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The Path to Certification

 
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The Initial Trauma Recovery Coach Certificate

What is an initial Trauma Recovery Coach Certificate?

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.

How do I obtain an Initial certification?

To obtain your Initial Trauma Recovery Coach Certificate you must attend and satisfactorily complete a Coaching Certification program accredited by the IAOTRC. There are two options for how the course can be taken: a 24 week program conducted entirely online or a 5 Day In-Person Intensive program. Both programs require you to not only master the content about trauma and coaching, but also to demonstrate competency through a coaching practicum experience. After completing the course, in whatever format best suits your needs, you will have to pass a Trauma Coaching Standards Exam and submit a Portfolio of work demonstrating mastery of the Trauma Coaching skills.

How do I renew my Initial Trauma Tecovery Coaching Certificate?

Your certificate will be valid for two years from the date you received it. To renew your certificate the FIRST time you will need to:

  • Obtain supervision: either 25 group hours and 5 individual hours OR 35 group hours

  • Obtain 15 credits in Continuing Education Units offered by the IAOTRC

  • Successfully complete an Ethics Review and Update course offered by the IAOTRC

  • Pay a $50 certificate renewal fee

For your SECOND and subsequent Initial Certificate renewals you will need to:

  • Obtain 15 credits in Continuing Education Units offered by the IAOTRC

  • Successfully complete an Ethics Review and Update course offered by the IAOTRC

  • Pay a $50 certificate renewal fee

 
 
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THE ADVANCED TRAUMA RECOVERY COACHING CERTIFICATION

What is an Advanced Trauma Recovery Coaching Certificate?

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.

How do I obtain an advanced Certificate in Trauma Recovery Coaching?

To earn your Advanced Trauma Recovery Coach Certificate you must attend and satisfactorily complete an Advanced Coaching Certification program accredited by the IAOTRC. There are two course formats to choose from: a 24 week program conducted entirely online or a 5 Day In-Person Intensive program. Both programs require you to not only master the content about trauma and coaching, but also to demonstrate competency through a coaching practicum experience. After completing the course, in whatever format best suits your needs, you need to submit a Portfolio of work demonstrating mastery Advanced Trauma Coaching skills.

Additionally, a Trauma Recovery Coach seeking an Advanced Certificate must show they have completed 100 hours of coaching, received 30 hours of Supervision (25 group and 5 individual hours), passed a written and oral examination, and have taken 12 credits of Continuing Education Units offered by the IAOTRC.

Your Advanced Trauma Recovery Coaching Certificate will be valid for two years from the date that meet all qualifications.

How do I renew my advanced Trauma Recovery Coaching Certificate?

To renew an Advanced Certificate the FIRST time you will need to:

  • Obtain supervision: 25 group hours and 5 one-to-one hours

  • Lead 30 Initial Certificate Practice sessions offered in an accredited IAOTRC program

  • ·Obtain 15 credits in Continuing Education Units offered by the IAOTRC

  • Successfully complete an Ethics Review and Update course

  • Pay a $100 certificate renewal fee

To renew an Advanced Certificate the SECOND and subsequent times you need to:

  • Obtain 15 credits in Continuing Education Units offered through the IAOTRC

  • Successfully complete an Ethics Review and Update course

  • Pay a $100 certificate renewal fee

 
 
 
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The Supervisor Trauma Recovery Coaching Certification

What is a trauma recovery coaching supervisor certificate?

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.

How do I obtain a supervisor certificate in trauma recovery coaching?

To earn your Trauma Recovery Coaching Supervisor Certificate you must complete the 3 day in-person Supervisor Course.  There is no online version of the Supervisor Certificate Course. The Leadership Team feels strongly that a potential supervisor needs to be evaluated in a face to face setting. Only then can an individual's coaching skills and knowledge be truly assessed. The next Supervisor Certificate Coach course will be in October of 2019.

Aside from attending the in-person Supervisor Course you need to:

  • Complete 300 client contact hours since graduation from their Initial Certificate Course

  • Teach 10 hours of classes in the Trauma Recovery Coaching Certification program

  • Complete 45 hours of leading Initial Certificate Practice Sessions

  • Complete 20 hours of leading Initial Certificate Practicum sessions and providing feedback and guidance

A Supervisor Certificate will be good for two years from the date that it is earned.

How do I renew my Trauma Recovery Coaching supervisor certification?

To renew a Supervisor Certificate the FIRST time you will need to:

  • Complete 20 hours of Continuing Education Units – supervisors may acquire CEU hours outside of the Advanced Topic courses offered by the IAOTRC. But approval to do so must be granted prior to attending/taking an outside course.

  • Lead 30 Supervision groups

  • Obtain 10 hours of one-to-one supervision with the Executive Director Bobbi Parish, MA, CTRC-S

  • Successfully complete an Ethics Review and Update course

  • Pay a $150 certification renewal fee

To renew a Trauma Recovery Coaching Supervision Certificate the SECOND and subsequent times you need to:

  • Complete 20 hours of Continuing Education Units – outside CEU's are allowable but must be pre-approved

  • Successfully complete an Ethics Review and Update course

  • Pay a $150 certification renewal fee

What about the continuing education units?

To see a complete list of qualifying Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) click the button below.

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What is supervision? 

Supervision is the process of an experienced and qualified Certified Trauma Recovery Coach overseeing, guiding and mentoring newly certified coaches in order to assist them in developing exemplary coaching skills.

Do you need supervision?

All coaches need to meet a criteria of receiving a certain number of hours of supervision the first time they renew a certificate at any level:

Initial Certificate: 25 hours of group supervision combined with 5 hours of one-to-one supervision OR 35 hours of group supervision

Advanced Certificate: 25 hours of group supervision and 5 hours of one-to-one supervision

Supervisor Certificate: 10 hours of one-to-one supervision with Bobbi Parish, the IAOTRC's Executive Director

How do you get the supervision you need?

Supervision is offered through the IAOTRC in two formats: group supervision and one-to-one supervision. Group supervision is held twice a week and consists of an Advanced or Supervisor level coach leading a case review or demonstration of practical coaching skills. One-to-one supervision is offered by Trauma Recovery Coaches with a Supervisor level certificate. You may choose to work with any Supervisor credentialed through the IAOTRC.

Does it cost anything to get supervision?

Group Supervision is FREE to Initial and Advanced Certificate holders for the first 90 days after they earn their certification.

After that group supervision costs $10 per group attended.

Fees for one-to-one supervision are set by each Supervisor and are not regulated by IAOTRC.