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What is a trauma coach?  

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What is a trauma coach?

So, you want to be a trauma coach. That’s great! It’s a wonderful profession with plenty of potential in terms of growth, the possibility to help others, and address that ever-present issue we call trauma. Now, for those who may not know what exactly the job may entail, this article may be what you’re looking for. Even if you’re already familiar with what a trauma coach is, going over expectations, prerequisites, income, and motivation can only help in making you more well-rounded.

So – what is a trauma coach?  Well, the name gives a pretty clear idea of what they do normally. Trauma coaches specialize in helping clients deal with trauma. While other coaches – maybe a sober coach or life coach – can address areas where trauma has had an effect, it’s often too difficult to tackle the trauma itself without the help of a trauma coach specifically. As a trauma coach, you would be expected to have been trained to deal with clients with varying levels of trauma, and the many side effects and ways it can manifest itself, which will be covered later.

Those who thrive in this role are often the people who can take in heavy information and provide an environment where the client feels comfortable and safe. It isn’t a matter of rushing into the recovery process, but slowly easing the client into a space where you can lead them to recovery. It takes patience, understanding, and generally good people skills.

How to Become a Trauma Coach

So, becoming a trauma coach doesn’t technically take any prior experience, standards, or even a license. However, while it may be simple, that’s the inherent flaw of the profession. Nobody would feel comfortable being vulnerable with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing! People who may need help might hesitate to do so if they don’t have a trauma coach local to them with at least some sort of background.

That’s where the Addictions Academy comes in. Their comprehensive Professional Trauma Coach Training and Certification Program can teach you how to work with clients that may have varying levels of trauma. Trauma Certified Coaches have training in client regulation, brain-body connection, behavioral reaction, different types of traumas, leading causes, and latent symptoms.

Their course also enables you to help clients reach the root of their issues, heal that trauma, and offer solutions to help them live a full, happy and productive life. They teach you what trauma is, the types of traumas there are according to the DSM IV, and lend some assessment and diagnostic tools to uncover hidden trauma and how to coach people through it. In other words, this program is unbelievably thorough! Not only that, but they also teach you your limits, knowing when to refer to the client’s therapist for all sorts of darker issues.

The program has no prerequisites and is taught by the wonderfully acclaimed Cali Estes, more commonly known as The Addictions Coach. It’s 26 hours in total, and offers the certification itself, an ethics course, exams, manuals, a job board, mentorship, and the potential to be hired internally by The Addictions Coach brand to potentially work with Cali herself!

Why You Should Be a Trauma Coach

So, we’ve covered the how, but there’s still the question of incentives. Why should anyone become a trauma coach? Well, assuming they are the person suited for the job both mentally and emotionally, it can do a world of good for countless amount of people.

As was touched on earlier, there are families and individuals who are unfortunately left in areas or situations where they can’t get the help that they need. While trauma coaching is important, not everyone knows they exist, and they aren’t everywhere. These are very real people, and they can only do so much. If you were to become one, you could do a great service to those in your community, and perhaps even a wider scope with the potential for remote work.

Not only that, but trauma as a whole is downright difficult to manage. It can be overwhelming, upsetting, confusing, and painful for anyone going through it, especially if they’re doing so alone. There’s no shame in getting help, and sometimes they just need a little push or a guiding hand! Speaking firsthand, trauma in the modern age has become almost normalized by younger people –making jokes or bringing it up offhand – and while they may feel as though that’s healthy behavior, it could be indicative of the opposite! It shouldn’t be normal to have gone through anything that falls under that umbrella and treating it as a lighthearted issue is a disservice to them and their experiences. These may be some young, vulnerable people giving cries for help, even if unintentionally, and a trauma coach can be the difference between silent suffering and feeling comfortable with letting these experiences go.

How much does a Trauma Coach make?

However, while it’s well and good to want to do some good, it is worth knowing whether you can make a living off of being a trauma coach. So – how much does a trauma coach make? Well – as is the case for any job – it depends. Location, clients, working through organizations, or individual contract work all have a drastic effect on income. According to the coach foundation, trauma coaches can make anywhere between $25 an hour to $75 an hour. This is obviously a pretty substantial gap, but even on the low end, it’s a pretty good salary!

ZipRecruiter reports somewhat similar results, estimating a national average salary of around $71,296. The low end is closer to around $50,000, but wages have been reported to be as high as $142,500. Usually, the differentiating factors in these scenarios are experience, background, and, again, location.

So, overall, becoming a trauma coach is a pretty lucrative career path. Whether it be the impact on people, the comfortable salary, or generally doing good for one’s community, it’s a good position to be in. If you want to learn more about trauma coaches and how to become one, click the link below and read more on The Addictions Academy.

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