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Knowledge for change at THE KERULOS LEARNING INSTITUTE

 

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ONLINE & SOCIAL

Engage as a learner in your own way. Our programs and courses are primarily socially-interactive online experiences supplemented by mentoring from our faculty. Choose between live webinars, recorded sessions, or one-on-one mentoring.*

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RIGOROUS, BUT FUN

Course and programs at The Kerulos Center are always academically rigorous. But with the challenge of stretching your wings comes the thrill of insight and the perspective that well-earned knowledge brings.

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LIFE CHANGING

You can choose to never be the same again. Learning empowers, knowledge liberates, and you may never go back again.

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FIND YOUR WAY

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Courses and internships in service to animals.

 

Learning becomes meaningful only when linked to action. The Kerulos Learning Institute provides learning-in-service courses, internships, and mentoring that combine online learning with practical hands-on work in direct support of animals and the organizations working to save them. As graduates of these courses, learners become part of the Star Thrower Community – people changing their lives so that other animals can survive and thrive.*

 

 

NEWGreening Your Practice – Bringing Nature into Health Care

Greening Your Practice is a new four-hour online seminar (self-paced) that shows you how to bring nature into your professional practice for the benefit of your patients, clients and the planet.

 

 

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s3Our lives are deeply affected by the environment in which we live. Whether through animal family, gardens, food, and the air we breathe, nature is part of us and we are part of nature. Yet most health care and wellness programs do not consider other animals and nature on the whole. Instead of being integral to ethics and mental and physical well-being, nature remains “elective.”

 

Greening Your Practice shows how to actively incorporate nature into your professional practice. The course begins with an introduction to fundamental concepts from ecopsychology, trans-species psychology, and neurosciences, and follows with a step-by-step application to “green” your practice and build a “greening toolbox.” A companion workbook with exercises and resources is included.

 

The course is tailored for providers, interns, and students in diverse health care and wellness professions (e.g., counselors, physical therapists, healing practitioners, massage therapists, caregivers, physicians, nurses).

 

Instructor: G.A. Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
Dates: Available December 4, 2015. Online self-paced lectures (four hours) with live online instructor-led discussions by arrangement.
Prerequisites: None
Tuition: $110.00 (Group discounts available)




Animal Being Internships

Steeped in a learning-in-service philosophy, the Animal Being Internship combines intensive lectures, reading, and mentoring with a hands-on practicum based in the U.S. or internationally. Ideal for undergraduate and post-graduate students, professionals, and others who are interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding about other animal minds and experience. [READ MORE]

 

Sky Minds – Introduction to Bird Psychology and Trauma Recovery

A critical course for anyone caring about or caring for parrots, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, and other birds. Topics include principles of trans-species psychology, bird neuroanatomy, and bird mental and emotional development.

 

 

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Sky Minds introduces core scientific principles of bird psychology, traumatic effects of capture, captivity, and domestication and ways in which bird trauma recovery can be supported. The course answers commonly asked questions such as:

 

  • Can parrots and domesticated birds ever find happiness in captivity?
  • Are captive raised and reintroduced parrots the “same” as wild parrots?
  • Are humans and other species “enough” for birds in captivity or do they require companionship of their species?
  • Do all birds in captivity suffer trauma?
  • How do psychological versus behavioral approaches to birds differ?
  • What does bird sentience imply for how we live with and care for our avian kin?

 

Gaggle of geeseThe course content is based on three radical changes in scientific understanding:

 

  1. Bird brains are not “less than” mammals. The brain structures and processes of Parrots, Chickens, Turkeys, and other birds are comparable to those of humans despite having evolved along separate, but parallel trajectories
  2. Mental and emotional well-being of all animals is relationally-based. Our minds and brains develop and thrive inter-psychically
  3. Understanding birds by their behavior alone is incomplete. Birds and other animals, including humans, are psychological beings

 

These principles are illustrated during the course with case studies and applied to practical, day-today concerns. Sky Minds is part of The Kerulos Center’s Aves Sagradas project and reflects our mission to support bird dignity and freedom.

 

Course Organization

 

Course topics include:

 

  • Principles of trans-species psychology
  • Avian neuroanatomy
  • Parrot and domesticated bird mental and emotional development
  • Sources, symptoms, and diagnosis of trauma
  • Practical and ethical approaches to trauma recovery as they apply to caring and living with birds in captivity, reintroduction, and conservation.

 

Sky Minds is self-paced and online consisting of four video lectures. As a self-paced (asynchronous) course, learners can listen and view at their own pace and time zone. There are companion readings and related links. The course includes live discussion and question-and-answer sessions with the instructor.

 

The course is intended for individual bird advocates, carers, rescue, sanctuary, and conservation workers and professionals, students and others committed to bird well-being and self-determination.

 

Instructor: G.A. Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
Dates: Self-paced lectures with live discussion.
Prerequisites: None
Tuition: $85.00 (Group discounts available)




 

NEWCaring for the Caregiver

This three-hour seminar on self-care is a must for anyone working in animal care, rescue, activism, veterinary services, and sanctuary. Topics include trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue, and interpersonal communication skills.

 

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Whether in rescue, activism, home, or conservation, everyone who cares about other animals encounters challenges. Caring for the Caregiver is key for anyone who cares about and for other animals – rescue and sanctuary workers, veterinary professionals and clinicians, therapists and other mental health professionals, wildlife conservationists, activists, and family members. The course is designed to provide tools that cultivate well-being and skills.

 

The curriculum includes online lectures, workbook lessons, and an individualized discussion hour with instructors. Lectures (average one hour) draw from contemporary psychology and science that explore fundamental concepts of well-being and other topics relevant to animals and their care. These concepts and learning not only provide insights into ourselves and other animals but offer a common language that crosscuts the diverse communities and disciplines concerned with animals. Topics include trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue, trans-species psychology (concepts, applications, ethics), interpersonal communication skills, and self-identity and awareness.

 

Each of the seven lectures is accompanied by a companion workbook lesson. Companion workbook lessons provide additional readings and exercises that translate lecture concepts into everyday life. Together, they inspire compassionate, ethical, healthy living founded on mutual well-being – a world where all animals live in dignity and peace.

 

Course outline:

 

  • Lecture One: Course Motivation and Overview
  • Lecture Two: Self and Identity
  • Lecture Three: The Social-Ecological Self
  • Lecture Four: Stress and Trauma
  • Lecture Five: Trans-species Psychology and Trauma Recovery
  • Lecture Six: Interpersonal Communication
  • Lecture Seven: Nature-based Consciousness

 

The Caring for the Caregiver program is informed by a recent online assessment of animal care organizations conducted by The Kerulos Center, Caring for the Caregiver: Assessment of Animal Care Professional and Organizational Wellbeing. This survey report analyzes many facets of animal caretakers and their organizations, and profiles the stressors both endure. [LEARN MORE]

 

Instructor: G.A. Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
Dates: Self-paced lectures with live discussion.
Prerequisites: None
Tuition: $95.00 (Group discounts available)




Trans-species Psychology I – A Meeting of Minds

This course explores the fundamentals of trans-species psychology, a species-common framework that provides a scientific and intellectual architecture for animal studies. Designed for learners interested and/or working in conservation, animal care and behavior, veterinary medicine, advocacy, human healthcare, and sanctuary.

 

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Historically, the study of the mind has been limited to understanding human minds—what, why, and how we think and feel the ways we do. Psychology has been the purview of human experience while ethology, or animal behavior, has focused on nonhuman species. However, with the discovery of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in elephants, the field of animal behavior has been subsumed by psychology under a single conceptual umbrella, trans-species psychology.

 

What we know about human minds and emotions can be readily extended to other animals and vice versa. This new species common framework provides the scientific and intellectual architecture of animal studies including animal protection, conservation, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and animal care and medicine.

 

Using diverse examples across species to illustrate, this course discusses the fundamentals of trans-species psychology. Course content is designed for learners interested and/or working in conservation, animal care and behavior, veterinary medicine, advocacy, human healthcare, and sanctuary. Course objectives include discussion of: (1) theory, philosophy, and applications of trans-species psychology; (2) psychological and neurobiological foundations of attachment theory; (3) ethical, practical, and philosophical implications for conservation, a trans-species pedagogy, and practice at home and community. There are eight lectures, each approximately 45- 60 minutes that are accompanied by companion readings. The course includes a two-hour teleconference facilitated by the instructor to provide an opportunity for questions and answers and specific topics of interest and applications.

 

Instructor: G.A. Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
Dates: Self-paced, arrange with instructor
Prerequisites: None
Tuition: $395.00 (both courses: $695.00)

 

Trans-species Psychology II – Inner Sanctuary

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This is the second course in a two part series on the new field of trans-species psychology that extends the explorations of Trans-species Psychology I to include the topics of trauma and trauma recovery. Topics include the psychobiology of trauma and stress, the “trauma spectrum,” and how an understanding of trauma informs animal care, ethics, law, public policy, and conservation.

 

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What we know about human minds and emotions can be readily extended to other animals and vice-a-verse. This new species common framework provides the scientific and intellectual architecture of animal studies including animal protection, conservation, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and animal care and medicine.

 

Through theory and case studies, we examine diverse examples of what defines trauma and is entailed in trauma recovery. The course also looks at various aspects of human-other animal relationships through the lens of traumatology raising profound questions about commonly accepted practices such as animal assisted therapy, ecotherapy, captivity and captive breeding, domestication, food industry, translocation, artificial insemination, exposure therapy, “behavioral training” and the “pet” and entertainment industries.

 

Course objectives and topics include: (1) psychobiology of trauma and stress; (2) the “trauma spectrum”, generational, historical, cultural and institutional trauma; (3) how an understanding of trauma informs animal care, ethics, law, public policy, and conservation; (4) the relationship between attachment style, stress dysregulation, and recovery/rehabilitation; (5) introductory methods and ethics related to animal psychotherapy and trauma recovery.

 

Lectures, reading material, and assignments are designed for learners from diverse fields including conservation, human and other animal healthcare, advocacy, and sanctuary. There are eight lectures, each approximately 45- 60 minutes which are accompanied by companion readings. The course also includes a two-hour teleconference facilitated by the instructor to provide an opportunity for questions and answers and specific topics of interest and applications.

 

Instructor: G.A. Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
Dates: Self-paced, arrange with instructor
Prerequisites: Trans-species Psychology I
Tuition: $395.00 (both courses: $695.00).

 

Creating Home Sanctuary

jeffCreating Home Sanctuary is a combined curriculum and consultation program based on the 10 Principles of Being Sanctuary, core elements of care that draw from the ethics and science of trans-species psychology and trauma recovery.

 

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Millions of farm, exotic, and companion animals are in need of homes. Existing shelters and sanctuaries are only able to help a fraction of abused and abandoned animals. Our Creating Home Sanctuary program addresses the question so many people ask: what can I do?

 

Our answer: Open our hearts and homes to care for those in need. Everyone can do this by translating principles of sanctuary into our homes and communities.

 

Creating Home Sanctuary is a combined curriculum and consultation program based on the 10 Principles of Being Sanctuary, core elements of care that draw from the ethics and science of trans-species psychology and trauma recovery. Each principle is taught using personal narratives drawn from around the world—images, background information, self-study exercises, practical methods, supplemental references, and outside resources. Detailed personal narratives provide insights from sanctuary professionals and the animals they have saved, from elephants to emus, moon bears, mice, chimpanzees, koalas, and kangaroos.

 

Instructor: G.A. Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
Dates: Coming soon
Prerequisites: None

 

To sign up for this course, please contact us.

 

 

* Tuition is non-refundable, but may be applied to future courses.