Video and Audio Recording Releases

Many of our live workshops are video and audio recorded so that they can later be converted into home study continuing education programs to inform and update members of the Academy community.

Workshop participants are asked to sign a Video and Audio Recording Release granting permission to the Academy to record, post-produce, market, and distribute recordings that may include their participation in the workshop activities.

Obviously, highly sensitive, personal, or inappropriate material would not be distributed and participants may withdraw consent at any time during the workshop.

Cancellations and Refunds

As is the case with most educational institutions, once you register for a course or workshop, no refunds or credits are granted if you cancel, withdraw, or fail to satisfactorily complete all requirements.

For live courses, AGI recognizes that "things happen" and when they do, AGI will attempt to fill your spot with another student. If we can, you will receive a tuition refund less a $100 processing fee. If AGI cannot fill your spot (which is quite possible due to the longer planning needs of most professionals), no refunds or credits will be granted.

Informed Consent, Waivers, Releases, and Safety Considerations

AGI was created to provide training to health professionals in the clinical and educational uses of guided imagery. These trainings include not only didactic information, but large and small group experiential exercises, as well as the opportunity for participants to focus on their own personal issues, if they so choose, during the practice. Many participants find these opportunities extremely valuable in their own personal growth, development, and therapeutic work.

When working with guided imagery, either on your own issues, in "role plays," or as a guide facilitating the process of another participant, this experience may access, elicit, or evoke powerful emotional responses or memories in you. While this is often therapeutic and useful, it is possible to uncover issues and emotions which have been repressed, forgotten, or dissociated.

For this reason, AGI offers the following information, makes the following disclaimers, and advises the following safeguards:

(A) AGI is a California corporation created to train health professionals and educators to utilize a variety of guided imagery methods with their clients and/or patients. AGI and its staff does not offer psychotherapy or related therapy as part of its workshops or training.

AGI recognizes that the possibility exists during its trainings for exposure to powerful psychological contents including memories, fantasies, emotions, and physical reactions to all the above. AGI provides designated, skilled facilitators at each training that are available in case of psychological emergency during the training period. At the same time, AGI strongly encourages all participants going through Certification training to have an established relationship with a competent therapist, preferably one with knowledge of imagery and symbolic process, who can be called on in case there is any overwhelming, threatening, or difficult emergence of material and affect.

(B) In every experiential session, it is perfectly acceptable when acting as the "client," to not focus on your own issues. As an alternative, AGI suggests that you pick a client, present or past, that you'd like to understand better, and "role play" that client.

Alternatively, you can just "make up" a client and role-play that. However, not having a specific person to base your role play on may allow your own issues to come to the fore more easily than if you began your role play with someone else in mind.

Be advised that your own issues may intrude even if you role play, and, in fact, this may occur even if you choose to merely observe, rather than serve as a "client."

(C) While AGI recommends taking the opportunity to be a "client" in these settings, since there is much to be learned from this experience that can improve your ability to guide effectively, it is also permissible for you to choose not to be a "client," if you are feeling too vulnerable or do not feel safe doing so in this setting. AGI respects this, and any AGI staff member can help arrange an observing position for you if you prefer.

Please let a staff member know your choice before the beginning of any exercise so that this can be arranged.

As the "client," it is perfectly acceptable for you to stop the process at any time if you are feeling uncomfortable, or for any reason, prefer not to continue with the exercise. All you need to do is open your eyes and let the guide know that you prefer to stop the process where it is, or that you'd like to stop the process and be guided to a place where you feel safer and more centered, etc.

As the guide, however, it is your professional responsibility to stay with the "client" in their process until it reaches an acceptable place or conclusion.

(D) As a workshop, seminar, conference, Preceptorship, or Certification student involved in AGI training, you must understand the above cautions and precautions, and you agree to release and indemnify the Academy for Guided Imagery, Inc., its shareholders, directors, officers, employees, consultants, successors and assigns, for any physical or psychological symptoms, damages or other manifestations that may arise as a result of your voluntary participation in these professional training programs.