When Trauma Shows Up in Coaching
Most people have endured some sort of trauma. Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are negative events that occur before the age of 18 that, when unaddressed, can lead to difficulty in adult life. According to a recent study, 62% of adults in the U.S report having experienced one or more ACE. Globally, 85% of the population has three or more ACEs. Many factors contribute to trauma, from intense one-time events that disrupt an individual’s life, to systemic oppression, racism and other-isms that endure over time, resulting in a disproportionate amount of trauma in target communities.
It’s very likely that your clients have not only experienced trauma but they may also exhibit adaptive responses to their trauma. Likewise, the current global pandemic is a traumatizing experience for many people around the world. In the coming weeks and months, experts predict that unaddressed trauma will emerge. How can you be more prepared, as a coach and healer, to help?
Mary Kuentz and Laura Wade will help coaches become more familiar with how trauma shows up in coaching and how to interact with clients without triggering more trauma. We will base our presentation on current trauma research, neuroscience to help us understand it and time-tested practices you can use to help restore your client’s connection to wholeness.
In this session, we will discuss:
1. Symptoms of trauma and how they may show up with your coaching clients
2. Understanding the Sympathetic and Parasympathic Responses to trauma
3. Discuss common types of trauma
4. Practices and exercises that help your clients
5. When to refer
6. Understanding your boundaries as a coach when working with trauma
About the Speakers
Mary is a certified coach and teacher of coaching. Laura is a licensed therapist and clinical supervisor. They met while working together at a holistic rehabilitation center that emphasized an understanding of how substance abuse arises from trauma. Their work together explores the ever-shifting landscapes between coaching and therapy, spirit and science, thinking and behavior, body and brain, individuals and systems, leading self and leading others.
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