Trauma Awareness in Coaching

INSTRUCTORS: Mark Drax and Jared Bingham
DATES: Wednesdays September 25 thru November 20, 2024 [Note: no session on October 23]
TIMES: 8:30 – 10:30AM PST
All sessions are virtual, last 2.0 hours and are recorded for later review.
Class size limited to 25 students.
Approved for 12 ICF CCE Units (8.0 Core, 4.0 Resource Development)
Language Used in the Course: English



It is likely that everyone has experienced some type of trauma in their lives. For some it may be obvious: an abusive childhood, early physical trauma of some description, time in a war zone, etc. For others, it may be more subtle, yet equally debilitating in their daily lives. Think about the following: 1) How many times in your life have you suddenly become aware that you are reacting to a situation in an angry or frustrated manner that is disproportionally expressive?  2) How many times have you found your emotions out of balance with a situation unfolding around you?

As coaches and human development practitioners, we come across trauma in our work. Sometimes it is trauma in a client. Other times, it’s our own buried, and possibly unidentified trauma, that muddies the waters of a client session.

Trauma Awareness In Coaching aims to help you become more sensitive to trauma, whether in yourself or in your client and to help you realize that trauma need not be the daunting ogre that so many fear. [Ironically, the word itself can be traumatizing]. Expect to learn how to spot trauma when it rears its ugly head and to gain the confidence to hold a safe space for you and your client when it does. Our hope is, that by the end of the course, when working with a client experiencing trauma, you will have the compassion to allow the trauma to be identified and embraced, and the confidence to refer the client to a higher level of care if necessary.

Below are key topics to be explored over this 6-week program:

  • What is trauma and why is it important for coaches to be able to recognize trauma in a coaching session
  • Skills a coach can develop to recognize trauma in a client during a coaching session
  • Skills and practices a coach can employ when trauma has been activated in a coaching session
  • Accessing the Three Centers of Intelligence (Head, Heart, Body) within yourself and within a client experiencing trauma during a coaching session
  • Recognizing when to hold the space and when to refer a client experiencing trauma to another specialist

This course is designed for people experienced in the growth professions including: executive coaches, life coaches, organizational consultants, therapists and spiritual directors.

Approved for 12 ICF CCE Units.

Testimonials from Participants

This was a fantastic experience for me - it opened my eyes, expanded my perspectives, gave me knew ideas and put me more at ease when the word trauma or other highly energetic and emotional topics come up with my clients and myself. It exceeded my expectations. I really didn't know what to expect - I just knew that I wanted to learn more about how to support my clients. Fantastic structure and modeling by both instructors. I was taking mental notes - the appreciation and validation from every question, supporting everyone and acknowledging their questions, points of view and concerns. Excellent and powerful modeling. I feel calmer around energetic and intense topics - and this course illuminated my next steps in my own coaching development - around somatic coaching. You all did a wonderful job - thank you.
Thank you for doing such a great job. The course was apt for many different types of practitioners and hit on many aspects of this topic that help however and whoever you coach.
As usual, Deep Coaching Institute offered a top-notch, high quality course with this one. Thank you so much!
Overall, the 6-week course series was wonderful. Truly well organized, well facilitated and engaging. The instructors were caring, thoughtful in the way they heard and enlisted comments/input. Very well balanced. No one took too much time or energy from the group. Artful skills as instructors/facilitators/coaches.
I found the teaching staff to be skillful, kind, and caring. They are clearly knowledgeable on trauma, and Mark, in particular, was so open in sharing his own experiences and how he has used his learning to help others. He has a palpable tenderness. All the staff modeled non-judgmental behaviors and language and created psychological safety. Terri Altschul
I loved this course. Both Mark and Jared did a nice job of sharing their personal experiences for relevance and theory. It's hard to name my favourite because I loved it all. My awareness of trauma has increased and it has not only helped me personally but also my coaching practice. The fifth session of ``clients experiencing trauma`` and the 10 actions was extremely helpful. I would like to see more of the science of trauma and some somatic exercises. It was well paced and the summary at the end was helpful.
Trauma Awareness in Coaching offers you what they promise: to raise your awareness regarding possible trauma in your clients. It gives you the confidence to know what to do when the situation arises that trauma is hindering the coaching. It makes you aware as a coach of your ethical boundaries when working with clients. I really loved the trainers Max and Jared. They were professional, blending theory with best practices, accessible and inclusive.
The instructors were very approachable and did a good job presenting the material in an easy to understand way. I feel more confident if trauma comes up both in my personal life and in my coaching sessions.
I very much enjoyed the class and also the content. I was only expecting an introduction to Trauma Awareness and I feel I got exactly that. I love the videos and break out group chats (wish those were a bit longer so that everyone felt like they got to share and be heard).
I want to express my sincere gratitude for sharing your experiences, insights, and tools with us. Your expertise and guidance have made it possible for me to better understand and address trauma, even as a non-psychologist.

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