Certificate Track


Trauma-Informed Herbalism
Earn your Certificate!

Our 2021 Symposium features an array of classes on various topics relevant to herbal practice. This year's Symposium offers attendees the option of earning a certificate in Trauma-Informed Herbalism in Practice.

Symposium classes designated as part of the Certificate Track and the Post-Symposium Intensive Series are inspired by the experiences of practitioners using herbal medicine to respond to the recent challenges of a global pandemic and the long-term impact of a broken medical system that fails to serve the needs of many communities.

Our Post-Symposium Intensive Webinar Series, Trauma-Informed Herbalism in Practice, features creative, practical, and compelling ideas for providing herbal care to individuals and communities impacted by trauma.

Attendees who take five (5) of the classes marked with a leaf symbol in addition to the Post-Symposium Intensive Webinar Series will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Trauma-Informed Herbalism in Practice Track.

 If you register for the 2021 Symposium and the Post-Symposium Intensive Webinar Series, you qualify to receive a Certificate of Completion for Trauma-Informed Herbalism in Clinical Practice. Complete a short evaluation form (to be emailed after series), and you'll receive your certificate via email.

Are you working towards the clinical requirements for your Registered Herbalist membership? Attend the Online Symposium Experience and Post-Symposium Intensive Webinar Series, complete the evaluation form, and add 20 clinical hours to your requirements. Learn more about Registered Herbalist application requirements here.

COVID-19 Through an Ayurvedic Lens

We have all heard a lot about possible interventions for COVID-19, but most of us have not heard much from the Ayurvedic perspective. Ayurvedic institutions and practitioners in India have been busy exploring possibilities and are suggesting many remedies not yet familiar to Americans. We’ll discuss an Ayurvedic approach to immunity and lung health, and review many Asian remedies currently used to attack COVID. We will add a collection of outstanding herbs to your COVID repertoire.

Panel: Financial Resilience for Herbalists

The practice of herbalism is changing dramatically since the start of the pandemic. Many herbal practitioners have had to rethink their approach while accommodating safety concerns, broken supply chains, and the increased demand for herbal health care. This panel features herbalists who have had to learn how to make significant and minor changes as they navigate clinical herbalism in a very new landscape.

Panel: Trauma-Informed Herbalism in Our Communities

This panel presents different perspectives on the ways trauma-informed herbalism is developed and practiced in diverse communities. Panelists include practitioners, therapists, and activists engaged in providing care for individuals and communities in various settings. In addition to sharing their perspectives on trauma-informed care, they will be available to answer questions from attendees in hopes of inspiring others to provide this essential role for our communities.

Panel: A Place to Breathe - A Discussion of the Film with Street Level Health Team

This panel will be a discussion with A Place to Breathe filmmakers and members of Street Level Health Project’s integrative, trilingual clinical team. The documentary explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. The panelists discuss their work using herbs, nutrition, traditional healing practices, and Western medicine to improve wellness in immigrant communities through culturally responsive approaches.

Recovering Health in the Context of Chronic Illness

'Resilience' can conjure different feelings for different people. This presentation explores three case studies to illustrate how a client-led approach to defining resilience allows us to provide support that centers their goals and needs, and empowers them in rebuilding health and strength in the context of chronic illness. We’ll focus on herbs appropriate at each point in recovery and how to choose herbs that can smooth out blocks in the process.

Strength in Numbers: Exploring a Model for Group Clinical Practice

An important component of trauma-informed herbalism is financial accessibility—ensuring that care is affordable to those who need it most. To minimize cost barriers, herbalists in private practice often look to sliding-scale payment structures, pay-it-forward programs, mutual aid, and free clinics. This presentation proposes an additional approach: group work. Energetic clinical herbalist Gina Badger explores this model, drawing on their experience running a pilot group consultation focused on building immunity.

Roots of Resilience - Asian American Herbalism

A workshop on Asian American culture, herbalism, and healing practices for resilience. Erin will share an introduction to Eastern energetic theory and how to apply these energetics to common, domestically grown herbs. We will learn about oral history traditions in East Asian herbalism to illuminate why sharing our stories is essential to building resilience. And Erin will share clinical gems, her favorite roots, and formulas to work with to cultivate resilience.

Functional Lab Values: An Important Tool for Harm-Reduction

Invalidating a patient's complaints can lead to compounding trauma of not only having to deal with deteriorating symptomology, but also having one’s direct experience of their body be invalidated and dismissed as well as eroded trust in the patient-practitioner relationship. Pairing a functional approach to lab work interpretation with an herbalist’s pattern-based recognition of illness can assist an herbal practitioner in reducing further harm when working with clients in clinical practice.

Herbs for PTSD

Mental health and nervous system wellness can be affected by many things including diet, exercise, hereditary trauma, stress, and severe upheaval. Join herbalist Elaine Sheff to delve into herbs and natural remedies to strengthen the nervous system. With a focus on post-traumatic stress disorder, Elaine will share short case studies, tips on working with psychiatric medications, protocols for supporting clients wanting to wean off medications, and when to refer clients.

Herbal Care at End of Life

With the aging of our elders and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has come a growing need for family and community to provide support to those nearing the end of life. This workshop introduces herbal remedies, nourishing recipes, and foundational holistic knowledge for end-of-life caregivers. Students will cultivate a deeper awareness and understanding of holistic tools to support caregivers, family members, and patients nearing the end of their life.

Legendary Lion’s Mane!

We will discuss how this phenomenal fungus may be an indispensable tool for the clinician working with neurological trauma and recovery, neurological integrity, cognitive decline, mood imbalances, and more. We will explore the ethnomycology, scientific discoveries, clinical trials, case studies, and testimonials about this marvelous mushroom. Learn how to incorporate Hericium erinaceus with its herbal allies for cognitive resilience, neurological recovery, neuron integrity, and gut health.

Holistic Support for Trauma-Associated Sleep Disorders

Trauma-associated sleep disorders (recently acknowledged by the medical community) are a significant contributor to deteriorating health in the general public and need to be addressed more specifically than simple insomnia. Though sleep is incredibly important to our health, we understand very little about it. Because of this, many therapists struggle to find adequate solutions for their clients’ need for peaceful sleep. Let’s explore holistic answers to this unique challenge.

Bursera microphylla in Healing Intergenerational Trauma

This class is multi-modal exploration of the medicinal and spiritual aspects of Copal/Torote (Bursera microphylla) in healing intergenerational trauma, incorporating Western and Indigenous approaches, and introducing a new model of engagement with the natural world, A Renewed Indigeneity. It also explores current commercial and environmental threats facing populations of Bursera microphylla in the Borderlands region and explores ethical implications for Western Herbalists.

Holistic Grief: A Personal Journey

In this presentation, I will illustrate how I addressed the symptoms of grief using herbal formulas recommended by clinical and/or registered herbalists; and, others who have assisted me in the development of healing practices which gradually alleviate the trauma of loss. Labyrinth meditation, dream and oracle card journaling, plant memorials, altar-building, herbal formulations, homeopathic remedies, and plant walks can be successfully applied to help families memorialize their loved ones.

Lichen Sclerosus: From Trauma to Management

Dana was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune condition in 2011 called Lichen Sclerosus. In this presentation, she will outline her clinical perspective on having and supporting this condition in her private practice. She will provide practical herbal protocols that support LS and uncover energetic emotional therapy modalities that were essential to her recovery and management. Learn how to identify system imbalances and admire the imperative role of emotional healing in any wellness journey.

Helping Clients Through Trauma, Distress, & Bereavement

When a very traumatized client presents in a clinic, herbalists can feel unprepared and lacking in the experience or language to cope with it. Like disease in any physical part of the body, training and guidelines give you a framework upon which to recognise potential hazards, act safely, and base your treatment plan. This presentation aims to treat emotional trauma the same way, helping you work with herbs in this key area.

Clinical Use of Plants for Neurological Disorders

Steve has developed protocols at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience using herbs, spices, and plant constituents to help neurologic disorders. Learn about his successful clinical trial to combat memory loss and Alzheimer’s dementia. Attendees will explore excitotoxicity, epilepsy, and how certain herbs reduce seizures. We will explore how polyphenols and carotenoids are neuroprotective, slowing progression in Parkinson’s disease. This class will investigate what common herb works as well as a powerful drug in migraine pain and how can we help traumatic head injuries.

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