WHI Community Policy

This FORM that you have to sign but you can Review it below.

WHI recognizes that this is an everchanging document that outlines our policies and procedures. Our policies and procedures are supported by our continued experiences as a business and aims to continue to improve upon itself. What is outlined here is what allows for consistency in our programming, your safety, and our longevity as a business. You adhering to our policies and procedures are critical to both of our successes.

Orientation: Creating community involves both of us trusting each other to manage our own expectations of what we can do and what we cannot do to or for each other. We do not heal you but are providing the expertise and the setting for you to do and learn that yourself. If we cannot we trust each other, then this approach may not be what is best for each other. We create trust together but that takes time and understanding. By reading this you are earning trust with us and trust with yourself. You can trust that we are providing a supportive environment by qualified personal (teachers, trainers, coaches, consultants, advocates, and researchers) to help you do your maintenance healing and posttraumatic growth from developmental trauma, normative dissociation, and universal addictions, based on our research.

Just a gym, you need to know your own limits when working out with us. Just like a spa, sit back and enjoy the healing and reap what you sow. What we offer are suggestions. For a gym example, if you need someone to spot you while lifting something heavy, you ask for help and coordinate solutions before you do any heavy lifting. For the spa example, With WHI, who you ask externally for help from are your identified personal trainer, coach, and healer. For your self-work, who you ask internally is your Meeting Area, which you will do as a part of our process.

Who We Are

WHI is an independent research institute that specializes in normative to pathological range of trauma, dissociation, and addiction. As a result of these specialties, we are experts in dissociative expressions, religious and spiritual experiences, and normative and altered states of consciousness. This has historically been viewed skeptically and has led to many people (individuals, communities, generations, and nations) being unjustly imprisoned or killed as a result. This is in large part due to a misunderstanding between those who acknowledge their dissociation as a recovery experience and those who don’t. Nonetheless, we have created a program that offers anyone willing to take it the opportunity to find out for themselves what their dissociative material has for them before they die. We also educate on how to heal humanities deepest wounds through the use of memory reconsolidation, states of dual attention (dissociation), and psychedelic medicines. The way we see it, healing is our birthright and what Gabor Mate called “healing as a subversive act”. While we recognize that anyone reading this can interpret what we mean differently, we can only be as clear as we can at this point because we do not know what is in store for you. We have developed measures for your physical and emotional well-being but what you don’t know, you don’t know, so there is a learning curve with this and we are open to your feedback. With that said, we also know the territory so we also know that you have everything you need right here and right now.

As an education and healing center, we welcome community but also recognize that mental health involves expressions of illness, which really has more to do with symptoms of normal stress than anything else pathological. The way we see it, is that this is normal to have symptoms of distress and illness. Research agrees (See ACE Study) This does not exclude people from taking care of themselves however, of which, our gym and spa idea starts to make more sense the more you do it. We welcome healthy collaboration. We welcome new opportunities to grow and heal together. We are also family-oriented in that we support educating families how to utilize adaptively use mindful dissociation with their ongoing healing needs.

WHI has a Path of the Wounded Healers (PWH) training and program manual that can be accessed on our webpage: woundedhealersinstitute.org/courses/orientation/

Managing Expectations

Our expectations: You have an adult within you and so you are or have access to an adult when engaging in our services and as a result you take responsibility for your actions.

Your expectations: To not have someone hurt you intentionally or unintentionally, to have a supportive environment, and to have access to our knowledge base and skillset.

Purpose of Community Policy

Our community policy is for everyone to have a common understanding that we are all trying our best. We are all dealing with something. We are all coping with the life and death process all the time and choosing this lifestyle is to support your ongoing healing maintenance as a conscious choice. We live in community and want people to have good experiences. We do not have a specific policy for how you interact with others in the community when in our services but the line between the culture that we are trying to cultivate and our policy is whether or not you would say it or do it to yourself.

GENERAL COMMUNITY POLICIES

“Do no direct harm to self or others” is our number one policy so by engaging in our community you are acknowledging our policies that

1)    If there is a medical emergency, we/you have to call 911. If you are unable to call 911, we will check in with you and decide if that is what is needed, based on your answer and presentation. When and if medical personal is present, we defer to them.

2)    If diagnosable disorders are currently present and active, then being under the care of a medical or psychological provider is necessary. We help in determining this in our application or screening process. Like a gym or spa, we do not have medical staff so if you need something, you have to ask for it.  

3)    Be kind and respectful in your speech and non-verbal interactions.

4)    You will reach out to us if you are having a psychological emergency and we can guide you towards the best solution. If not, then 988.

5)    You will be in a regulated state to workout with your personal trainer, sitter, guide, coach, therapist, doctor, or healer. Solution: If you are not, communicate that to us.

6)    You will only use clean medicine that have been tested or homegrown by you.

7)    You will use an identified designated driver or designated taxi service or not consume any cannabis products at least 3-hours (for smoking). Edibles must have a designated driver.

8)    You will only watch/listen to coursework material in a safe and calm environment and you will not do them while operating heavy or deadly machinery.

9)    You agree to not self-work out alone. Solution: Tell someone (who you live with, healer, or fellow journeyer) that you are doing a solo in case you need to reach out.)

10) You agree to not consume more medicine than you need to. Solution: Check with the Meeting Area and then your healer.

11) You agree to not take any illegal substances or alcohol during your ceremony.

PSYCHEDELIC POLICIES

1.     Clean or homegrown medicines ONLY.

2.     Take only what you need during ceremony.

3.     CBD is permissible substitute for anyone who is agreeable to it.

4.     If under 21, you must have a valid medical card for THC. CBD w/ guardians’ permission.

5.     If you are in a state where THC is not legal, then we recommend working with CBD

DISSOCIATIVE OR ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS POLICIES

1.     Know your system enough to know that you can do this.

2.     Experiences are felt and lived experiences that can be a reproduction of a similar and previous experience.

ONLINE POLICIES

By registering for these trainings, PTG Gym and Spa, workshop, events, and intensives you acknowledge that you meet the technological requirements and self-awareness needed to participate in a self-study and self-guided program. There are professionals here to guide you through it, but you have to be aware enough to know that we are not mind readers. If you require technical assistance, you are required to reach out to your instructor at least one week prior to the start of training.

1)    For those taking medicine as a part of your training and self-care, you have to have an emergency contact on file and attend individual or Q&A or discussion sessions.

2)    You have to do MASA with an approved professional

Technological Training Requirements: Attendance at all live sessions on the indicated dates is mandatory for completion of this course. These live lecture and practicum sessions will be hosted by the video conferencing platform. Links for joining these live sessions are included in the course portals. These links will prompt you to download the software if you have not already done so, and will then connect you to the session. Please plan on joining a few minutes early for troubleshooting if you are not already familiar with the platform.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: You have read and agree to WHI’s Organizational Policies, which stipulate the terms for refunds, cancellations, and resolving grievances and disputes.

Correspondence from Training Organization: WHI regularly sends correspondence about the training, including an email confirmation at registration and several emails leading up to each training. The emails presently come from noreply@woundedhealersinstitute.org Additionally, WHI may send out emails from support@woundedhealersinstitute.org. If you are not receiving these emails, you are required to check your spam folder as correspondence from new organizations often ends up there. Once you receive your first correspondence, please save the email to your address book. If you have not received a confirmation email or other correspondence from the organization within seven days of the event, it is your responsibility to reach out to us by email or phone.

Professionalism: You will show up on time and be fully present for each session, acting in a professional manner. You will reach out to your faculty member or any assistant if any unexpected problems arise. Staying present for online learning can come with its unique set of challenges, and you agree to take full responsibility for addressing your needs in the area of grounding and self-care during the training. You agree to refrain from alcohol and unsolicited illicit drug use during the training and agree to speak with your faculty member or an assistant if you anticipate that your impairment due to prescribed medications might pose a problem during the training. The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if the trainee creates an unsafe or unprofessional environment for you or for other trainees, or for any other reason, at their sole discretion.

Accommodations: WHI follows the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We ask that if you are in need of any special accommodations that will allow you to take your training with us online, please email us with any special requests thirty days before the scheduled training. If, during the training, a need for an accommodation arises, you are expected to contact your instructor and/or practicum assistant immediately and we will discuss the best possible solution.

Confidentiality: There is no client relationship or other privilege that would create a duty rising to the level of clinical confidentiality in this training setting; however, you are expected to respect the confidentiality of other trainees in the group, and your trainer will explain the importance of confidentiality. Trainees who observe a problem with another trainee are expected to bring the problem to the lead trainer or other training staff. Similarly, if a staff member observes an issue with professionalism, they reserve the right to discuss that issue with the lead trainer.

Preparedness for Doing Your Own Work: If you have received a major mental health diagnosis (past or present), you acknowledge that you are taking this training and engaging in this practicum at your own risk, and agree to alert faculty or training staff before or during the training if any complications arise. If any problems arise, you agree to address them with faculty or staff members.

TRAINING POLICIES

WHEN YOU ARE AT AN EVENT (TRAINING, WORKSHOP, INTENSIVE, COACHING)

1)    First and foremost, we trust your process because we trust our own.

2)    Your presence at the entire training is required at all sessions, on video, as an attendance verification. No partial credit can be awarded, if credit is needed.

3)    We reject no one on the grounds that healing is an innate response to pain, however, people may need additional resources to be successful in our programming. We will provide resources that hopefully will benefit you in the long run.

GRIEVANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURE

In the rare occurrence that there is an issue with WHI or one of its affiliates or faculty by our or their own accord, we reserve the right to have arbitration before involving the law because of how historically these topics have been treated. We are the means of arbitration to the conflict that rests inside of all of us and if there is something that is unconsciously trying to express itself, we are here to listen. We can take what you have to give. Our research points to grave misunderstandings in the medical and psychological models of care and has chosen to educate on how spiritual models offer more of a long-term solution. We steer away from pathology because creating pathology is pathological. We acknowledge both sides of pathology in our work.

Our procedure is to run the issue by our council of elders (IRB) and provide reasonable solutions to the parties involved. You can contact our support@woundedhealersinstitute.org to make a complaint. If you wish to be anonymous you can upload your document HERE. Upon receipt of a complaint, our council of elders will provide feedback as to what to do. If the situation cannot be resolved through arbitration or restorative justice, the council of elders will provide guidance. Due to the limitations of legal resolve, we would choose to address matters directly and personally so we can both grow from them. If there are immediate needs that are life-threatening, then by all means call 911. By signing our agreements you are waiving your rights to legal entanglements in favor of arbitration.

WHI has responsibilities to you as a business that is providing you with the space and skills you will need to map your unconscious territory, memory systems, and regulation:

1.     We agree to do no direct harm, outside of the context of alleviating pain involves going into it.

2.     We are not responsible for your mental health and your life and death decisions. Again, like a gym or healing spa, we guide you and give you suggestions on how to best work-out based on your requests, needs, comfort, and skill level.

Disclaimer

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