The Healing Power of Plants

Frequently Asked Questions

TECHNICAL
1. I am having trouble logging in, what do I do?
2. How do I change my name and/or contact info?
3. What should I do if I am not getting the PSMA notices or if I sent in a question and it has not been answered?

LEGALITIES and ETHICS
4. What Standards of Practice am I expected to uphold?
5. Does the PSMA provide liability insurance?
6. What is are Consent and Waiver forms and why are they necessary?

ORGANIZATIONAL
7. What is the relationship between the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing, The Blue Deer Center and the Plant Spirit Medicine Association?
8. I am interested in serving on the PSMA board or volunteering to help the organization, how do I do that?

MEMBERSHIP
9. What are the benefits of membership in the PSMA?
10. What are the different levels of membership in the PSMA?
11. How do I join the PSMA, renew membership or reactivate my membership?
12. Is there a payment plan available for PSMA dues?
13. What is the policy for sabbaticals or taking time away from my healing practice?

LAY SPIRITUAL HEALER STATUS AND CEU’s
14. What are the benefits of becoming a Lay Spiritual Healer?
15. What is the process for becoming a Lay Spiritual Healer?
16. How do I renew my status as an LSH?
17. What has been pre-approved for Continuing Education CEU credits?
18. Can I get CEU credits for courses or work that are not described in the above?
19. Is there any assistance available to help with costs for classes, clinicals, and the conference?


TECHNICAL

1. I am having trouble logging in, what do I do?

Go to the PSMA home page. There is a password reset button along with the login. Your login ID is your FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME or the email address you have supplied to the PSMA.

If problems persist, please contact the us at psma-trustees@plantspiritmedicine.org.

2. How do I change my name and/or contact info?

To update your directory information and/or the information we use to contact you, please send the changes needed to psma-trustees@plantspiritmedicine.org. Changes should be made within two weeks.

3. What should I do if I am not getting the PSMA notices or if I sent in a question and it has not been answered?

Please help us out by resending your request to psma-trustees@plantspiritmedicine.org. If you are having difficulties sending to this address, please contact one of the board of trustees directly (click here for contact info).

4. What Standards of Practice am I expected to uphold?

The Association maintains A Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which includes a grievance process. All healers are encouraged to review the standards annually. (A Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice)

5. Does the PSMA provide liability insurance?

No, neither the PSMA, Blue Deer nor the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing provide liability insurance.

Plant Spirit Medicine is not a technical modality, it is a spiritual modality which would be more similar to a priest than a doctor or chiropractor. There are “Pastoral Liability” insurances that protect against malpractice and negligence should a healer wish to research this area further.

6. What are Consent and Waiver forms and why are they necessary?

PSM Healers are recommended to have a signed and dated Consent document and Waiver form on file for every client.

The Consent agreement states that the client understands the nature of the healing, the qualifications of the healer and gives permission to the healer to deliver the treatment, including the “hands on” aspect of the modality. This document should have a general explanation of the medicine; this is referred to as a “disclosure” statement. The disclosure statement may be within the body of the Consent form or separate. In some states this permission is a legal requirement.

The Waiver form is an acknowledgement of the confidential nature of the relationship. The client may agree to give the healer permission to share treatment information with specific people like the healer’s supervisor/mentor, a health care professional that the client visits or a colleague of the healer who may be filling in while the primary healer is unavailable.

Here are links to sample forms: (Waiver, Consent Form). Healers are advised to obtain legal advice and to become aware of specific national or state laws that may be relevant to their spiritual healing practice.

ORGANIZATIONAL

7. What is the relationship between the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing, the Blue Deer Center and the Plant Spirit Medicine Association?

These are three separate organizations. The Temple of Sacred Fire Healing provides the theological framework whereby we can call ourselves Spiritual Healers.

Blue Deer Center is known as a “Home for Ancestral Wisdom”, and is a home for Plant Spirit Medicine. This was recently recognized with the creation of The Center for Plant Spirit Medicine at Blue Deer. The Center employs the staff who administer and the faculty who teach Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training courses, and all continuing education courses. Blue also directs the marketing and communication activities for the growth and sustainability of the medicine. The Center continues to offer workshops and retreats that focus on ancestral wisdom traditions.

As an association of PSM Healers, we work closely with these two organizations, but are independent from them. Please click here to view an organizational chart which should clarify the roles and responsibilities of each of these organizations.

8. I am interested in serving on the PSMA board or volunteering to help the organization, how do I do that?

The procedure for appointing board members is laid out in the bylaws. (Bylaws) Take a look and let us know if you have questions.

To volunteer, please email the board of trustees at psma-trustees@plantspiritmedicine.org. Let us know your talents and what you’d like to offer!

MEMBERSHIP

9. What are the benefits of membership in the PSMA?

Membership in the PSMA offers Healers support from the larger community of PSM healers including networking, informative articles sent to members throughout the year, notices of events, and workshops offered via the Annual Conference. The importance of the professional contact and collaboration is critical in helping each Healer keep their practice flowing and vital.

10. What are the different levels of membership in the PSMA?

The categories of membership are: Friend, Associate and Professional members.

    • Friend: Anyone can be a friend of the association, including former and current students of PSM, healers who are on sabbatical and those who have an interest in relationship with the sacred natural world. As a Friend to the PSMA, you will receive all the communications from the organization. Additionally, your donation allows the PSMA to continue to support the healer community and mission of the PSMA. These dues are $25.
    • Associate: Those who have completed the Plant Spirit Medicine training and are working towards Professional status through continuing education and guided clinical experience. These dues are $75.
  • Professional: This is a category for members who have successfully completed an intensive study and have demonstrated a recognizable level of competence in practicing Plant Spirit Medicine. Professional members must be inducted as Lay Spiritual Healers by the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing. These dues are $120.

11. How do I join the PSMA, renew membership or reactivate my membership?

To join:

Please email to psma-trustees@plantspiritmedicine.org with your request to join and your membership level.

A Professional member first needs to be inducted as a Lay Spiritual Healer by the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing. To be included in the on-line Healer Directory, please email a photo of yourself, your contact info and the location of your practice to psma-trustees@plantspiritmedicine.org along with your request.

To renew:

The annual renewal date is Feb 1. To renew, simply go to http://psma.plantspiritmedicine.org/, log in from the Member page and select the “Renew” button. Select your membership level. You can pay your dues via Paypal or mail a check to:

Clare Pearson, Assistant Treasurer, PSMA
423 W. Oxbow Rd.
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 USA

There is also a link to the Temple website for those wishing to update their annual contribution which is now concurrent with the PSMA dates.

To reactivate your PSMA membership, you first need to achieve “Good Standing” with the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing as a Lay Spiritual Healer. This may require getting some CEU’s, attending classes or receiving further clinical supervision. Please contact psmseminary@templeofsacredfirehealing.org to discuss your standing with the Temple. At that point it will be a simple matter of contacting our Membership Coordinator at psma-trustees@plantspiritmedicine.org to talk over the steps of rejoining and getting listed in the on-line Healer Directory.

12. Is there a payment plan available for PSMA dues?

Yes, we can accept membership dues for Associate and Professional levels in 2-3 payments due in full by April 30th of the membership year. This arrangement must be worked out with the Membership Coordinator (before February preferably). If the member does not renew their membership (including payment in full by the agreed on date) their listing in the Healer Directory will be removed temporarily. The Membership Coordinator will send the member a courtesy notice if that change is scheduled to take place.

13. What is the policy for sabbaticals or taking time away from my healing practice?

When a healer wishes to take a leave from their practice for a few months or a few years they must first put their Lay Spiritual Healer status “on hold” with the Temple (LSH on Hold form). They are encouraged to send a note to the PSMA board about their plans. Because of their status with the Temple, they would not be able to register as a professional member of the PSMA or remain listed in the Healer Directory, however they may choose to remain a “Friend” of the PSMA until they have renewed their CEU requirements with the Temple and have taken their status off “hold.”

LAY SPIRITUAL HEALER STATUS AND CEU’s

14. What are the benefits of becoming a Lay Spiritual Healer?

As PSM Healers, we collaborate with the greater community in this world of spirit for the benefit of our client. The practice of Plant Spirit Medicine is fundamentally a spiritual practice. The Temple of Sacred Fire Healing provides a home for, and an alignment with, our spiritual work—which is primarily with the plant kingdom. So the most important aspect of becoming a Lay Spiritual Healer is one of alignment with the spiritual aspect of the work.

Another advantage is people understand that the healer is offering a specific spiritual modality, Plant Spirit Medicine as taught by Eliot Cowan, a pioneer who brought the medicine into today’s world.

The Temple is a church that is recognized  as a 501(c)(3) religious charitable organization.  Joining the Temple as a Lay Spiritual Healer acknowledges to the world that offering Plant Spirit Medicine is spiritual healing – not a clinical or licensed practice. As a home for spiritual healing, the Temple legitimizes the practice and distinguishes your practice from self-declared spiritual healers.

15. What is the process for becoming a Lay Spiritual Healer?

The process and course of study for becoming a PSM healer is discussed here. For information on induction as a Lay Spiritual Healer, please contact psmseminary@templeofsacredfirehealing.org.

16. How do I renew my active status as an LSH?

The renewal requirements include: completing required CEU’s (32 CEU’s per 2 year period; 16 of which must be clinical training CEU’s), maintaining PSMA membership, making Temple of Sacred Fire Healing support contributions and following Temple spiritual and vocational guidance. For questions about renewal, please contact psmseminary@templeofsacredfirehealing.org.

17. What has been pre-approved for Continuing Education (CEU) credits?

A detailed document on CEU’s can be found here. (CEU policy)

The following have been approved in advance for CEU’s:

Plant Spirit Medicine Annual Conference (Blue Deer Center)
Plant Spirit Medicine Advanced Class (Blue Deer Center)
Plant Spirit Medicine Clinicals (various locations)
Publishing Plant Spirit Medicine articles
Various workshops
Giving Plant Spirit Medicine talks

The general form for CEU’s can be found here: CEU Affadavit

18. Can I get CEU credits for courses or work that are not described in the above?

Yes. A PSMA Professional or Associate member can petition the PSMA and the Center for Plant Spirit Medicine faculty to accept non-standard Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for a particular course or activity. The form to apply can be found here (Alternative CEU form)

19. Is there any assistance available to help with costs for classes, clinicals, and the conference?

The PSMA offers a limited number of need-based scholarships to help our members, and those working towards qualifying for Lay Spiritual Healer status, with tuition costs for CEU’s. You can find our scholarship form here: Scholarship Application with instructions for submitting a scholarship application.

We also have some funds for the PSMA Conference to help those coming from a distance with their travel costs. There is a line on the form to indicate whether you would like help with your transportation costs.