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 provide care to the international community of survivors.
The certification process
The next online course begins Wednesday, August 22nd and will end in on January 30, 2019
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 22nd of August through the second week in December we will meet every week for 90 minutes in a classroom learning environment.
Beginning the week of September 10th we will hold two Practice Groups on Mondays at 1pm EST and 9pm EST. These groups will allow you to, initially, observe Trauma Recovery Coaching and, after five or six weeks, practice coaching with myself and other students. There will be approximately 40 hours of Practice Groups for you to attend. You do not need to attend each one. However, we require that you attend at least 10 Practice Groups.
Aside from the weekly class and Practice Groups 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.
Beginning in October I will ask you to begin attending one of 12 weekly coaching groups I run so that you can become familiar with leading Trauma Recovery Groups.
In December and January you will begin your 6 hours of Practicum work. You will be paired with two other students to form a Practicum Triad. During the first four sessions of your Practicum the three of you will take turns fulfilling the role of coach, client and observer. You will rotate through these roles in each 75 minute long Zoom session so that each of you gets a chance to play each role four times. Your Coach Mentor will be present at your first Practicum session to help acclimate you to the process. For your final Practicum sessions you will meet with me and a volunteer who will serve as the client. For one hour I will observe your coaching and provide you with feedback. to observe and give you feedback. To complete this fifth session you will be provided with my schedule so that you can sign up for a one hour slot.
On January 30th 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 and pass a written exam, with score of 80% or more, to obtain your certificate. The Portfolio consists 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. If you have not met the standards set for the Portfolio I will provide you with written feedback as to what needs to be done to bring it up to standards.
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.
What you will learn
- Basic Coaching Skills
- How Abuse, Neglect and Dysfunction Effects Children
- How a Traumatic Childhood Impacts Adulthood
- The Difference Between Therapy and Coaching
- Coaching a Trauma Survivor
- Coaching Protocols
- Intakes, Assessments, Crisis Management Plans and Recovery Goal Pans
- One to One Coaching
- Coaching in Groups
- Using Methods of Healing such as Expressive Arts and Writing
- Self-Care Strategies to Avoid Burn Out and Vicarious Trauma
- The Code of Ethics of Certified Trauma Recovery Coaching
- The Guiding Principles of Certified Trauma Recovery Coaching
- Running a Coaching Business
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.
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, Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship by Heller and LaPierre 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.
- After receiving your Advanced Level Certificate you will be eligible to earn your Supervisor Level Certificate, which will allow you to teach Initial and Advanced Coaching 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 23 week course; offering 65+ hours of live instruction and supervised practice as well a Practicum, 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 the first of each month September, October, November, December and January.
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.
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August 2018 Online Course:
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