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?
If this describes you, Trauma Recovery Coaching might be the career for you!
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Trauma informed care is much needed in every part of the globe. Millions of people around the world are subjected to interpersonal abuse such as childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault 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.
Why become a certified 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?
We 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 Certified 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
Speaking about trauma and abuse
All of these methods can be combined to earn a very livable wage as a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach.
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The three levels of certification
The first level of certification offered by the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching (IAOTRC) is called an Initial Certificate. It allows the individual full rights and privileges of being a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach. The qualification is for two years from the date that it is first granted.
You’ll learn things like:
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
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
The Ethics of Coaching Survivors
Running a Coaching Business
An Advanced Certificate indicates a Trauma Recovery Coach has additional training above and beyond their Initial Certificate. They are more familiar with the Neurobiology of Trauma, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and resolving complicated issues with clients in recovery.
The Supervisor Certificate is the highest level of certification offered by the IAOTRC. These coaches are held to the highest standards set by the association. They demonstrate mastery of advanced level knowledge about trauma and coaching as well as practical coaching skills. Supervisory certification candidates show exemplary leadership within the IAOTRC. They mentor and guide Trauma Recovery Coaches in both the Initial and Advanced Certificate programs. The Supervisor Certificate is good for two years after the date it is granted.