Confidentiality & Sensitivity
While this course is not designed to directly facilitate personal growth, many people have found that it adds another dimension to their understanding of themselves. Often, as the group gets to know each other people begin to share stories from their own lives. In order to create a safe space for open exploration and learning, I ask that each member of the course agree to hold other people’s stories strictly confidential. It is fine to share generalities, such as “someone discussed how an experience of shame at work affected both her posture and her mood”. However it is essential that no names or identifying details are attached to these stories.
It is also important to remember, as we discuss potentially sensitive issues in a virtual environment, that there may be people who have direct experience of things that are for you, quite abstract. Please bear this in mind during our conversations and be sensitive to the fact that this material touches each of us differently, and can at times hit quite close to home. As a practical matter, this means speaking only about your own experience. Please do not comment on experiences or stories that others have shared unless you’ve been given explicit permission to do so by the person in question. Disregard for this agreement will result in dismissal from the course without a refund.
This course is a collaborative learning environment. I ask that you actively bring your questions and curiosity to the calls; this is what will shape the learning for all of us. If there’s something that’s not working for you, please email email@example.com right away so we can course correct together. Take 100% responsibility for asking for what you need. And if you’re getting value from the course, by all means let me know how and why! I thrive on feedback, and I want to hear how things are going for you – both the good and not-so-good. In a distance-learning program your direct feedback is one of the only ways for me to know how the course is going. So bring it on!
Please be aware that your fellow participants will have access to recorded versions of our calls for their own use. There is no way to opt out of this, so be careful not to say anything that wouldn’t make your mother proud. 🙂 Per the confidentiality agreement, you may not share these recordings outside of the class.
Course Expiration Date
Access to course materials will expire approximately one week after the final session. It is your responsibility to manage your time accordingly.
We do this so that we have time to make updates to the program and prepare for incoming participants. If you find you would like more time with the course materials, you are welcome to return as a repeat student, even if it’s been years since you first took the program. More than a third of Body = Brain participants choose to take the course two, three, or even more times, and they consistently report how valuable it is to deepen their learning in this way. There is a nominal fee for alumni to repeat the course, both to cover our costs and to support your learning. Over years of doing this I have found that this small fee supports alumni in participating more, contributing more, and most of all learning more.
I want you to be aware of this policy right at the outset so that there are no surprises for you at the end.
Respect the Work; Don’t Be a Jerk
I’ve worked very hard over many years to collect the Body = Brain material and structure it into a narrative that supports embodied learning. While some of what I’ll be sharing is already out there in the public domain, the unique synthesis I’m adding is definitely not.
Of course in sharing this information as I do, I run the risk that someone might, with all the best intentions and wild enthusiasm for this topic, do something that inadvertently undermines all my hard work. I trust you would never do this intentionally. And I also want to make some clear requests about this so as to avoid any misunderstandings.
- Share. I want this work to support you and add value to your life and work. Feel free to speak about it with your clients, family, friends, and anywhere else that it’s relevant. If you wish to share specific slides or materials, please ask me first. It helps me to know how the material is being used, and I am very open to this as long as we are communicating about it.
- Credit the source. If you wind up referencing any of the models or information that I share, please mention that you learned them from me. In doing this, you honor me and the work I’ve done. Plus you help me spread the word, which will ensure this work continues to be available to more and more people.
- Temper your publishing enthusiasm. I can imagine how it might be tempting – with all good intentions – to share what you learn far and wide. This is terrific! If you want to share interesting nuggets via informal channels such as email and social media, I would be honored. If more formal publishing opportunities arise, including articles, blogs, and newsletters, I ask that you please involve me in the process. I may be able to serve as an adviser, editor, author, or co-author, depending on the circumstances.
My ultimate goal is to get the information I’m teaching into the hands of as many people as possible so that more and more people can benefit from embodied learning. I have made an enormous investment in constructing these narratives, and I’m betting my future livelihood on the information I’ll be sharing with you. I ask that you respect my personal and professional stake in this by honoring these requests.
Please indicate your willingness to abide by these agreements below. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know so we can talk about it.