Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training
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The HEARTraining® offers helping professionals new and timely support at the forefront of the field of resilience and post-traumatic growth. The HEARTraining begins with the online End of Trauma™ Course bundled with the online OI HEART@Home™ Coaching Certification.
Organic Intelligence is a mindful approach, based in a fact that should be obvious: our system, body and mind, knows how to heal itself. Our biology can, under the right conditions, adapt and grow to meet new challenges. The OI approach is simple: understand the natural conditions that evoke the automatic healing. OI has been taught to thousands of therapists worldwide, and honed over decades of teaching and therapeutic work.
One’s personal journey of inner growth begins in the online End of Trauma Course (EOTC). The HEART@Home online Coaching Certificate program, along with The End of Trauma Course, can prepare coaches, therapists — and anyone with determination and the heart of service — with the OI skills to bring healing support for yourself and others, which become honed in the HEARTraining program. Here you obtain the certificate as HEART Practitioner, and take a major step to becoming Trauma Safe™.
Visit the Event Schedule for an overview of available training locations.
By Enrolling, You Will Discover:
As a Helping
Learn to use
the OI Healing Maps
Learn to use the most innovative, systems-based interventions, effectively and safely.
Empowerment, for Yourself
and for Your Clients
Find the loving power
of your biology.
in Working with Your Clients
Find relief from
stress and burnout.
Relief from Stress,
Find Lasting Inner Peace
Experience the unfolding of your
innate potential and loving Being.
and Professional Excellence
Find empowerment, and
peak performance in life and work.
How to Live Life
with a Mindful Heart
Acquire the tools to embody
the change you wish to see in the world.
Therapy’s Missing Link
Organic Intelligence (OI) is based in the well-established science of complex systems. This biology is what we are, and it is as complex as it is wondrous. Rather than the usual psychological advice, OI teaches the language of our biology. Instead of fixing what’s wrong, and trying to control ourselves and others, we can learn to cooperate with our own natural, biological healing impulse. In learning this language of biological auto-organization, we can catalyze the only sensible healing intelligence — that which awaits from deep within our nature.
Organic Intelligence coaches and practitioners come to understand the essence of biological rhythms and how the loss of nervous system coordination leads to human suffering. Our intervention maps clearly describe how to ‘read’ a person’s nervous system phase and intervene in an appropriate, well timed manner. This is a critical understanding. Organic Intelligence teaches essential attunement: how to understand and speak directly and effectively to the body’s signals for auto-regulation. This is the missing link, and a path of harmonious development.
HEARTraining is a continuing education certificate program which begins with the End of Trauma Course plus the online HEART@Home™ Coaching Certification Course.
In-person trainings are not expected to resume until 2021. When they do, there will be opportunities to meet for three training years, for a total of six 6-day training modules and ongoing self-learning in the OI Virtual Classroom. Upon completion of all training requirements, HEART Graduates will receive the HEARTraining Practitioner Certification.
Human Organic Intelligence wisdom recognizes our compassionate human nature and encourages us to unfold, uniquely, informed by eco- and positive-psychology and, at the systems level, by Deep Ecology.
Empowerment “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” — Jimi Hendrix. Our aim is to overcome malice and doubt in individuals and society through the power of our biology and its capacity to come out of freeze and express compassion and relatedness.
And The most important concept: while polarization occurs both internally and in society, the HEARTraining builds inclusion and provides an essential understanding of the “Both-And” approach. Biologically, personally, ethically, and relationally, there is room for everything and everybody.
Resiliency This is more than learning self-care to support our clients and ourselves, it is the skill and capacity to recognize and allow the support that is already arising from deep within us. It is embodying the unfolding wisdom of our Being which is offering us greater well-being, including in this moment, right now.
Training OI HEARTraining provides a new understanding of humans as deeply compassionate, complex systems. We understand personal development through professional development — and vice versa.
Visit the HEARTraining Curriculum for more information on course objectives.
Experiences from the HEART
“My passion is to bring this to our servicemen and -women, and our veterans; and it’s going to happen!”
“This was an opportunity to learn
from absolutely brilliant people.”
“This training is giving me the
missing link that I need in my work
A Unique Retreat Experience
Something unique happens at the HEARTraining: a powerful environment is created in which a selfless, heart-oriented path is found and nurtured. Students, faculty, and mentors are all profoundly affected by the deeply interconnected community that emerges. The ease and acceptance of the retreat setting allows a mindful path to unfold in a heart-oriented way.
Steve: “To be completely honest, I have been on the fence about the value of the retreat setting. It is now absolutely clear to me that the power of the retreat setting is that it creates a unique life experience, of special value to both students and mentors. It has added so much to the learning process, and contributed so significantly to the development of the students, that I’m humbled by it.”
Six Training Modules
For an optimal learning experience the in-person HEARTraining is taught as a three year training composed of six training modules. Each module includes a 6-day, in-person retreat along with prerequisite at-home study in the OI Virtual Classroom.
OI Virtual Classroom for Ongoing Home Study
Before and between training modules, you will continue learning and exploring Organic Intelligence through the OI Virtual Classroom. Your Virtual Classroom provides lectures, audio recordings, demonstration sessions, practice opportunities, and transcripts on an ongoing basis to support your new skills and theory acquisition. You will work at your own pace and study from the comfort of your home or practice, with the ability to immediately incorporate newly learned material into your personal and professional life.
Additionally, each training module is recorded for home study and made available exclusively to the participants of each cohort.
You will be assigned a Personal Mentor for guidance and support. You can choose how deeply to delve into Organic Intelligence theory and practice as you work with your Mentor to develop a learning plan that suits your own organic pace. Online small group meetings with mentors nurture the connection with your OI Community.
Inclusive, Diverse Community
Organic Intelligence sees as essential the unique perspectives that arise from diverse populations and we dedicate ourselves to the development toward incorporating a harm reduction culture, and a truly inclusive community. In addition, a community of dedicated Organic Intelligence practitioners is evolving to develop international and intercultural projects, post-graduate expertise, and nonprofit efforts. If these values — including the personal transformation work it will require —resonate with you, we most warmly invite your collaborative participation. Scholarships are available.
An Abundant Life of Selfless Service
Ultimately, Organic Intelligence catalyzes our capacity to experience relief from endless striving by natural recalibration of our biology to be natural and efficient. This means ease and heartfelt engagement on behalf of society, something previously found almost exclusively after years of contemplative practice. The Sanskrit term Nishkam Karma describes this ease and engagement as, “Taking responsible action without attachment to the outcome.”
Organic Intelligence Training Trajectory
The HEARTraining trajectory has a developmental progression which integrates skill development while studying and practicing the Organic Intelligence Clinical Protocol.
Following the HEARTraining, further clinical implications of the 3-phase “Attunement” work are taught in the OI Expert Master Class Program. HEARTraining graduates are eligible to move up to this next level of training where the subtlety and sophistication of the Organic Intelligence approach takes another step. Further learning and training opportunities become available, including applying to assist in HEARTrainings around the world, or volunteering for projects with the nonprofit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute (OIOI).
Go to the HEARTraining Curriculum for more information.
Organic Intelligence is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional.
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