Core Course PLUS: Human Service Professionals and Caregivers

For people who want to serve others authentically, compassionately, and effectively.



THOSE OF US who are drawn to working in service with others sometimes face unexpected challenges.

WE WANT TO SERVE well, but may get lost in day-to-day difficulties. The work is often rewarding, but also can be exhausting and frustrating.

HOW DO WE STAY with it? How do we manage our own emotions - frustration, anger, resentment, sense of futility - and stay open to the fulfillment that drew us to this work in the first place?

Because that's what we want, isn't it?

THE GROW IN SERVICE COURSE will, in seven classes, address these challenges and encourage you to work through them for yourself.

There are no easy answers or simple solutions.

This is a forum for deep thought and inner confrontation.

It's for sharing the joys and difficulties of being in service to others.

"As a social worker, it is my responsibility to continuously participate in self-reflection. The best and most talented social worker can experience burn-out and compassion fatigue. ... Carol's course allowed me an opportunity to reflect upon my "blindspots," my self-care routine, my areas for growth and my need for ongoing support. This course served as a springboard for me to create a long-term intention of self-reflection and a plan to seek ongoing supervision."

Frances Ford, MSW

This course is part of your work and training.

We recommend you do the course work and schedule your sessions during work hours if at all possible.

Your organization may want to support you by paying for all or part of the cost.

HERE is a link to information you can send to your organization and/or supervisor.

A PLUS course includes two phone or skype sessions with Carol D. Marsh.

Go to the Core Course ($125, no PLUS) HERE

"In Carol's candid portrayal of the highs and lows of life at Miriam's House and within herself, she helped illuminate my own blind spots and areas of needed growth. After taking [Grow in Service], I have new tools to better know and care for myself and to better understand, value and care for those I serve."

Jill S. / Lydia's House board member and volunteer


Here's how the course works:

Sign up today.

Tomorrow, an email with access to pre-course information:

How to get the most out of this course.

The next day, Class One: Introduction to Authentic Service


Class Two: Our Needs and Expectations and How They Affect our Work

Class Three: Implicit Bias and Its Affect on Serving Others

Class Four: Justice Issues and Why You're Here

Class Five: Self-Care and Burn-out

Class Six: Boundaries and Behavior

Class Seven: Wrap-up and Encouragement


Added $200 value for just $125:

Two Skype or phone sessions with founder

Carol D. Marsh

Core Course at $125 PLUS two sessions at $125 =

$250 Plus Value


"In world of 'busy' this course provided a space for me to build additional support and an intentional basis for my life and life's work. Thank you, Carol, for baring your soul to help others."

Rhoda J. Stauffer, Housing Specialist / Park city Municipal Corporation


NOTE: Courses use "Nowhere Else I Want to Be" (see below)

Video talks (10 - 15 minutes)

Supplementary Resources*

Downloadable Journal (free with course; optional hard copy available, see below)

Discussion Forum

Two Skype or phone sessions with Carol D. Marsh

* Downloadable PDFs, TED Talks, Articles, Virtual Booklets and more

Course uses "Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir"


optional hard-copy of the Journal

(Free downloadable journal comes with the course)




This journal comes with the course for free, in downloadable format.

If you prefer a hard-copy, purchase for $12.98

Purchase HERE

Your Instructor

Carol D. Marsh
Carol D. Marsh

Carol D. Marsh was Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House -- a residence for Washington, DC's homeless women living with AIDS. Marsh lived and worked at Miriam's House until December 31, 2009, when chronic migraine disease forced her to resign.

Under her leadership, Miriam's House was home for more than 150 women and 30 children, and won the 2003 Washington Post Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award.

Marsh founded the FORUM FOR GROWTH IN SERVICE in 2017. She has spoken about her life and work at Miriam's House to various DC-area groups, including Georgetown University's Medical Residents (Family Medicine); Washington Scholars Program; ALIVE!; Washington AIDS Partnership; and Discipleship Year.

In August 2014, Marsh earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Her thesis was Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir, published in January 2017. Learn more HERE.


Awards for "Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir"

  • GRAND PRIZE WINNER (Nonfiction): Authors Talk About it 2017 Book Contest
  • FINALIST: National Indie Excellence Awards (Memoir), 2017
  • FINALIST: Next Generation Indie Excellence Awards (Autobiography/Memoir), 2017
  • FINALIST: Sarton Women's Book Award (Memoir), 2018

Marsh's essays have been honored as the Winner of the 2016 New Millennium Writings Literary Nonfiction Award; as Honorable Mention in the 5th Anniversary Contest (2016) of the literary journal, Under the Gum Tree; and as Honorable Mention in Soundings Review's 2014 First Publication Contest.

Her essays have appeared or are upcoming in Los Angeles Review, River Teeth, New Millennium Writings Anthology,The Tishman Review, Lunch Ticket, bioStories, Getting Old Anthology, and Jenny Magazine.



Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be tested and graded? Will there be assignments to submit?
The GROW IN SERVICE is only for your support, encouragement and challenge. You will not be tested or quizzed. You will be asked to complete a survey at the end of the course, but other than that, there will be no assignments to submit.
How long will the Grow in Service course last?
Eight weeks from the day you enroll. The classes are posted every seven days, and you'll get an email reminder for each one.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Your honest assessment and feedback are important to us! Please contact us using the green button to the bottom left of your screen if you're unhappy, or have criticisms about certain aspects of the course.

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