Cyndi Brannen, PhD, bases her ethics and professional practice on her career as a psychologist and an educator. They are further informed by the core values of passion, kindness and integrity.
Dr. Brannen and the leadership of The Covina Institute practice the value of passion informed by discipline.
This includes the right to speak out about issues deemed important and to respect others’ right to do so without violation of boundaries or confidentiality, and in a manner that is respectful to other’s experiences and views.
Passion includes the right of others to be heard. Dr. Brannen and the leadership strive to ensure that no member monopolizes time or attention within the network and courses.
Dr. Brannen and the leadership practice the value of kindness informed by boundaries.
Kindness is defined as a respectful attitude towards others with a commitment to maintaining healthy boundaries.
Clarity is part of kindness. In all interactions, Dr. Brannen strives to be direct, clear and concise. This applies to staff of The Covina Institute as well.
Dr. Brannen recognizes that integrity means that all members of The Covina Institute have a right to a safe and supportive environment. Cyndi and the leadership have an obligation to honor their commitment to the ethical practices and to the terms of their engagement with The Covina Institute.
Dr. Brannen exercises reasonable judgment and takes precautions to ensure that her experience and biases do not overly influence her decision making process.
Dr. Brannen and the leadership seek to promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in their teaching and practice.
Dr. Brannen and the leadership do not steal, cheat or engage in fraud, subterfuge, or intentional misrepresentation.
Dr. Brannen and the leadership strive to keep their promises and to avoid unwise or unclear commitments.
The Covina Institute does not claim intellectual rights over any content contributed by network members.
Dr. Brannen owns and operates The Covina Institute as a private network within Mighty Networks. The Code of Conduct applies to all staff and members within the network.
Covina is owned solely by Dr. Brannen. It is committed to supporting students heal into their unique wholeness through supported learning programs and transcendent spiritual experiences. The Covina Institute is part of the Keeping Her Keys organization, which is a registered business as a sole proprietorship.
The leadership team of Covina are members of The Mystai. You can learn more about The Mystai HERE.
Covina provides a collaborative educational community designed to facilitate healing and empowerment through psychospiritual education, rooted in applied depth psychology, and with it's heart in the archetype of The Witch and The Goddess Hekate.
It is my commitment to provide a safe and private online community, that is a coven like no other.
The Covina Institute Network is a private, safe, secure and supportive environment led by Dr. Brannen.
The content of the The Covina Institute includes modern evidence based personal development strategies, techniques for spiritual growth, modern adaptations of traditional methods such as divination, spellcraft, rituals and other forms of energetic work.
Members are those who have purchased a subscription to the Covina Center spaces.
Students are those enrolled in the Hekate's Keys Program of deeper engagement.
The Covina Leadership team is led by Dr. Cyndi along with students and members of The Mystai.
Neither members nor students receive individualized support from Dr. Cyndi or The Mystai.
All members must have a selfie of their own face as a profile photo. Nobody else should be in the picture.
All members must have their actual usual first name, what I would address you by if we were in an in-person educational setting/coven, in their profile name. If you don't want to use your last name, you can use the first letter of it. If you want to add another name after your usual first name and the first letter of your last name, go for it.
We are "Covina Casual," which means we discuss things in a conversational style that encourages closeness.
The "key" concept when it comes to sharing here in Covina is to keep it personal and focused on the curriculum.
Share pics of you doing the magic, from altars to more.
Share selfies, share things you've created (be it visual or written), post excerpts that amplify our current focus.
Above all, talk about the curriculum, from our playlists to the lessons.
Follow my lead and all will be well.
We practice the Covina Kindness 1:1 Rule for posting - make one thoughtful reply to one of your Covina Kindred before adding your own experience.
Don't talk at each other, talk to each other.
These policies apply to all spaces within Covina, including the all-member chat.
Dr. Brannen and the leadership will act to remedy any situation in which a member of The Covina Institute violates the Code of Conduct.
Conflict resolution best practices are used to resolve any violation of the Code of Conduct. All conflict resolution will include at least two members of leadership. The usual first step for minor violations is to clearly discuss with the member the alleged violation to reach a resolution. If a successful resolution cannot be reached, such as the member fails to apologize or acknowledge their violations, the member may be removed without further discussion. Serious violations will result in immediate removal. Members removed from the network for violating the code of conduct will be banned from returning to the network. The reasons for their removal will be reported to Mighty Networks.
Offensive content, including images or words depicting overt sexuality, violence or nudity, will be removed without discussion.
Reporting a Code of Conduct Violation
Report any possible violations by clicking on the three dots in the upper right corner of a post. For problems in the all-member chat, please report directly to Cyndi Brannen.
Ethics and Professional Practice Training
Dr. Brannen, as part of her training and career, has received training in ethics and professional practice. She is educated in supporting groups that are traditionally marginalized by the power structure including: women, children, individuals with trauma, persons of color, First Nations/Aboriginal peoples, those with chronic illness and disabilities, and LGBTQI+ individuals. She is an acknowledged expert on gender based analysis, vulnerable populations and determinants of health.
Dr. Brannen is a feminist scholar and educator. She holds an earned doctorate in applied social psychology from an APA accredited university. She also has an earned Diploma in University Teaching/Adult Education.
Supervision and Training of Covina Institute Staff and Volunteers
All leadership team members are directly supervised by Dr. Brannen.
Confidentiality and Privacy
All members of The Covina Institute and members of the general public who contact Dr. Brannen or Keeping Her Keys privately are assured of privacy.
All information, including identifying details, will be kept private and will not be shared in any matter.
Confidentiality of all members is ensured. No details of members' actions, writings or other works shall be discussed with anyone, except for the following circumstances:
No member information shall be shared or sold.
Beneficence and Nonmaleficence
Dr. Brannen and the leadership strive to benefit those with whom they work and take great care to do no harm to any of the community members within the Covina Institute network and members of the public with whom they interact.
Dr. Brannen and the leadership adhere to strict professional boundaries with members of The Covina Institute and the members of the public with whom they interact.
Neither Dr. Brannen nor the leaders in dual relationships with her staff, students or members of The Covina Institute community. In plain language, this means that they do not use their position of advantage to engage in inappropriate behavior or personal, intimate, romantic or sexual relationships with The Covina Institute community members or students.
Because Dr. Brannen's judgments and actions may affect the lives of others, she is alert to and guards against personal, financial, social, organizational, or political factors that might lead to misuse of her influence.
Scope of Practice
Dr. Brannen’s scope of practice focuses on teaching within the structure of The Covina Institute.
The Covina Institute provides education in personal development and spiritual growth.
Membership in The Covina Institute does not include private personal support from Dr. Brannen or leadership.
Commitment to Professional Conduct
Dr. Brannen and the leadership seek to safeguard the welfare and rights of members of The Covina Institute. When conflicts occur, Dr. Brannen and the leadership attempt to resolve these conflicts in a responsible fashion that avoids or minimizes harm. Dr. Brannen and the leadership strive to be aware of the possible effect of their own physical and mental health on their ability to help those with whom they work. As such, The Covina Institute engages in regular practices to ensure the well-being of Dr. Brannen and the leadership.
Commitment to Efficacy
Dr. Brannen develops her content based on research and spiritual wisdom. She applies her expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis to her research and her work. Her content is evaluated for efficacy on an ongoing basis.
Commitment to Original Content
All content created by Dr. Brannen, staff and volunteers is entirely original and does not infringe upon the rights of any work by other content creators.
Proper Citation and Non-plagiarization
Proper citation of sources referenced will be used by Dr. Brannen and staff. No plagiarizing will be tolerated.
Commitment to Safety
Dr. Brannen strives to provide content that is safe, based on the needs of the members and the environment in which they are receiving the content. Great consideration is taken to ensure that no lesson, article or experience is beyond the safe parameters of the member or student.
Dr. Brannen reserves the right to remove or deny membership to any individual who she has deemed to be likely to not be suited to The Covina Institute.
Dr. Brannen may remove any member from the network who poses significant risk to themselves or others. She will strive to report this risk to appropriate contacts when appropriate and possible.
Dr. Brannen and the leadership are committed to creating a safe environment within The Covina Institute. This is defined as a community free of unwanted sexual, racial, gender, cultural, religious or other comments, whether spoken or written.
No Responsibility for Outcomes
Although Dr. Brannen develops her content based on modern evidence and traditional wisdom, and tests and evaluates it for efficacy, she makes no guarantee or accepts no responsibility for the outcomes or impacts of any of her spoken or written work. This applies to the leadership as well.
Cancellation of Subscription
Members can cancel their subscription through their profile within the network. Canceling a subscription results in removal from the network.
Refunds are only given in exceptional circumstances.
All general inquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
Members and students of Covina should use firstname.lastname@example.org