartfelt qualities such as peace, calm, joy, and gratitude will also be explored. Learning to become comfortable with challenging client situations, maintaining healthy boundaries, not taking things personally, and remaining in compassionate heart based presence are all critical for therapeutic success and will be covered.
There is also a special opportunity for human services providers who have fulfilled the Support Specialist Certification requirements to attain status as Certified Heart Based Therapeutics™ Therapists/Practitioners by completing four additional courses and clinical consultation for case study review. Learn more about this advanced program featuring the Emotional Clearing Process – a state-of-the-art therapeutic modality for effectively diffusing trauma, unresolved issues, burdens, and unproductive emotional patterns.
The Heart Based Support Specialist Certification Program provides valuable in-depth training for any human services provider, including:
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Participants will learn and feel for themselves what it means to experience a deeper heart-mind alignment, directly enhancing feelings of peace, calm, joy, and gratitude in daily life. The following simple to learn skills are included in the training:
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