Ethical obligation of self care – 3 hours.
Satisfies the 2 hour Professional Ethics Requirement

Date: October 29, 2016, Saturday

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Just off US 1 at SW 160th, Miami, FL 33157
Address and Turn by Turn directions provided to all registrants
3 CE hours- Florida Board of Massage Therapy Provider Number 50-14434
Cost $35.


Self-care is something you do for your clients. It’s an ethical responsibility. In order to help, rather than harm others you must be fully conscious and aware of your own issues and the extent to which they are activated and energized by your work with others. Your ability to become and remain conscious requires energy, sound health, balance, stress management, introspection, an alert mind and emotional clarity. As Eldridge Cleaver charged, “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” Self care is never deluding yourself about which you are.

This class defines and examines specific risks to practitioners of working with traumatized individuals, and the correspondent risks to clients in the absence of adequate practitioner self care and self awareness. It provides a Jungian psychological framework for exploring and confronting unconscious and preconscious material as it becomes activated by our work with clients. It explains the mechanisms through which we can find ourselves sharing a client’s emotions, sensations or distress and improves our ability to distinguish our own material from that of clients. It suggests activities for expanding and remaining conscious and effective in our work, and several professional supports to assist us.

  • Risks to the practitioner
  • Personal Trauma
  • Direct Trauma from Clients
  • Triggers from Client Stories or Life Events
  • Vicarious or Secondary Traumatization
  • Psychological Projection(Blame Shifting)
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Compassion Satisfaction
  • Harm to the client:
    • Wrong Indications
    • Unnecessarily triggering past trauma
    • Communicating judgment, evaluation or blame
    • Reinforcing client feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
    • Creating a lack of safety, thereby reinforcing avoidance, coping and managing
  • Exploring your own unconscious landscape
  • A Jungian framework for growth and awareness
  • The search for meaning
  • Individuation
  • Archetypes
  • Appropriate self care
  • How much self care do you need?
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Supports for consciousness
  • Mental health counselor, therapist or guide
  • Professional peer support group
  • Peer mentor or confidant
  • Ho’oponopono
  • Maintaining mindfulness and consciousness
  • Differentiating your 'stuff' from your client's 'stuff'

    Cost: $35

    If you prefer to mail a check, or if you would rather I take your credit card information over the phone, simply e-mail me with your name, phone number, the date you wish to attend and how you prefer to pay. I will get back to you promptly to confirm your registration!

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  • Presenter Bios:

    Michael Brechtel, MEd, JD, LMT is an engaging transformational educator, author and empath. Michael has been teaching about trauma, self-care, ethics and intimacy for the past decade. “The person I am meant to change is myself. What I am meant to change is reflected in those I meet. I am finished when I see God in everyone.” A massage therapist since 1999, former Director of Education at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami and Professional Massage CE Provider since 2004, Michael holds a BS in Secondary Education and an MEd in Vocational Education, as well as a Juris Doctor. He has taught public school, community college, massage therapy, and continuing education for massage therapists and licensed mental health professionals.

    About Other Classes By This Instructor:

    "Thank you so very much. I am transformed, by which I mean I simply feel I have been restored to myself. The darkness has lifted. The workshop was powerful, whole and expressed so well what I know to be the truth but had not yet fully articulated. You do a remarkable job of weaving all the pieces together and of holding us all with love and gentleness. I can't wait to work with you again!"
    -Jennifer, LMT

    "The workshop was amazing and transformational, exceeding my expectations ~ which were fairly high to begin with. It was without a doubt the best, most well organized and professionally presented 18 hours of training I've attended in the decade I've been practicing. (And I've attended some great workshops over the years.) Three days for the physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually challenging and enlightening work were really not enough time (my only caveat). This work ~ and the quality that you, as facilitator, bring to it (including the remarkably well thought out and written 111-page accompanying text) ~ could easily have gone on for another day or two. Our hands-on time will elevate my practice! I've returned home eager to add our flowing dance strokes and stretching work to my own intuitive fusion work. The weekend became a lovely. intimate, sacred, and nurturing time-away-from-time, as our small group of six sweet, courageous souls traded and learned, and traded and learned some more. I am awed by the vulnerability and courage of our little band of healers."
    -Peter, LMT

    "I don't think I've ever spent three consecutive days in such absence of judgement -- in a bottomless reservoir of honesty, support and loving feelings. Wow. It will take me a while, or forever, to metabolize it all. What really worked for me was the balance between the hands-on work and the book work. The written part was so well-done, well-developed and thought-out, and supported by evidence-based research in an amazing variety of ways. I appreciate that even as I accept that some things are magically beyond measure and explanation. But I think all those elements come together in your course to create the strongest and most helpful experience. You're a born teacher."
    -Patty, LMT

    "In all the years I've been practicing and taking trainings and workshops(and I've taken many) This was the best, most transformative, enlightening experience of them all. My only serious suggestion would be to extend it by another day or two- or even three. A Retreat!Michael you are such a powerful, intuitive, compassionate healer. Thank you for creating and holding this sacred space."
    -Student Course Evaluation Comment

    "Thank you. I love you. Class was more than I could have expected. Thoughts in my head for years- asking questions- were finally answered. Even though when enrolling in this class was not even a thought. Thanks for a lot of answers and the way to go."
    -Student Course Evaluation Comment

    "What I got out of it was much more profound. Unexplainable in mere words. Needs to be experienced!"
    - Grazia, LMT

    "Priceless experience regarding fears of intimacy, rejection, and other negative energy we all have or will be exposed to on our journey."
    -Student Class Evaluation Comment

    "This was a workshop about so many aspects of our humanity....It was a multidimensional approach to our profession. I have gained clarity and courage. Sometimes others come to our lives as catalysts, and as messengers or reminders for what still remains blurry to us. I am very grateful for that to you specially and also to (each of my classmates).

    I see myself as the loving silent skillful juggler. Thank you for reminding me of that."
    -Pelican, LMT

    "Thank you! This course is already a milestone in my life, as a human being and as a massage therapist."
    -Student Class Evaluation Comment

    "Class was excellent, appropriate and I recommend it to any therapist who wants to take their role as a healer to a deeper level. Finally a necessary journey as we shift into heightened awareness collectively as spiritual beings."
    -Student Class Evaluation Comment

    "Thank you! This course is already a milestone in my life, as a human being and as a massage therapist."
    -Student Class Evaluation Comment

    "Michael your love and commitment to the work transmits though your touch."
    -Isa, LMT, Spa Owner

    "Class was excellent, appropriate and I recommend it to any therapist who wants to take their role as a healer to a deeper level. Finally a necessary journey as we shift into heightened awareness collectively as spiritual beings."
    -Student Class Evaluation Comment

    "I am very happy to be here! The class fulfilled me. Michael is a very nice person and he does his job with love, integrity. I can feel his love for life. 'Intimacy' is great!"
    -Rosario, LMT

    "I got a lot more out of this class than I expected! Thank you!"
    -Stacy, LMT