​What's on your wish list?

​As a pet professional, you are used to putting others first. Take a moment and think about making your own life better. What do you wish could be different?

  • Do you wish you had more energy? Imagine what it would be like to work a full day, run a few errands on your way home, and not collapse in a heap at the end of the day, picking dog hair off your shirt and rolling it into a little ball.
  • Would you like better clarity? Wouldn’t it be awesome to give your clients advice and then not spend the next 48 hours replaying it in your head wishing you’d said or done something differently?
  • How about more laughter, more fun? When was the last time you really, truly laughed? No, chuckling at a coworker’s snarky comment doesn’t count.
  • Do you wish you could restore your enthusiasm and rekindle your drive? You were drawn to working with animals because you could make their lives better, but lately it feels like you’re just moving in place, not really making a difference. Sometimes you even wonder if you should make a big change, get a different job, because surely work doesn't have to be this hard.
  • Would you like to get more done? Imagine finding ways to be more efficient and more effective so that you can help more animals with the same amount of time and effort (or even less time and effort!).
  • Do you want ​better control of your emotions?​ Your ability to feel things deeply is one of your greatest gifts, but sometimes it can feel like your heart is ​weighed down by too many sad stories. Wouldn't you love to find a way to be helpful and caring without absorbing others' pain?​​​
  • Do you want to find yourself again? Wouldn’t it be great to reach inside and reconnect with who you really are and what is most meaningful to you?

​You can grant your own wishes!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it all before. You’ve read articles and maybe even books with titles like “Five Easy Ways to Feel Better.” And they didn’t work.

You know why they didn’t work? They didn’t work because they weren’t about YOU.

They didn’t take into account your strengths, your challenges, and the many demands on your time and attention. They tried to overlay new habits on top of old patterns … and a whole lotta baggage.

So, you’ve got baggage. So what? We all do.

When you look around and think you don’t measure up, you are making a common mistake: You’re judging your insides against their outsides.

Odds are the people you work with are struggling with stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue just as much as you are. It’s a pervasive problem in our world, and it’s time to fix it.

The trick is finding the strategies that will work for you. The real you.

The one who cares deeply—and sometimes wishes you didn’t. The one who will always go the extra mile for an animal in need, but feels guilty taking an hour-long lunch break. The one who can’t imagine any other career, but also feels so worn down that you wonder if you’re even helping. The one who sometimes fanatasizes about getting a nice office job, which would have to be easier than the stress of dealing with animals and their people (mostly the people!).

You need a chance to try out some different strategies, to think about what you like and don’t like about them, and to identify ways you could incorporate them in your life. You need a safe place to dabble and learn. Change requires awareness, practice, and reflection, but how are you going to find that?

​Linda Hudson, CPDT-KA

Behavior & Training Specialist at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, DC

This group was incredibly helpful for me. I felt uplifted and supported by the group. I gained new insights and learned multiple new strategies that have made my work and home life more meaningful. I was sorry when the class was over!

That's where UNLEASHED RESILIENCE comes in!

​Each UNLEASHED RESILIENCE group is a small learning community where you’ll have the chance to explore some of the concepts of positive psychology.

What’s positive psychology? The science-y definition is, “positive psychology focuses on wellbeing, happiness, flow, personal strengths, wisdom, creativity, imagination, and characteristics of positive groups and institutions.”

And what that really means is it’s the study of how to thrive. Traditional psychology focuses on what’s wrong with you, but positive psychology helps you see what you do well and teaches you how to find more joy, meaning, and purpose in your life.

 Awesome, right? I sure think so.

​​Heather Polechio, CTC, CPDT-KA

Mindful Mutz Training & Behavior Consulting - Asheville, NC

The UNLEASHED RESILIENCE group has been absolutely incredible! The course covers many unique and thought-provoking topics, in a very comfortable and casual style, allowing for participants to go at their own pace, surrounded by supportive conversation and encouragement. I found myself looking forward to these weekly meetings and will certainly be attending more in the future. Thank you, Colleen, for providing such an opportunity!

So what exactly is an UNLEASHED RESILIENCE group?

​You work so hard every day making the world better for animals that you sometimes forget to take care of yourself. 

Or maybe you've internalized the message that self-care is selfish and think you just need to toughen up, buckle down, and get back to work.

If so, you’ve got that backwards. Completely backwards.

UNLEASHED RESILIENCE groups are made up of talented, dedicated, kind (and, yes, tired) pet professionals who understand how hard your work really is. They get it in a way that your friends and family cannot.

In each session, ​we'll discuss and practice a specific skill ​designed to fill you up mentally, physically, socially, or emotionally. This way you can figure out what works best for YOU. There are no one-size-fits-all strategies here. 

​The groups cover topics like

  • Identifying your signature strengths, which will help you see what special talents you bring to the table. Most people have no idea what their personal gifts are. Do you know yours? Do you know how to use them deliberately? You will!
  • Reframing negative mind chatter to shush that cranky voice in your head. You’ll learn to work with your worries and doubt your doubts.
  • Increasing your self-compassion because, quite frankly, probably no one is meaner to you than you are. Getting a little clarity about why your brain is dives into “compare and despair” mode will help you avoid this particular landmine.
  • Figuring out what triggers emotional responses in yourself and others. Most issues can be traced back to five common triggers. You’ll use this skill over and over with clients, coworkers, and even to question yourself when you’re starting to spin up.
  • Establishing and maintaining boundaries because, guess what, you’re not good at this. (Yet.) Whenever you catch yourself feeling resentful, it’s likely that you either didn’t set a good boundary or decided not to enforce one you thought you had.
  • Improving communication with the people you care most about. This one is going to surprise you. Most of us think we’re good at communicating with the people we really care about, but there are a few unbelievably common mistakes we make. But now you’ll be able to avoid them!

​Sign Up for an UNLEASHED RESILIENCE Group Now!

​These special groups are designed just for you.

  • Six weekly 90-minute sessions. Long enough so you have time to practice your new skills at work and at home. Short enough to squeeze into your busy life.
  • Zoom classes. In-person, interactive training delivered right to your home. Join us in your pajamas if you want to.
  • Small groups. With no more than 10 people per group, you’ll be among kindred spirits and will feel safe, understood, and valued.
  • Interactive format. You’ll be an active participant in the group discussions. True learning doesn’t come from lectures; it happens when you figure out how the new information applies to your real life.
  • Variety of topics. This is your opportunity to experiment. There’s no one-size-fits-all game plan. You’ll try new things to figure out which strategies work best for you.
  • Casual atmosphere. I know that you are creative, resourceful, and whole. Show up just as you are. You’ll be accepted and not pressured to change.


​Mom, Business Owner, Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist with 14 years of experience

At the risk of sounding clichéd, this course is nothing short of life-changing. I didn't know that many of the concepts learned were even a thing, and the course offered an exceptional way of internalizing them in a low-pressure and non-intimidating way. Colleen is an amazing instructor, knowledgeable and empathetic. I can't recommend this enough, and I mean this in earnest. I am extremely grateful to have been part of this course.

​Which Group Should I Choose?

There are three different UNLEASHED RESILIENCE groups: purple, green, and blue. 

Each one covers a different set of positive psychology topics. There’s no hierarchy between them. You can take one, or you can take them all.

It's easy to get started. Sign up for any group that catches your fancy and fits your schedule! 

Note: The magic of these groups is in your participation. The sessions are not recorde​​​d and cannot be watched later. Please only register for a group if you can attend at least five of the six sessions.

​Tina Spring, CPDT-KA

​Sit Happens - Athens, GA

​Self-care isn't easy for many of us and can feel uncomfortable ... we don't have time, it feels silly, etc. This course makes caring for yourself easy ... no guilt, no pressure, just a method to move toward self-care that can change your life, not just for you, but for your family and the others you serve.

Stay Tuned: New Format Coming this Fall!


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