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When life serves us stress, we can volley back…

Whether it’s everyday demands, chronic and ongoing challenges, or the impact of traumatic stress that you are facing, you can begin to flow with the currents of life instead of against them.

Learn how to support your nervous system from the inside out.

Reconnect with your innate resilience and build greater capacity for life’s challenges.

Whether you are interested in self-care or you are a professional looking to support your clients and bolster their healing capacity, the Nervous System RESET personal programs and Professional Training will help you access the skills and awareness necessary to master your dance with stress.

Personal RESET (for the General Public):

The Personal RESET is 6-session program that spans 2-3 months of private and ongoing learning and mentorship under Jessica’s guidance.  Nervous system regulation and re-education work is delicate and takes time to cultivate.  Pacing things this way allows you to integrate the information and to learn the somatic skills gradually and apply them regularly over time.  The goal of this program is to support you in making lasting, self-care changes that will help transform your life.

All sessions are conducted via video conference so they can be arranged from the comfort of your home or office, whichever you prefer.  All you need is a strong internet signal and a laptop or tablet with a camera.  This also allows Jessica to work with clients from any geographical region.

The cost for this program is $365 which includes the 6 sessions as well as a guidebook that you download and work with between your sessions.  Clients find this guidebook to be a helpful tool  in integrating their learning.

The Personal RESET can also be offered in a group format that works well for organizations wanting to bring effective self-care strategies into their workplace.  The group format combines an initial, in-person workshop blended with weekly individual video conference sessions to create a deep, experiential process.

For more information on group offerings, please contact Jessica directly.

Content covered in the program:

  • Basic physiology of the stress response
  • The body’s natural protection and recovery responses
  • Cultivating and tracking internal safety
  • Signs and indicators of activation and calming cycles in your stress response
  • Orienting exercises and tracking body sensations
  • Regulation skills and approaches
  • Working with the restorative tremor as a regulation tool
  • An understanding of the social nervous system and the vagus nerve
  • Building an individually-calibrated approach to self-practice so that you are able to continue supporting your nervous system after the series is over

For more information about the Personal RESET program or to sign up, please contact Jessica.

Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners and Clinicians: Introduction to Nervous System RESET

Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners and Clinicians is an introductory workshop that provides a theoretical and experiential overview of the Nervous System RESET process. All participants will leave with an overview of the comprehensive neurophysiology of stress and trauma, as well as an understanding of how to begin to cultivate a neurophysiology of safety within their own bodies.  Participants will also leave with an assortment of practical somatic skills for quieting the nervous system and promoting resilience.  Because additional learning, skills, and training are needed before one is ready to deliver this transformative approach, participants will not be able to use the Nervous System RESET process directly with clients without first completing the full Professional Training Program (see details below).

The introductory workshop consists of the following minimum core requirements and serves as a pre-requisite to the official Nervous System RESET Professional Training Program:

  • Introductory Workshop, 2-day training in-person
  • 2 required personal supervision sessions (via video conference) post workshop as follow-up mentorship for integrating the theory and practices

Workshop Content:

  • The stress-trauma response and the stress-trauma continuum
  • Anatomy, neurology, biochemistry of the stress response
  • Polyvagal Theory and the role of the Vagus nerve
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Exploration of internal safety and how to track/cultivate signals of safety in the body
  • Understanding a neurophysiology of safety
  • Interoception/Understanding how to track and follow body sensations
  • Exploration of basic orienting and resourcing exercises
  • Understanding of the restorative tremor response and how it works as a regulation tool
  • Physiology of tremors (where tremors come from)
  • Experiential introduction to the restorative tremor
  • Exploration and application of regulation, self-regulation, co-regulation
  • Understanding of common defense responses (Flooding, Freezing, Dissociating) and how to work with them
  • Containment and grounding strategies
  • Role of fascia

Whether you are a professional with a Mental Health background, a body worker or yoga teacher, or someone who simply feels passionate about nervous system health, the Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners and Clinicians is a excellent first step in cultivating stronger somatic awareness and skills to support your professional practice.

Associated Costs for Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners and Clinicians:

  • In-person workshop (2 days):  $350
  • 2 Individual sessions via video conference:  Included in cost of workshop

CE credits provided for:

  • LMT’s (licensed in Oregon and Washington)
  • Acupuncturists.  The NCCAOM recognizes the American Psychological Association’s accreditation through Commonwealth Educational Seminars (see below) and will award CE Credits under their Professional Enhancement Category to attending acupuncturists.  (CE fees apply)
  • The following Mental Health Providers, including Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors (CE fees apply):

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 12.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 12.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 12.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 12.0 CE hours of credit.

Grievance Policy:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Jessica Schaffer at 503-348-6288

To register, please visit the registration page

The Nervous System RESET Professional Training Program:

The Nervous System RESET Professional Training Program is designed for practitioners who want to incorporate the RESET approach into their clinical work.  Whether you are a professional with a Mental Health background, a body worker or yoga teacher, or someone who simply feels passionate about nervous system health, the Nervous System RESET Professional Training program is designed to prepare you to teach this approach competently and safely as a stress management and nervous system regulation technique.

Pre-requisites:

  • Completion of the Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners and Clinicians workshop, 2 personal follow-up sessions with Trainer, and 1 additional personal mentoring session with Trainer.
  • Individuals who have not taken the Nervous System Know-How workshop but who have studied privately with Jessica, may apply for direct approval from her with additional pre-requisites.
Pre-Requisites

Standard Pre-requisites:

  • Completion of the Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners and Clinicians workshop
  • Working with the Nervous System RESET Guidebook
  • 2 personal follow-up sessions with Trainer post introductory workshop
  • 1 additional personal mentoring session with Trainer prior to Training Module

If you have completed the Personal RESET program with Jessica, you may still apply for the Professional Training Program.  In this event, the pre-requisites would be:

  • Completion of the Personal RESET Program and the Nervous System RESET Guidebook
  • Direct consideration and approval from Jessica
  • 1 additional 2-hour teaching session via video conference
Program Requirements

Nervous System RESET Professional Training Program Requirements:

  • 1 personal mentoring session via video conference prior to module
  • Attendance at 3-day Training Module
  • 1 personal mentoring session via video conference after module
  • Ongoing personal practice/journaling with the restorative tremor
  • Three (3) required books and additional training materials and study aids
  • 2 structured practice-teaching sessions with training peers
  • 8 sessions with practice clients supervised by your Trainer (via video conference)
  • Follow up sessions with each practice client

Average completion time is 6-10 months.  Because this is a competency-based program, your Trainer may add extra sessions or assignments at her discretion.

Program Content

 Module Content:

  • Continued experiential practice with the restorative tremor
  • Refined understanding of Polyvagal Theory and its application to regulation
  • Attachment theory
  • Co-Regulation and Self-Regulation Strategies
  • A deeper understanding of trauma imprints and developmental trauma
  • Cultivating therapeutic presence
  • Trauma-informed facilitation skills and principles
  • Refining one’s ability to attune to and track verbal and non-verbal cues
  • Development of facilitation/teaching skills with individuals
  • A deeper understanding of working with defense responses
  • Containment and grounding strategies
  • Ethical awareness
Costs & Payments

Associated Costs for the Professional Training Program:

  • Individual session prior to Module:  $100
  • Training Module (3 days):  $450-$500
  • Individual session post Module:  $150
  • Supervised teaching of individual clients ($150/session x 8):  $1200
  • Books/media:  $30-$50 (approximate)

Total fees for entire training process (not including any travel expenses) are approximately $2000.  Fees are made payable direct to the Trainer prior to each workshop and supervision session.

* Cancellation Policy:  Registration fees are fully refundable ONLY with at least 14-day written notice, minus a $125 administration fee.  Cancellations with less than 14-day notice may be applied to the registration fee for the next training Module workshop.

CE Credits

CE credits provided for:

  • LMT’s (licensed in Oregon and Washington)
  • Acupuncturists.  The NCCAOM recognizes the American Psychological Association’s accreditation through Commonwealth Educational Seminars (see below) and will award CE Credits under their Professional Enhancement Category to attending acupuncturists.  (CE fees apply)
  • The following Mental Health Providers, including Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors (CE fees apply):

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 18.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 18.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 18.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 18.0 CE hours of credit.

Grievance Policy:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Jessica Schaffer at 503-348-6288

Miscellaneous Details

Additional Information:

All participants will need to have access to a personal computer, laptop or tablet with web camera as well as a reliable and stable internet connection for the video conferencing portion of the program.

Participants will also be asked to provide professional liability insurance for the clinical portion of the program. Participants will be referred to a reputable liabilty insurance provider that recognizes the Nervous System RESET approach if they do not already have coverage.

All in-person modules will be taught in Portland, Oregon unless otherwise noted.

What People Are Saying. . .

  • Most of my life, my view of the world, my perception of myself, and my experience of inhabiting a body have been colored by what I call free-floating anxiety. And after more than 40 years as a health educator, I have a pretty big toolbox of skills, tools, and practices to deal with change, lower stress and anxiety, and better achieve wellness. But it was not until my recent work with Jessica Schaffer and her Nervous System RESET program that I made a quantum leap in my own sense of well-being by increasing my ability to self-regulate my anxiety levels.  Perhaps most notably, Jessica taught me practices to discharge much of my anxiety and reset my arousal level to one that is much more conducive to creativity, humor, kindness, and the enjoyment of life. I am so grateful to Jessica and her Nervous System RESET program for helping me smooth out my jagged internal landscape and make room to invite in peace. I highly recommend Jessica, her work, her expertise, her grasp of the science behind the skills she teaches, and her presence in the world, to anyone of any age wanting to experience higher level wellness and well-being.

    Suze Rutherford Health Educator
  • I honestly cannot imagine my own healing journey or that of my clients’ without Jessica’s work. Her presence as a healer and person is its own force, but then she has brought incredible clarity, brilliance, groundedness, and hope to working with the how our lives are lived in the body, whether it’s the trauma we are carrying, the ways we limit ourselves, or access to our own healing processes.   By emphasizing safety and self-regulation, she has created a system that empowers.  What I notice most as a practitioner in my clients who work with Jessica is much greater self-regulation while doing work in session, and the ability to stay regulated out of session.  This means many things -- not the least of which is a decreased need for me to work to regulate us both -- but especially the possibility of creating more space for deep process and lasting healing.  I cannot recommend her more highly, and I refer almost all of my clients to her work.

    Erin Moline, MA, LPC
  • I came to Jessica suffering the effects of a traumatic brain injury. Before RESET, my management strategies often led me to be overworked, undernourished and exhausted from trying to outrun the anxiety and discomfort I felt. The reality was, I was achieving success externally at the high cost of my internal wellbeing.  Working with Jessica, understanding my body, recognizing different states and how they affect me and finally learning to manage my experiences and responses by making peace with their reality and diffusing/disrupting the cycle I had imagined was my base state, has been life changing. The difference in knowing I can truly find peace within my body as opposed to the decades of trying to manage my ever changing environmental stressors has given me a awareness of personal confidence, resiliency and peace than I have ever known. I am happier, healthier and more in control of my internal experiences and external responses.

    Kate Blazer MSW, Clinical Social Worker at Alternative School
  • I must share my profound and life changing experience of the Nervous System Reset program which is so simple yet so powerful on so many levels!!!! To name some of shifts I have seen: I am more in tune with my nervous system. I am more aware of what triggers me. I know how to practice simple tools and awareness in the moment to down regulate my nervous system. My stress levels are staying at a healthier and more balanced state. My body feels like it is running more optimally. I have more space to enjoy and appreciate all of of life. My recommendation to each and every person is to schedule with Jessica for her 6- session program.   It is the best gift you could give yourself or anyone you love.

    Laura Houston
  • Since working with Jessica and the RESET program I have found a greater sense of control, where I felt completely out-of-control before in regards to my nervous system response.  Previously when my anxiety would start to tick up, I felt as though I was being tumbled and overrun by the waves.  Now that I have learned how to read the signs of activation I have a box full of tools that I can utilize immediately, allowing me to ride the waves of panic, rather than to be a passive bystander.  This has been invaluable to me in that I now have much more self-compassion and can actively participate in my body and my life.  Jessica's guidance is gentle, kind, clear, and very supportive.  I highly recommend this program to anyone suffering from trauma, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, or really anyone with a nervous system.

    Monika K. LMT, Yoga and Somatic Movement Teacher
  • I reluctantly attended my first RESET session as part of a group and was very skeptical about what was going to happen, having spent the past 3 years running a gauntlet of therapies and medications trying to find something to relieve depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms. I haven’t had a panic attack since the first week of using RESET techniques and am now off all medications and sleeping better. I’ve felt very supported throughout the experience and am most grateful for learning that my body was trying to heal naturally, but I wasn’t hearing it.  I learned how to listen to myself which has drastically changed my quality of life for the better.  I recommend RESET especially if traditional treatments haven’t clicked for you.

    MLR Consultant
  • As a psychiatrist I have been treating the wounds of trauma for many years, and I've received many diverse trainings based on the unified Body-Mind-Spirit model. The professional training I received from Jessica has proven itself to be extremely valuable to my understanding of the BodyMind and has advanced my skills as a clinician greatly. Jessica is a gifted teacher, and a remarkably thorough student of the many wisdom sources she has so well integrated into this very impressive training.  As someone treating PTSD I am pleased that this program offers a healing process that is adapted to each individual’s capacities, needs and limitations. This training which offers a body-focused program belongs at the front end of trauma treatment and will make clients’ participation in formal psychotherapy, when that is the natural next step, far more tolerable, effective and briefer. Any clinician seeking to deepen personal and professional knowledge and skills to deal with the myriad woundings that real life offers would be lucky to be trained by Jessica Schaffer.

    Charles E. Thompson, MD
  • Jessica Schaffer is one of the best teachers I’ve worked with. She brings a wide range of expertise and explains complex and challenging concepts in clear, simple language. Jessica is also deeply compassionate and supportive as you work your way over the learning curve. I’ve gained so much from working with her, and I highly recommend her.

    Charlie Glickman PhD
  • Learning from Jessica was a pleasure. She is highly educated, experienced, and passionate about what she does. Jessica offers her teaching through a lens of compassion, acceptance, and an attitude of openness. With respect to learning how to teach self regulation, I don't think I could have learned as well as I did from anyone else. I look forward to benefiting from Jessica's passion and knowledge again the future!

    Meg Gorosh Certified Yoga Instructor, Licensed Social Worker
  • Jessica Schaffer is a wonderfully insightful provider and trainer. She has a gentle, respectful and grounded presence that promotes healing for her clients. Her unique, integrated approach offers a knowing sense when it comes to working with people as she accounts for the whole: body, mind and nervous system. Her commitment to understanding the science behind the healing is apparent in her clinical work and when teaching clinicians. She is dedicated to emphasizing with both clients and practitioners the need to attune to the sense of comfort and safety within. In doing so she empowers individuals to internalize this experience and gain their own attunement and regulation within. As a psychotherapist I have learned so much from Jessica’s expertise in the body and nervous system as it relates to trauma. It is clear that working with clients to attune to their body and mind is a necessary and integral piece in laying the foundation for the path to healing. There is no question that knowledge and guidance from Jessica has made me a better provider on so many levels.

    Christa Hines LCSW, CADCII
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October 2018

Rewriting Your Relationship to Stress in Manzanita

October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130 United States
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$20

Join Manzanita resident, Jessica Schaffer, Wellness Mentor and Health Educator for an evening exploring creative ways to rewrite your relationship to stress.  Jessica is passionate about introducing people to the concept of stress physiology (how our bodies process and metabolize stress) and has spent the past 20 years helping individuals cultivate tools to better manage and regulate their nervous system responses to stress and trauma.  $20/person if paid in advance.  $25/person if paying at the door. To register and pre-pay,…

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November 2018

Nervous System Know-How for Practitioners and Clinicians

November 2 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until November 3, 2018

Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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$350

This 2-day introductory workshop provides a theoretical and experiential overview of the Nervous System RESET process and serves as a basic pre-requisite for anyone intending to pursue the Nervous System RESET Professional Training Program.  For more information, please click here to view the class description.  Workshop cost includes two follow-up mentoring sessions with Jessica.  This training offers CE hours approved by the American Psychological Association for the following Mental Health Providers, including Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers,…

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Preview of Nervous System RESET for Bodyworkers and the General Public

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
East West College of Healing Arts, 525 NE Oregon St.
Portland, OR 97232
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$60

3 CE Contact Hours offered for this Preview class through East West College of the Healing Arts! This 3-hour workshop introduces professional to the Nervous System RESET approach.  Participants will be given a theoretical overview of the RESET process and will leave with a basic understanding of the neurophysiology of stress and trauma, as well as a road map for how to begin cultivating safety at a physiological level to support work with clients.  Because additional learning, skills, and training are…

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Nervous System RESET Professional Training Module

November 8 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until November 10, 2018

Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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$450 – $500

This 3-day Module is a required component of the Nervous System Professional Training Program designed to prepare professionals to incorporate the RESET process and approach in their clinical work.  For more detailed information about the training program, please click here.   This training offers CE hours approved by the American Psychological Association for the following Mental Health Providers, including Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors (CE fees apply). Early-bird price of $450 if registered…

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Nervous System RESET should not be used as a substitute for trauma recovery procedures of a medical or psychological nature. Individuals who have physical or psychological/psychiatric conditions that require strict regulation, individuals with fragile psychological defenses, a complex history of trauma or restricting physical or medical limitations should consult their medical practitioner.  Nervous System RESET has not been evaluated by the US Food & Drug Administration or the American Medical Association.  This technique is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.  Results may vary between individuals.  There are no guarantees, expressed, or implied.

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Nervous System RESET has not been evaluated by the US Food & Drug Administration or the American Medical Association.  This technique is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.  Results may vary between individuals.  There are no guarantees, expressed, or implied.