Online Training – Awakening the Healing Soul: Indigenous Wisdom for Today’s Healers

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm ET
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours
Cost of training: $80.00

CE Eligibility: MPA psychology, NBCC clinical counselor, ASWB social work
Additional CE Processing Fee: $18.00

This workshop explores what modern professionals can learn from traditional healing practices, particularly in helping people recover from trauma and prevent abuse of all kinds. As examples, the workshop focuses on understanding the ethical integration of how placebo, hope, and expectancy effects can be used to assist clients’ ability to participate in treatment as well as understanding transformative processes and their relationship to Maslow’s peak experiences and self-actualization. The workshop also explores the definitions of evidence-based practices and best-practice therapies and how current models do and don’t make use of what ancient knowledge has to offer. Finally, it examines the emerging research into entheogenic medicine and explores possible implications for multi-disciplinary treatment.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
1) Distinguish at least six fundamental differences between traditional and conventional Western healing methods.
2) Describe a framework of ethical guidelines to assure professionalism while employing traditional, indigenous-inspired healing methods.
3) Identify the altered states that occur in various religious and healing practices.
4) Identify at least four factors that have produced helpful placebo effects.
5) Identify elements of treatment that have a nocebo effect and skills needed to prevent them.
6) Describe how quaternary prevention can focus on the prevention of harm through well-intended interventions.
7) Provide plain-speaking and viable definitions of soul, medicine, and spirit.

You must purchase the training and the
Continuing Education credits separately

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm. The charge is $80. To be eligible for the CE credits, you must attend the entire live training. The Continuing Education credits must be purchased separately. See information to the right about purchasing CE credits.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

4 Continuing Education Credits

The Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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This program has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3604.

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Awakening the Healing Soul: Indigenous Wisdom for Today’s Healers, Course #3539, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Continuing Excellence LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 04/16/2021 – 04/16/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical continuing education credits.
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Geral Blanchard
Author, Lecturer, and Psychotherapist

Geral Blanchard is an author, lecturer, and psychotherapist who is conventionally trained in psychology and anthropology. Currently he maintains a private practice in Des Moines, Iowa. Gerry has served trauma victims and abusers for over 48 years. He has also worked as a consultant and trainer for chemical dependency treatment programs in four states and has provided program consultation at prisons in the U.S. and Sweden. Several of Gerry’s early books addressed the subject of sexual abuse. His book Transcending Trauma describes how posttraumatic stress (PTS) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can become powerful engines for personal growth and thriving — what he calls posttraumatic growth (PTG). Two more recent books, Ancient Ways and Ancient Ethics, explore indigenous innovations that can complement treatment processes in Western medicine and psychology. His latest book (2020), Awakening the Healing Soul, Gerry shares many stories drawn from visits with shamans around the globe. Gerry is a popular speaker who has chaired conference committees and given invited plenary addresses on the topic of preventing violence and aggression.

CE Credits coordinated by Continuing Excellence, LLC

Frequently Asked Questions

How and Where?
This course is offered online through Zoom. The course is didactic in nature with periodic interaction between presenter and participants. Participants are required to remain in attendance for the entire runtime (break time is given during the program). Throughout the training, attendees are allowed to ask the trainer(s) questions about the material. The trainers may also sometimes ask attendees to participate, but this is not required.

What do I have to do?
All you have to do is be logged in to Zoom once the training begins and stay with us the entire time (breaks are given throughout the training). To receive credit, participants are also required to complete a brief evaluation form.

When I’m done, how do I get my credit?
After the live training is complete, a link to an evaluation form will be sent to you by email. Once we’ve verified you attended and reviewed your completed evaluation form, a certificate of completion will be processed. You will receive your certificate by email. This process usually takes no more than 2-3 weeks.

Registration Deadline?
24 hours before the scheduled start time of the program. (April 21, 2021, 11:00 AM Eastern time)

What kind of computer do I need?
Any device with internet capabilities, but we recommend either a desktop or a laptop, (Compatible with both Mac and Windows). A link to join the training will be sent to the email used during registration one day before the live event. If you would prefer to download the Zoom program prior to the event, it is available for download here:

Audience Level
This training is for professionals working with people who have experienced complex trauma as well as people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level
Intermediate to Advanced

Special Accommodations Statement
Safer Society and Continuing Excellence are dedicated to meeting the needs of all attendees. Attendees will be provided with copies of the presenters’ materials (PowerPoint slides, images, etc.) for their own reference. Please note that our courses are offered online through an interactive live-feed. Closed captions will be available for this training. If you are interested in attending this training but have a special accommodations request, please contact us prior to registration by email ( or phone at (802) 247-3132.

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