Trauma and Art Based Coaching

An online session exploring art based coaching’s role in trauma healing

Date tbc via Zoom

This session is aimed at experienced coaches who use art based and creative approaches in their practice.

Covid-19 has placed great stresses on all of us as we navigate our way through living with this virus. It has impacted all aspects of our lives. For many of us it will be just that, a stressful year (or two) in our lives, for others it may be a traumatic event and for a proportion they may end up with trauma.

…trauma does not refer to a specific event. It is not the cause but the consequence of experience. The word trauma comes from the Greek word for wound, and it is thus the ‘wounds’ we are left with.

Julia Vaughn Smith, Coaching and Trauma

Our clients will bring their experiences, both consciously and unconsciously, into the coaching space and we need, maybe more than ever, to be able to recognise if trauma is present; ensuring our coaching is part of their healing process. As we know coaching is not therapy, however, through working with our clients in the ‘here and now’ and tapping into their healthy resources, coaching can have a role in the healing process of trauma, and art based coaching in particular can be very beneficial if it is held safely.

…[expressive arts] are action orientated and tap implicit, embodied experiences of trauma that can defy expression through verbal therapy or logic.

Cathy A. Malchiodi, Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy

I am not a therapist and, like you, I am exploring trauma from a coach’s perspective. I am learning, and together, in this session, we start to explore the complex condition of trauma and the role art can play when trauma emerges.  We will cover:

  • What is trauma?
  • Understanding how trauma impacts us
  • The Survival Self (Ruppert’s Model)
  • Coaching and trauma
  • The healing process – a brain body approach
  • Art based coaching’s role in trauma
  • Boundaries, ethics and challenges

By the end of the session you may feel you want to deepen your understanding of trauma and I will share with you the sources I have used to research this area to date, two of which I have shared below.

Booking and fees

The fees for this 90 minute session are £60 inc. VAT.

If you would like to book a place please complete the form below and I will send you an invoice and how to pay. Once paid your place will be secure and I will send you the Zoom link for the session.

After the session I will send you the supporting notes and final references.


Coaching and Trauma by Julia Vaughan Smith, McGraw Hill 2019

Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy by Cathy A. Malchiodi, The Guildford Press 2020

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