Essential Boundaries for Bodyworkers
Balanced Empathy and Self-Care to Prevent Burnout
Starts Monday July 16th – 6 weeks
Online at Empathy Academy – $265
6-18 CEUs* available
During this difficult time, many of us are turning to our caregivers and healers for support: healthcare professionals, bodyworkers, and counselors. We expect these people to be available, emotionally stable, and prepared to help us — yet something I always ask is: Who is caring for the caregivers?
This month, bodyworkers have the opportunity to take a special, supportive course at Empathy Academy!
Healthy boundaries are essential
Anchen Texter and Camilla Jørgensen, both of whom are double-licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainers and Consultants, draw on their 30+ years of combined experience as massage therapists to help bodyworkers learn how to work sustainably by examining the relationship between boundaries and balanced empathy.
Their new course, Essential Boundaries for Bodyworkers, gathers together all of this knowledge for the benefit of the bodyworker community.
Many of us go to bodyworkers to relieve stress, let go of tension, and take some time for ourselves. We expect a lot from our bodyworkers — attention, stress-relief, pampering, and understanding. We may even process situations verbally when we receive bodywork. All of these expectations require empathy and emotional awareness on the part of our bodyworkers, and all of them can lead to fatigue or even burnout.
Camilla Jørgensen and Anchen Texter each experienced burnout in their careers as massage therapists, and each discovered ways to pull themselves out of the trouble and resume their work. When they studied DEI, they both learned explicit ways to set boundaries, work with emotions, and develop healthy and intentional empathy.
Six weeks of self-care, education, and supportive community
In this course designed specifically for bodyworkers, you’ll learn foundational concepts and practices from The Language of Emotions and The Art of Empathy to help you set boundaries, strengthen your healthy empathy, and create a self-care plan just for you.
In this 6-week course on empathy and emotions, Anchen Texter and Camilla Jørgensen draw on their years of combined experience as massage therapists and DEI Trainers and Consultants to bring you an empathically-designed experiential course about boundaries, empathy, and self-care for bodyworkers.
You’ll learn how to work with your natural empathy in a healthy and sustainable way by examining the relationship between boundaries and balanced empathy, taking inventories to help you gauge what you’re already good at and where you need more skills, and learning practices to listen to and regulate your emotions.
Each week on the live webinar meetings you’ll practice what you learn during the week, like trying out different practices to help regulate emotions, setting boundaries, and improving emotional awareness. Throughout the course, you’ll also combine this knowledge into an individualized self-care plan to help support you long after this course is over.
You’ll receive individualized input and guidance from the instructors, Camilla and Anchen along the way, and have the opportunity to learn from other students in the group forum and on the weekly live webinars.
*This course qualifies for up to 18 CEUs for massage in Oregon, and may qualify in other states. Fulfills requirement for 6 ethics and boundaries CEUs in Oregon.
In this 6-week course, you’ll explore:
- How to define and maintain your healthy boundaries at work and in your private life.
- How to know if your or your clients’ boundaries are broken or enmeshed or unhealthy.
- How to use your new healthy empathy skills with your clients.
- How to deepen your level of self-care by learning how to work with your emotions and your empathy in healthy, supportive ways.
- New practices each week to support you in creating your individual self-care plan – which will be completed by the end of the course.
Anchen and Camilla will cover:
- The 4 Keys to Emotional Genius, and the essential role they play in every aspect of your professional and personal lives.
- The relationship between boundaries, hyper-empathy, and balanced empathy.
- How to effectively use the 5 Empathic Mindfulness practices for emotion regulation and for working with emotions consciously.
- The 4 Emotion Families, and the gifts and actions in each emotion.
- The emotions that create healthy boundaries and how to work with them consciously.
Length of Course: 6 weeks
Dates: Monday, July 16th to Friday, August 31st
Learning & Interaction Structure: Reading curriculum, written forum discussions, inventories, questionnaires, PDF downloads and worksheets, and one-hour weekly webinars using the Zoom video conferencing program.
Live Zoom Webinar Discussions: These weekly one-hour sessions will be scheduled based on participant availability. These sessions will be recorded if you cannot attend.
Time Commitment: You’ll read the course curriculum and interact in the forum on your own schedule (plan for a minimum of 2-3 hours per week), and you’ll meet with Anchen, Camilla, and your classmates for one hour in the Zoom each week.
CEUs: This course qualifies for up to 18 CEUs for massage in Oregon, and may qualify in other states (check with your state board). Fulfills requirement for 6 ethics and boundaries CEUs in Oregon.
Course Link: Essential Boundaries for Bodyworkers