Seed Digging Training Program

Learn the strategies to help children (and adults) move from “surviving to thriving” and find emotional healing that lasts!





Parents, Teachers, Nurses, School Counselors, Professional Counselors, and Mental Health Professionals can learn the simple yet powerful strategies of Seed Digging that will help children (and adults) find emotional healing. You will also learn how to empower individuals to use Seed Digging and find healing on their own.

WHAT'S NEW!  In collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education and AETN/Arkansas IDEAS, a Seed Digging Suicide Prevention Training is now available to the public. Please click here!


Help Them Thrive

Help people overcome emotional problems and addictions that are keeping them from truly enjoying life!

Get Through to Anyone

You'll learn how “speak” to the heart of individuals of every age, regardless of emotional or mental health issues.

Understand Them

You'll see individuals at the “core” of who they are and understand why they do the things they do.

All in a Flexible & Friendly Online Learning Environment

Agencies and individuals can help children and adults with mental health issues/addictions move from surviving to thriving. Professional Counselors, Mental Health Professionals and School Counselors can learn the Seed Digging technique and help individuals completely overcome their mental health issues and addictions.

The Seed Digging Training Programs aim to help you see children and adults with a new set of “eyes” and at the heart of who they are, instead of defining them based on their behaviors.

You will understand that emotional and behavioral problems and addictions are only symptoms that are pointing to a deeper problem that can be directly tied to healing of the inner self.

What is Seeding Digging?

Seed Digging is one of the most simple yet powerful concepts you will ever learn about. Children as young as 4-5 years old understand how to use Seed Digging to stop their own emotional and behavioral issues and continuously heal from the inside out.

It is also very powerful. We have multiple documented cases of children and adults with horrific addictions and mental health disorders who no longer meet diagnostic criteria, are now thriving, and loving life!

Seed Digging is a compassionate approach that incorporates multiple validated models of counseling that have been around for several years. It uses a simple language and new perspective to help people understand how their behaviors and feelings are directly tied into their thought processes.

Seed Digging teaches that thoughts are like tiny seeds that get planted in a garden. Positive thoughts plant happy seeds within our hearts; negative thoughts plant sad seeds instead. As these "seeds" are watered, flowers or weeds will grow. The flowers and weeds represent actions that will either produce happiness and joy or problems in our lives.

The Seed Digging training program will not only help you understand how the "garden inside of our heart" operates, but will also give you the tools to help children and adults discover who they really are. It will give you a new set of eyes and help you look past the "weeds" and see the beautiful garden that can be restored.

The program will teach you simple steps to help a person replace sad seeds in their heart with happy seeds that will continuously produce flowers.

At the PRO training level, you will discover how to help individuals with horrific additions and mental health disorders completely overcome their symptoms, thrive and enjoy life!

Seed Digging will ultimately help you put the tools in the hands of those you work with so they can also learn how to use Seed Digging continuously on their own, and pull sad seeds within their hearts when emotional and behavioral issues arise.

The Seed Digging approach is very powerful because it goes beyond only pruning the bush or "managing" symptoms. It pulls the bush up at the root so it will not grow back, therefore permanently removing the problem.

Seed Digging has been used in multiple school districts, colleges and universities, mental health agencies, and other organizations and facilities who serve children and adults who are struggling emotionally, behaviorally, and have severe addictions.

Who's this program for?

Parents, Teachers, and Nurses

When you learn the basic strategies of Seed Digging, you will help children move from "surviving" to thriving" and learn at their greatest potential.

You will learn how to "see" children at the core of who they are and understand why they do the things that they do. You will learn what drives their behavior and how to identify and meet the "need behind the deed".

With a few simple words and actions, you will help children discover who they really are and gain a strong self-confidence that will become the foundation for emotional and academic success.

Professional Development and CE Hours

Teachers and Nurses will receive 4 hours of professional development credit for the basic Seed Digging training and learn how to help children move from surviving to thriving!

Professional Counselors, School Counselors and Mental Health Professionals can become trained in the one-on-one Technique and even become Certified!

Through engaging in a flexible training program with videos, materials, and great resources, you'll receive 6+ hours of online CE hours. You have the option of joining our "Practicum Experience" class which gives you a great support system, hands-on learning, live calls, and an official Seed Digging certification!


There are 2 Levels of the Training Program


*for teachers, parents, and nurses

Module 1: Seed Digging Concepts and Strategies


  • Identify and meet the "need behind the deed"
  • Become a "child whisperer" and speak to the heart of individuals
  • Apply create strategies and empower children and adults to move from "surviving to thriving"

    *BONUS Includes: 3 Books for you (the original Seed Digging Book, Teacher's book, Children's book, and Garden kit) & 4 hours of Professional Development hours/CE hours



*for professional counselors, mental health professionals and school counselors

Everything in the Basic Level Plus ...

  • 3 Additional Modules
  • Exercises you can do with children, using a sand tray, puppets and other specific creative strategies
  • Creative strategies for teens and adults 
  • What to do if you get stuck 
  • Concepts of the "child within"
  • Optional Practicum Experience and Certification


  • Identify specific strategies to increase self-confidence with clients so that emotional healing can be sustained
  • Apply the Seed Digging Technique with children and adults
  • Apply the Seed Digging Technique with creative strategies

*Includes: Books, Worksheets, PDFS, 14 lessons, 6 hours of CE hours, (optional) 10 Hours of Live Calls to attend so you can practice and share + Certification once all required work is completed. 



get the actual books + kit, delivered to your home

Seed Digging Book

Seed Digging: A Simple Technique that Leads to Incredible Inner Peace. This 60-page power packed book will teach you the simple yet powerful concepts that form the basics of Seed Digging. The book gives a simple explanation about how and why the technique works and also specific steps that you can use and try for yourself.

$12 Value + Shipping Costs Included

Seed Digging Book for Teachers

Seed Digging for Teachers
This book gives teachers and others who work with children an opportunity to see children through a new “set of eyes” and understand why they do the things they do. Geared toward educators.

$12 Value + Shipping Costs included


In collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education and AETN/Arkansas IDEAS, a free Seed Digging Suicide Prevention Training Video is now available to the public.


Children's Book + Activity Kit

Charlie and the Yucky, Stinky, No-Good Fruit: This children’s book was written so that children could understand the process of Seed Digging, learn how emotional and behavioral issues develop, and discover how to pull “weeds” and stop emotional and behavioral problems all by themselves. The book also contains follow-up questions for facilitators to ask children after reading the story.

The Garden Kit: This fun activity kit accompanies the children’s book Charlie and the Yucky, Stinky, No-Good Fruit. Children are given hands-on tools as they plant a live garden and learn how to Seed Dig all by themselves. Students read the book and then identify and plant "happy seeds" and "sad seeds" in the gardens of their heart.

$25 Value + Shipping Costs Included




Meet Your Instructor

Hi, I'm Shawna Burns

Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor-Clinical Supervisor and Creator of the Seed Digging Technique.

I've been working with children and adults for the past 14 years and authored 3 books and mini curriculums to help others learn how to permanently overcome mental health issues and addictions, as well as spoken at numerous conferences (state and national), colleges and universities, school districts, mental health agencies, and for state and federal agencies.

It's my true passion to help people, especially children, discover who they really are and find lasting inner healing and peace.

The powerful concepts of Seed Digging are something that personally transformed my life and helped me overcome horrific eating disorders and depression that I battled for 13 years. Because of the amazing inner transformation that I experienced, I have devoted my life to helping children and others learn that they also can permanently feel better and stay better.


Results That Work

In the past decade we have seen both children and adults with extreme mental health issues and addictions completely overcome their diagnoses. We have documented sessions and testimonials of children and adults who had major mental health diagnoses that are commonly labeled "incurable," no longer meet the criteria for these labels. After years of battling horrific symptoms including hallucinations, delusions, seizures, fractured personalities, psychosis, and complex trauma, clients continue to report they are symptom free and enjoying life.

The results of Seed Digging are proven and have seen hundreds of adults and children completely overcome their diagnoses and addictions. Level 2 of the training allows licensed mental health professionals and school counselors to learn the specific components of Seed Digging so they can discover life-changing results.

At the base level, teachers (and others working with children or adults) will learn how powerful words and actions can be. Humans long to be needed, loved and valued. When our perceptions of people change and we see one another at the core of who they are, the lenses of "judgement" fall off and we begain to see through the eyes of "love."

Seed Digging gives you a new set of "eyes" and helps you see through this powerful lens of hope and love that changes lives.

The Benefits of Seed Digging


Within the PRO training program, you will see guest appearances from Professional Counselors and Interns who have used Seed Digging in creative, unique ways!

"I could share many stories of how Seed Digging has changed my patients' lives but it also has personally, permanently changed mine. "

Karen Appleget, LPC, LADAC, TF-CBT, CPT
Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Trauma-Focused CBT Therapist, Child Parent Psycho-Therapist

"During my internship I was able to use Seed Digging with many students and witnessed them not only emotionally heal but also overcome serious drug and alcohol addictions. Seed Digging changes lives through "unconditional love" and not just medicine"

Kristy Dawson, MPC, SDP-P
Masters in Professional Counseling, Seed Digging Professional-Provisional

"One of the wonderful things about Seed Digging is how compatible and adaptable it is to all different theories of counseling."

Stephen Powers, MS, SDP-Provisional
Masters of Science in Psychology with emphasis on psychometrics, Seed Digging Professional-Provisional

"I witnessed a young male who was addicted to pornography since the age of 5 completely overcome his addiction. He had even sexually acted out on others his age and his behaviors were were spiraling downhill. After a few Seed Digging sessions, the root of the addiction was discovered and his addiction is completely gone. He is doing very well now. "

Cassandra Elledge, CRC, LAC, SDP-A
Masters of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Associate Counselor, Seed Digging Professional-Advanced

Please be advised of our Disclaimer

*Seed Digging Basics is open to anyone who wants to learn about the basic concepts and strategies of Seed Digging to help individuals emotionally grow and thrive. Individual results will vary. This program is not a substitute for mental health therapy nor psychiatry services. The Seed Digging Training Program is to be used in conjunction with mental health professional services and/or psychiatry services for any individual who struggles with mental health issues, disorders, or addictions. Always call 911 if you have an emergency.

Please make sure CE Hours and Professional Developmental hours are applicable toward your license or certification within your state before purchasing the program.


SEED DIGGING BASICS for Teachers & Parents


Learn the basics to helping anyone (8 Lessons)

2 Books

1 Children's Book

Curriculum Kit  

4 hours CEUS (if applicable)


SEED DIGGING PRO for Professional Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, and School Counselors


3 pay option available

Everything in the basic level PLUS:

3 MODULES, 14 Lessons

1 Seed Digging Guide 

1 Seed Digging Sand Tray Guide


1 Certification upon completion


*for large agencies and school districts wanting to certify several staff members at once, please email [email protected] for a discounted quote

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