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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.*



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.



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



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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 Internship

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]


Being Sanctuary Internship

jeffThe Being Sanctuary Internship is 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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Animals have remarkably similar needs to our own. They also wish to live in dignity and freedom, to live healthy, loving lives that respect their values and cultures. Few, however, receive these simple needs. Countless cats, cows, chickens, turtles, guinea pigs, and other animals die from abuse and homelessness. Millions more endure the ache of loneliness. By opening our hearts and sharing our homes and communities with animals, we can make all places sanctuary.


Sanctuary is an ancient concept shared by many cultures. It embodies an essential reverence for life and the right of every individual to have peace and safety. Sanctuary is a “retreat from the ordinary world in which to experience the profound conscious changes that are occurring” (Brant Cortright, psychotherapist). In the midst of great change and stress, the call for sanctuary is even greater. We all require ways of coping that not only protect, but nurture compassion, well-being, and spirit.


Through science, spirit, and service, the overarching goal is to translate knowledge of animals as fully sentient beings into animal care, conservation, and human cultural transformation. The Internship has four main objectives, to learn how to:


  • Increase your capacity to care for animals in need.
  • Promote your well-being
  • Create an animal friendly, animal inclusive home and community that catalyzes a culture of compassion and service.We call this new culture trans-species living.

Instructor: G.A. Bradshaw, PhD, PhD
Dates: Self-paced study with practicum
Prerequisites: None
Tuition: $2400 (US) by check or PayPal. Please make checks out to the The Kerulos Center and send to P.O. Box 1446, Jacksonville, Oregon 97530, USA. All fees are non-refundable. The learner is responsible for any additional costs of travel and stay associated with the practicum.


To sign up for this course, please contact us.


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 that 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)



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