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Free Violence Prevention Training

In 2021, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) partnered with Seed Digging to provide violence prevention training to multiple school campuses in Arkansas through a Department of Justice violence prevention grant. The Seed Digging Violence Prevention Training, in alignment with the SD-TISBM (Seed Digging-Trauma Informed School Based Model), can be viewed for free by visiting our YouTube channel.

Free Suicide Prevention Training

In partnership with the AR Department of Education, AR IDEAS, and Arkansas PBS/AETN, Shawna Burns trains on Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention. The training has been made available to the public and may be accessed here:

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Normalizing Mental Health
Garden of your Heart
What is "Seed Digging?"


Seed Digging is a compassionate approach that blends evidence-based counseling models and techniques together in a simple language to help individuals understand how emotional and behavioral issues develop and how to overcome them. Seed Digging uses a garden analogy to explain how negative and positive thoughts (seeds) can deeply impact emotions and behaviors; through simple strategies, negative seeds can be "uprooted" and replaced with positive ones through building self-confidence, love and inner healing connection. Seed Digging incorporates current neurological research and concepts and techniques from Person-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Attachment Therapy, mindfulness, and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.


Seed Digging also offers several programs and services including a school based trauma informed model, with 5-layers of care, a wellness & counseling clinic, books and resources, live trainings and online training programs.

Seed Digging Wellness Center


Counselors from the Seed Digging Wellness Center are licensed mental health professionals, who hold specialty certifications in a variety of areas, including (but not limited to) trauma, addictions, alcohol and drug abuse, and the Seed Digging technique. Counselors are available to help children and adults of all ages and provide individual, couple, marriage, family, and group counseling services. 

Counselors at the Seed Digging Wellness Center use a brief therapy model; our goal is to equip each client with counseling tools, including the Seed Digging Technique, in order to be strengthened and empowered to maintain emotional healing, long after the counseling session ends. 

Seed Digging counseling sessions occur at the Seed Digging Wellness Center located in Harrison, Arkansas.

For more information about sessions at the Seed Digging Wellness Center, check out our website at:



Shawna Burns, a Licensed Counselor has authored five books on the concepts of Seed Digging. Each provide an overview of how the technique and strategies of Seed Digging may be used. Books are available for children, teens, adults, teachers, and students. Online programs are also available as well. 

Online Training Program

Shawna Burns

Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor-Clinical Supervisor
PsyD Student

About the Author

Before becoming a counselor, Shawna taught special-education in the public school system & absolutely loved it.  She almost didn’t finish her counseling degree because of her passion in the classroom, yet her heart desperately wanted to work with children in a one-on-one setting in hopes of making an even greater impact. She eventually ...

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