MTHS Trauma-Informed
Coaching Certification

Generating powerful solutions in a positive environment.

99 participant contact hours

Moving the Human Spirit are world leaders in trauma-informed coaching. We focus on three areas:

  • ICF-accredited trauma-informed coach training courses
  • Trauma-informed training for organizations and communities
  • Trauma-informed coaching

About This Course

Being a Trauma-Informed Certified Coach offers a unique opportunity for self-awareness and to gain confidence in your ability to recognize when clients are experiencing or have been involved with traumatic events that are impacting or preventing them from moving forward resourcefully. It enhances the learning of not only coaches but also health professionals and individuals seeking knowledge of trauma, its effects and how best to coach the processing of trauma when it presents itself. Those interested in working with trauma survivors and wishing to support and coach these individuals in their recovery will benefit greatly from this training.

Who is this training for?

Anyone who wants to become a trauma-informed coach and is not interested in applying to credentialing with the ICF. This path is recommended for corporate or HR professionals looking to bring trauma-informed coaching into their organization.

No previous coaching experience is required.

Success in our program requires total commitment by all participants. By enrolling in this course, participants agree to be fully present during all sessions and participate to the best of their ability. This includes arriving on time, abiding by the code of conduct, and engaging in course activities. The intensity of our training to become a Trauma-Informed Coach can stimulate difficult emotional situations. This training was developed to train coaches and is not a substitute for personal therapy. Moving the Human Spirit (MTHS) reserves the right to deny acceptance to an applicant and may withdraw a participant from the program at any time if a participant’s behavior, attitude, or views negatively impact the quality of the training program or the other participants.

• Our courses are designed to be interactive and engaging for our participants. Therefore, you are expected to participate in course activities, including dialogue with the course instructor and peers, practice coaching activities, and experiential learning exercises.

Participants are expected to conduct themselves professionally during all sessions. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Arriving on time for all sessions.
  • Attending all live sessions and mentor coaching sessions.
  • Have your camera on for virtual live sessions.
  • Participating fully in all sessions and mentor coaching sessions. This includes being prepared for the session, involving yourself in discussions and activities, assuming responsibility for your learning, and contributing to the learning of others.
  • Engaging in discussions with integrity and honesty.
  • Being respectful of your fellow participants and instructors, including silencing your cell phone, not texting, and other disruptive behaviors.
  • Embracing diversity and inclusion while respecting the dignity and humanity of others.

The blended learning experiences we use are as follows:

  • All classes are conducted virtually using the zoom platform.
  • The use of videos to review core competencies and ethical practice is required before receiving course manuals and zoom links for class.
  • Manuals for all sections are supplied so students may follow along and know exactly where they are at any given time. Manuals also serve as a review of learning for the students as they move to the final exams.
  • Audio-recorded coaching demonstrations are available to students so they can witness a full coaching demonstration using the Methodology.
  • YouTube videos on specific topics can be watched whenever the student desires.
  • Classes are recorded and sent out to students so they may review the day’s class at their leisure or review specific sections or demonstrations as needed. (Recordings are available for thirty days after the last day of class).
  • Class discussions focus on the material covered in that day’s session.
  • PowerPoint Slides in pdf are sent out to all participants before class so they may follow along and make notes on their slide printouts in the class.
  • Facilitators share experiences and stories of coaching; students are encouraged to share their practice and learned experiences within the class.
  • Facilitators do coach demonstrations.
  • Breakout rooms are created for participants to practice demonstrated exercises.
  • We require that the students participate in triads outside of class with their peers to witness different methods and manners of coaching from their fellow students.
  • We discuss the business component explaining best practices, how to engage companies.
  • We discuss niche markets, client engagement, and the intention setting of profit centers for business growth and encourage students to coach with their peers to achieve these outcomes.
  • Students beginning the program are encouraged to sign up and receive coaching from a student who has entered the mentorship section of their training.
  • Students who move into the mentor positions are asked to coach the students in the course’s first section for practice.
  • We share articles of interest to students throughout the course and a list of resource materials in the Manuals, which include books, videos, and web links.

Course Materials

Students receive:

  • Welcome package with class links and videos to complete in advance
  • Course manual for review and notes
  • Student portal login where you can access class materials and assessments
  • Three hours of mentoring

Successful graduates receive:

  • Access to the course alumni page on Facebook
  • An invitation to include your coaching bio on our website

Course Hours

MTHS Trauma-Informed Coaching Certification is 99 hours, consisting of:

  • 20 three-hour modules of online teaching: 60 hours
  • Self-guided triad practice: 14 hours
  • ICF Core Competency video review: 2 hours
  • Prerequisite module bridge: 1 hour
  • Questions to examine: 10 hours
  • Exam allowance: 4 hours
  • Mentoring: 3 hours

Course Fee

Trauma-Informed Coaching Certification


+ Tax (CAD)
  • TICC Basics Training Component 1
  • TICC Advanced Training Component 2
  • TICC (3 Hour) Mentoring Component 3
  • MTHS Assessment (Non-ICF Path)

MTHS Trauma-Informed Coaching Certification

Training Components

Component 1
TICC Basics Training (TICCB)

Trauma-Informed Coaching Certification (MTHS) Basics is a 8 session component and is designed to deliver the basic principles as well as competencies of a coaching relationship in preparation for the advanced component.

80% Attendance required along with three Triads/Dyads, one 15 min recording for written feedback and a final exam.

Component 2
TICC Advanced Training (TICCA)

Trauma-Informed Coaching Certification (MTHS) Advanced is a 12 session component designed to build the skill and confidence to work with clients who have experienced traumatic events and to facilitate growth in such an environment.

80% Attendance required along with four Triads/Dyads, two 15 min recordings for written feedback and a final exam.

Component 3
TICC (10 Hour ICF) Mentoring (M)

Trauma-Informed Coaching Certification (MTHS) Mentoring is a 3 hour component consisting of 3 – one-on-one 1 hour mentoring sessions.

100% Attendance required.

MTHS Assessment (Non-ICF Path)

In this component a coach recording will be required for a MTHS assessment.

Upon passing this assessment you will receive certification.


The course is divided into three components – Component 1 introduces the concept of coaching, the ICF Core Competencies Model (2021) and ICF ethical requirements, building the foundation for undertaking the coaching process. Component 2 focuses specifically on coaching trauma. Component 3 mentoring consists of coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.

Component 1: Coaching Concepts

  • Welcome and Check In
  • Introductions
  • Setting Class Agreement
  • Course Curriculum
  • Course Completion and Triads
  • Coaching vs Trauma Coaching
  • Ethical Practice
  • Embodying a Coaching Mindset
  • TICC Methodology
  • CO-Creating the Relationship
  • Establishing and Maintaining Agreements
  • Working to Create an Alliance with the Client
  • CO-Creating the Relationship (continued)
  • Cultivating Trust and Safety with the Client
  • Searching for the Desired Change
  • CO-Creating the Relationship (continued)
  • Maintaining Coaching Presence
  • Working with Interested Inquiry
  • Learning to Communicate Effectively
  • Employing Active Listening
  • Working Within a Lens of Exploration
  • Learning to Communicate Effectively (continued)
  • Evoking Awareness with the Client
  • Working with Key Developments
  • Creating Action
  • Cultivating Client Learning
  • Facilitating Client Growth
  • Furthering Commitment with a Client
  • Reviewing Final Course Requirements
  • Ensuring Learning Outcomes
  • Final Questions
  • Celebrate Accomplishments

Component 2: Coaching Trauma

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Course Outline
  • Course Completion Requirements
  • Conduct, Professionalism and Confidentiality
  • Meeting Ethical Guidelines/Professional Standards in Coaching
  • Creating an Experiential Co-creative Learning Environment and Class Intention
  • Creating Trust and Safety
  • TICC Methodology
  • What is Trauma?
  • Causes of Trauma
  • Why Some Suffer More Than Others
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Emotional and Psychological Trauma
  • Trauma-Related Disorders (DSM5)
  • When to Refer a Client
  • Coach Preparedness
  • Levels of Listening
  • Introduction to Brain Science
  • Brain Activity and Trauma
  • Coaching Presence/Mindset
  • Creating Awareness
  • In Time and Through Time
  • The Timeline
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Sympathetic and Parasympathetic
  • The Window of Tolerance
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • The Vagus Nerve
  • The Moment of Trust
  • The Heart/Brain Axis
  • The Gut/Brain Axis
  • Neurotransmitters/Neuroplasticity
  • Authenticity
  • Empathy, Compassion and Sympathy
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Aligning Perception Positions
  • Spiral of Healing
  • Tools for Grounding
  • Client Regulation
  • Coaching Techniques to Consider
  • Power of Prevention
  • Managing Accountability
  • Post Traumatic Growth
  • Progressive Solutions Summary
  • Recognizing Wellness
  • Conversation on Suicide
  • Shame, Blame and Guilt
  • Boundaries and Triggers
  • Coaching Activation
  • Releasing, Reframing and Redirecting
  • Other Modalities for Trauma
  • What Next? (Practice, Business)
  • Course Review
  • Ensuring Learning Outcomes
  • Sharing Wins
  • Celebration

Component 3: Mentoring

Coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process.

Observed or recorded coaching sessions to increase the coach’s capability.

MTHS Assessment

What Do Our Graduates Say?

TICC builds a safe learning platform for participants to engage in trauma-informed learning. The course offers updated scientific knowledge and practical tools to support learners applying effective coaching techniques in any workplace, and work field; at the same time, the learning journey itself can become a trauma healing process in both personal and professional level. The facilitators and organizers are supportive to everyone. I enjoyed the learning process and meet other great professionals who have similar interests.

Keybi, TICC Graduate

All I can say is: Wow. I enrolled in this course at the recommendation of a friend, hoping to gain some wisdom, skills, and insight into coaching in general, and wanted a trauma-informed lens. This course (TICB and TICC) gave me that and then some! Not only was I learning, but I was doing some own inner healing. This was one of the most eye-opening, mind-blowing and incredible experiences of my life!

Marisa D, TICC Graduate

Every person experienced trauma, whether they’re aware of it or not. The TICC coaching model enables coaches to FULLY meet their clients where they are. Whether you want to work directly with clients who are aware of their trauma or you want to work with the general public or even in a business or corporate setting…trauma will find its way into the conversation when the space is safe. It’s imperative to know how to hold that space. TICC shows you how. I left this program fully confident that I can coach anyone on anything.

Amy, TICC Graduate

Trauma-Informed Coach Training FAQs

Trauma-informed coaches have training in client regulation, brain-body connection, behavioural reaction, different types of traumas, leading causes, and subsequent symptoms. They will have learned methods to help ‘regulate’ the nervous system, discard shame and guilt through powerful questions, and recognize and promote wellness as it starts to develop.

Trauma-informed coaches have learned the proper channels for referral and the growing relationship between clinical professionals, therapists, and coaches.

To become a trauma-informed coach, one must have authenticity, strong values, and beliefs that are not limiting to working in this area.

Our course teaches you how to be clear about setting boundaries between therapy and coaching. Trauma-informed coaches do not treat trauma and do not diagnose. However, they understand the nuances of working with clients who have experienced trauma.

Trauma-informed coaches help alleviate trauma symptoms in their clients by facilitating a safe space to create positive experiences, creating awareness of emotions, and supporting clients to envision and create the future they desire.

As trauma-informed coaches, we acknowledge the past where it is, honour the person for who they are, and focus on bringing awareness to the present and the positive potential of the future, including post-traumatic growth.

The goal of trauma-informed coaching is to support the client to move towards mastery of their situation and practice new ways of being while using learned tools and skillsets. You help them move towards creating a calm, peaceful and enriched life for themselves

The intensity of our training to become a trauma-informed coach can stimulate difficult emotional situations in some students. This training was developed to train coaches and is not a substitute for personal therapy.

Moving the Human Spirit reserves the right to deny acceptance to an applicant and may withdraw a participant from the program at any time if a participant’s behaviour, attitude, or views negatively impact the quality of the training program or the other participants. MTHS facilitators and their assistants assess the suitability of participants for the program during the first five training sessions. Participants will receive a full refund minus an administration fee if requested to leave during this period.

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