Trauma-Informed Coaching approaches self-awareness by recognizing clients may have been affected by trauma. Trauma-Informed Coaching recognizes and acknowledges the role trauma may play in the lives of many individuals. Coaching the whole individual with trauma-informed guiding principles as a framework can reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization with the focus on changing negative conditions and generating powerful solutions in a safe, trusting and collaborative environment.
1. Explore the meaning of trauma.
2. Understand the Six Guiding Principles in Trauma-Informed Care.
3. Techniques to support and move the client forward and help resist re-traumatization
As the Vice President for Education and Foster Coaching, Dr. Melissa Mahan developed and directs the Life Coaching program for Family Tapestry, a division of the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. This unique coaching program creates pathways to success for older foster youth who are preparing to exit care. The Life Coaching Program is built upon the 7 Casey Life Domains, CliftonStrengths®, Emotional Intelligence and uses the Trauma-Informed Care principles.
Dr. Mahan has over 25 years of business, non-profit and higher education experience and is passionate about coaching individuals to achieve their dreams despite past trauma. She has presented at numerous national conferences and written the coaching curriculum utilized by Family Tapestry for the Life Program.
Dr. Mahan is an International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach, CliftonStrengths® Certified Coach and a Certified Wellness Coach. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northeastern State University, a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education and Human Relations from Oklahoma State University. She is also the newly-elected Secretary of the Board for ICF San Antonio.