Trauma Wellness: A Coaching Approach to Trauma

Trauma is always universal. Right now, people are hurting. The year is 2021, and the world has lived with a raging pandemic for more than one year. The pandemic is overwhelmingly traumatic. Many people have lost jobs and businesses. Others are homeless. A lot of people have gone without human touch for that year. There have been massive wildfires and horrific storms. That’s just this year. Suppose we add accidents, abuse, violent crime, cancer, and much more to the mix. In that case, traumatic experiences touch each and every one of us every year. 

There is a built-in natural trauma mastery process in all people. You can access your process to walk through traumatic life experiences. Coaches can help people do so. People can learn to be fully who they are no matter what is happening to and around them. Sometimes they need a person to listen. Sometimes they need to develop new skills. 

Dr. Coleman created this class to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to coach someone who wishes to master the trauma(s) in their lives. 

The course objectives are:

  • Understanding trauma in the context of people’s lives.
  • Know the clear line between Trauma Wellness Coaching and Post-Traumatic Stress Therapy.
  • Become able to recognize the myths, stereotypes, and stigma connected to trauma experiences. 
  • Know how to use Carl Roger’s unconditional positive regard with a client who has experienced trauma.
  • Develop skills using the ‘best you can’ principle to people attempting to master a traumatic experience. 
  • Creating boundaries in a trauma coaching session. 
  • Understand how to coach someone who feels stuck in their lives. 
  • Be aware of the pattern abusive people use to enter people’s lives and know how to handle them. 
  • Develop an awareness of emotional literacy.
  • Recognize positive self-talk and self-care as skills people can learn.
  • Understand the dynamics of how a person can change their relationship pattern. 
  • Become prepared to discuss a client’s spiritual questions about their trauma in the context of the client’s particular faith. 


An interest in coaching people who have experienced a trauma. 


Class: 1 hour weekly

Peer group discussions: 1 hour weekly with topic assignments for class.

Assignments: Reading materials due before peer group and topic assignments due before class.

Course Prerequisites