Trauma Recovery Coaching Certification Program

Are you a survivor of childhood abuse who would like to use all that you've learned in your recovery to help other survivors?

Do you have a natural ability to connect with those who are hurting and help them find peace and happiness?

Would you like to make a difference in the world and change people's lives?

Survivors need you

Trauma Recovery Coaching might be the career for you! Trauma informed care is much needed in every part of the globe. Millions of people around the world are subjected to childhood abuse and neglect every year. In the United States alone 700,000 children are abused and neglected every year.

There are shockingly few resources to help those children when they become adults, suffering from mental health issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as problems with relationships, jobs, handling emotions, developing identity and self-worth. These survivors need and deserve help that is Trauma Informed.

Trauma Recovery Coaching serves a desperately under-served community. As I have worked in the mental health arena for the last 27 years I have encountered thousands of adult survivors needing and wanting affordable, high quality, affordable help recovering from their childhood abuse and neglect. Trauma Recovery Coaching can meet this need, if provided competently and ethically.

I am excited to offer, for the first time in the world, a Trauma Recovery Coaching Certification program. Successfully completing the program and gaining your certification will give you the skills you need to competently and ethically provide high quality, affordable care to the international community of survivors.


The certification process

The next online course begins Wednesday, February 21st and will end in July 2018.

Classes will be held, in my online classroom, on Wednesdays. To accommodate different schedules and time zones it will be offered at both 1pm EST and 7:30pm EST. The two classes will cover the same content. You can choose each week which class time works for you. Classes will be recorded so if you cannot attend you can watch the replay afterward.

From the 21st of February until the first week in June we will meet every week for 90 minutes in a classroom learning environment. Aside from the weekly class you will need to spend approximately three to four hours watching videos I have made, reading required books and documents, and listening to audio files.  There will be some homework along the way, geared at both helping you to understand yourself and to sharpen your skills as a coach.

In March we will begin holding practice coaching groups using a program called Zoom that will let us video conference. I will demonstrate the coaching process with students playing the client role. Then each of you will get a chance to coach with one another.

Beginning in April I will ask you to attend one of five weekly coaching groups I run so that you can become competent in leading Trauma Recovery Groups.

In June and July you will begin your Practicum work. You will be paired with another student to work with clients -- one of you will be the coach and the other will be an observer who gives feedback to the coach afterward. You will switch back and forth in each hour long Skype or Zoom session so that each of you gets a chance to coach and each of you gets to be an observer.  At least once I will join your Practicum sessions to observe and give you feedback. I will provide volunteers to be "clients". Those sessions will be scheduled according to your schedule, the clients schedule and mine.

At the end of July we will have one final class to answer any questions and wrap up details. At this point classes and supervised coaching will be finished. However, you will need to successfully complete a Portfolio project, consisting of a video taped coaching session you have provided to a client along with case studies and completed forms and worksheets. When I have received this project and reviewed it, to verify that your skills are commensurate with the protocols and methods taught during the course, you will receive your Trauma Recovery Coaching Certification.

To assist you in the learning process you will be assigned to a small group of students led by a Coach Mentor -- students who have already earned their certification and are highly competent in their coaching abilities. These mentors will be available to answer your questions, discuss homework and provide you with both guidance and encouragement throughout the program. Also, your small group will have it's own Facebook group to be able to gather and share information, support and build community with one another. I am committed to providing you with as much one to one and small group time as possible to support you in this learning journey.

i am excited to announce that there will be a second way to earn your Trauma Recovery Coaching Certification in the first half of 2018:


an in-person five day workshop in Orlando, Florida in april



If you'd like to obtain your certification more quickly or just prefer an in person workshop this option might be for you. I am offering an in person 5 day intensive in Orlando, Florida from Saturday, April 28th through Wednesday May 2nd. Drinks, snacks and lunch will be provided each day. You will be responsible for your own travel, hotel, breakfast and dinner costs and arrangements. The location of the course will be shared with you after you register.

The course will be held at the Guidewell Innovations building in Lake Nona. There is a Residence Inn and a Courtyard Inn adjacent to the Guidewell building.



What you will learn


Review the full calendar of coaching courses for 2018


Why Become a Trauma Recovery Coach

Serving survivors of childhood abuse is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose if you desire to help others. There are so many adults who need help recovering from their dysfunctional upbringing that the need for coaches is virtually endless. You will have the opportunity to immediately impact other's lives for the better. 

Coaching is also very versatile. You can coach out of your own home using Skype or other video conferencing methods or you can meet clients face-to-face. You can coach with groups or clients or just one at a time. Coaching can be your part time career or your full time career. You set your own schedule and determine your own fees.


what can I earn as a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach

I cannot guarantee you an income of a specific amount. However, I will teach you how to price your fees and structure your appointments to maximize your income. Most Trauma Recovery Coaches charge between $25 and $75 an hour. However, there are multiple other ways to earn income other than doing one-to-one coaching:

  • Teaching trauma related courses both for survivors and helping professionals, on or off line
  • Holding webinars for survivors, families of survivors, and helping professionals
  • Consulting with organizations, employers and even churches who want to provide trauma informed services
  • Group coaching, online or in person
  • Retreats for trauma survivors
  • Writing books
  • Speaking about trauma and abuse

All of these methods can be combined to earn a very livable wage as a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach.

Trauma Recovery Coaches leave a legacy of healed lives and and hopeful futures


Why Work with me to become certified

I am an internationally recognized expert in Trauma Recovery. I've worked with 1000's of survivors of childhood abuse, dysfunction and neglect around the world. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. I graduated number one in my class from my graduate school program.

I founded Trauma Recovery University in 2014. Since then, I have produced more than 175 hours of video content and over 125 pages of content currently being utilized by both survivors and helping professionals. I am currently working with a United Kingdom organization to produce an interactive database of information for employers and employees seeking to develop a Trauma Informed Workplace.

Since I switched from being a therapist to becoming a coach I have pioneered the field of Trauma Recovery Coaching. No other individual or organization has written coaching protocols and ethical standards for the field. I am the first to put those together into a Trauma Recovery Coaching Certification Program. To support and organize Trauma Recovery Coaches who obtain certification I've launched the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching. This program will provide not only initial certification but advanced and mastery level courses, both in person and online. It will also uphold and promote the highest quality and ethical standards within the field of Trauma Recovery Coaching.


Content and Technology

All of the coursework will be offered online. Once a week, on Wednesdays at a time mutually agreeable to all students, we will meet in an online classroom environment. Other required content will be available in PDF format, via audio files and via recorded videos.

Aside from the content I have written and will provide, there are four books that are required reading during the course: Complex PTSD by Pete Walker, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, Treatment of Complex Trauma by Christine Courtois and Julian Ford, and Trauma Stewardship by Laura Van Der Noot Lipsky and Connie Burk.

To participate in the course you will need to have and be able to utilize Zoom. You may need to sign up for a basic account so that you can record yourself providing coaching. We will talk more about technology in our first session.


Certifying with me includes other perks and bonuses

  • All coaches who begin or complete their certification during 2017 and 2018 will receive Charter Membership in the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching. As a Charter Member you will never pay membership fees.
  • A feature on my website promoting you and your coaching services.
  • Referrals from me when my coaching practice is full or if I think a new client is better suited for your skill set than mine
  • Eligibility to take Advanced Level courses which will earn you Advanced Certification. The first Advanced Level courses start in March 2018.
  • After receiving your Advanced Level Certificate you will be eligible to earn your Supervisor Level Certificate, which will allow you to teach Initial and AdvanceCoaching Certification courses and to Supervise Initial Certification Coaches.
  • Read about the Path from Initial to Supervisor Certification.

What is the investment?

The Online Course:

For the 22 week course; offering 42 hours of live instruction as well as practical experience, a Coaching Mentor, video lessons and templates you can use in your Coaching Practice, the tuition is $1750.

Is $1750 outside of your budget right now? I understand. I will be offering a payment plan of 6 payments of $299. The initial payment is due at the time you register. The remaining five payments will be due every thirty days.

All payments -- either the full $1750 or the first payment in the payment plan -- must be made upon registration. Additionally, this course is limited to 40 individuals on a first come, first served basis. Payment secures your spot. No spots will be held without payment.

Please note: if you choose the payment plan and do not pay your invoice by the each month you will be removed from the Certification program. No payments will be refunded, however you will be allowed to join a future Certification Program at a discount equal to the payments you have already made.

If you pay in full a 50% refund will be offered up until 30 days before the course begins. No refund will be offered if you withdraw from the course within 30 days of it starting. However, you may apply any non-refundable fees to another certification course in the future.

Online February 2018 Online Course:

Pay today in full:

Pay with 6 payments of $299:

The Five Day Intensive Option:

Because this in person course will have more overhead costs the cost is a bit more than the online version: $1950. You may pay in full today or make 4 payments of $498. Your first payment will be made today and then every thirty days for the following 4 months. Your final payment will be due in May 2018. If you have not made 3 payments by April 15, 2018 you will not be allowed to attend the course.

If you pay in full and withdraw from the course a 50% refund will be offered up until 30 days before the course begins. No refund will be offered if you withdraw from the course within 30 days of it starting. However, you may apply any non-refundable fees to another certification course in the future.

Register for the April In Person Course:

Pay today in full:

Pay with 4 payments of $498