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Wounded Healers Institute

Where the collective unconscious is our teacher

Our Mission Statement

As a independent training, consultation, coaching, advocacy, and research institute, our mission is to explore areas of posttraumatic growth and performance enhancement on individuals, families, communities, systems, societies, and cultures when healing or recovering from normative to pathological trauma, dissociation, and addiction through the Addiction as Dissociation Model (ADM)).

Action Statement

We will execute the mission statement through experiential education, personal development, professional growth, advocacy on integrated findings, and provide an independent check on the foundations of qualitative and quantitative research.

Social Equity Statement

We believe that all humans deserve individual freedom of choice to live their life according to their values, personal philosophy, and traditional reasonings. We acknowledge the importance of anti-racism and anti-oppression work is imperative for all life and is a pillar of trauma-focused care; However, we believe that in order for one to be truly trauma-informed, one must understand the unconscious processes of dissociation and addiction.

Open letter from WHI board

This open letter highlights the basis, context, purpose, intention, justification of creating such an institute. We will briefly outline the professional services that we will perform and, as a declaration of transparency, this letter will address the dynamic that is outlined in the Addiction as Dissociation Model (ADM) (O’Brien & Marich, 2019; Marich, 2012/2020; Marich & Dansiger, 2021) (foundational research performed by Adam O’Brien’s doctoral research (O’Brien, 2023). Thank you for your interest in this endeavor. 

The wounded healer is symbolic of the transformation of consciousness that leads to taking action in one’s life. The archetype has a long history as a psychological profile, professional identity, and represents the dualistic nature of the healing process. As healer’s, we become fascinated by how what was once insurmountable pain, indiscernible dis-ease, or what felt like the absolute certainty of fate, we awaken to a new day that we get to live again. Like after a storm passes, a new profound sense of understanding emerges. The wounded healer concept is also symbolic of the lived-experience, which supports our qualitative and phenomenological style, philosophy, and approach. When one finds a new freedom through a process of healing and recovery, they want to share it with the world. We wish to learn from this intrinsic wisdom and help apply it to the world.

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The Wounded Healers Institute fully complies with all local and New York State cannabis laws, and all federal regulations. We are a risk reduction, mindfulness service and an education company. We do not promote illegal activities or provide resources for obtaining illegal substances or illegal psychedelic psychotherapy services.
The Wounded Healers Institute does not provide or sell cannabis for any aspect of our program, training or events, and it is not a retailer, supplier, manufacturer, reseller, distributor, agent, representative or subcontractor of any cannabis supplier or retailer. Our services do not constitute therapy and we do not diagnose or treat mental health. What we do do is provide access to wellness, posttraumatic growth, and resiliency models to employ the spiritual and developmental model of Addiction as Dissociation and use The Path of the Wounded Healer as our guide.

Please direct any inquiries about our services to support@woundedhealersinstitute.org