Trauma Response Protocol
Added: May 2023
Being in service as an empowered coach, healer, and practitioner is not to be taken lightly. It is a huge responsibility. The techniques learned in the Belief Tank Coaching Method will allow you to access and support clients at the deepest levels of their life. This work is deep, meaningful, and when done incorrectly, it can cause unnecessary and unintentional harm. It is essential to understand and remember the importance of that.
When someone hires you as a coach, they are giving you their trust. They are looking to you as a leader and authority to help them work through what they are going through and transmute their current situation into the life and freedom they desire.
I believe that as a coach, our primary responsibility to the client is to support them. The relationship is to help the client learn more about themselves, not about the coach or becoming a copy of their coach. As they walk this path with us, we want the client to realize that the power is truly within them. With this belief in mind, this is why I find importance in coaches learning to be their own best clients. The work you do within yourself is your most powerful testimonial.
It is equally important to pace yourself to see your client, do what you can to help them and their needs be heard. Each client is coming to you with a unique context and background, and so do what you can to research, learn and understand so that you can meet them where they are at.
As a coach, it is important to offer transparency and honesty with your client's needs outside of your scope of practice. In the online area, we are creating a resource for you with additional resources. It is also a good idea to begin building a network of professionals that you can have on hand if you need to refer your client out.
Please find a few resources below that may help you on your journey or support your clients.
If you are taking this course and would like virtual assistance accommodations, we recommend the following assistive technologies:
- Assistive technologies for visual impairment: Screen readers such as JAWS (https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/software/jaws/), screen magnifiers such as Magnifier (http://www.iconico.com/magnifier/), and Braille displays such as The Focus Braille Displays (https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/blindness/focus-blue-family/)
- Assistive technologies for hearing impairment: Speech to text software such as Dragon (https://download.cnet.com/Dragon-Home/3000-7239_4-18799.html)
- For additional assistive technology resources: https://www.cforat.org
If you are working with a client and need to make a referral for anything outside of your scope of practice, you can find a licensed psychologist here:
- https://www.psychology.org.au/Find-a-Psychologist (Australia)
- https://cpa.ca/public/findingapsychologist/ (Canada)
- https://www.bps.org.uk/public/find-psychologist (United Kingdom)
- https://locator.apa.org (United States)
- https://internationaltherapistdirectory.com (Various locations throughout the world)
If you or a client need emergency mental health assistance, you can find resources here:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255
- RAINN NETWORK: 1.800.656.HOPE
- RAINN 24-hour crisis chat feature: RAINN.org
- SAMHSA 24-hour crisis hotline: 1-800-985-5990
- SAMHSA Spanish language support: Text Hablamos to 66746
We will continue to add additional resources to the online portal as we learn of new ones.