The Certified Trauma Specialist Program
Trauma-Informed Care Fit to Your Career & Life
Are you in a profession where trauma sensitivity and responsiveness and foundational knowledge of Trauma Informed Care would be helpful in navigating day by day?
Are you ready to take your skills in helping clients, patients, and customers to the next level and gain a deeper understanding of how developmental trauma plays a significant role in our physical, emotional, and mental health, thus enabling you to connect on a more attuned level?
Maybe you are a manager with employees and see behavioral patterns that inhibit performance, such as non-responsiveness to deadlines, procrastination, or self-sabotage.
Are you a student going into the mental health field and want to start out with a strong foundation in trauma, shame, codependency and addiction?
Have you been looking for a program that will fit into your busy life, emphasizing the importance of taking care of yourself while learning, along with a safe community of trauma Informed & responsive individuals?
Areas of Specialties
As an Accredited Instructor for the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching, Jennifer Kindera is excited to offer the Certified Trauma Specialist course, to enable you to add foundational knowledge of certified trauma-informed care to your already existing profession. This robust course, accredited by the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching, offers hands-on instruction within a small group setting. Developed by the leadership and management team of the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching, of which she is a long-term member, this program is designed to further her mission of teaching others about trauma-informed care, sensitivity, and responsiveness.
Since 2018, Jennifer has been mentoring, teaching, and guiding budding trauma recovery coaches to bring trauma-responsive care out into the world. Jennifer's CTS course offers an inclusive space that includes the course description, combining the additional lenses of shame, codependency, and addiction, taught within the framework of attachment wounding, nervous system capacity, somatics, emotional health, and brain science.
Jennifer's CTS course is taught in a trauma-responsive environment, classes are virtual, enabling students from anywhere to curl up with their cup of tea and learn in the comfort of their own homes. Students are encouraged to participate interactively, with questions and comments.
The protective nature of shame always follows trauma. Codependency and addiction are adaptive responses to trauma, with shame ever-present.
Within developmental trauma, shame is the great protector and trauma survivors carry internalized toxic shame into adulthood, into relationships, and into the workplace. It can show up as self-sabotage, perfectionism, and discomfort personally and professionally. Using the foundational knowledge taught in the CTS course can enable you to engage in a professional capacity to navigate on an empathetic level while respecting and maintaining appropriate boundaries of care.
Jennifer's credentials include being a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach Supervisor, Certified Healing Shame Practitioner, Trauma Informed Certified Coach, and Certified Life Coach, also has completed courses on Trauma & Addiction with Dr. Stephanie Covington, Somatic Embodiment with Dr. Linda Thai, Trauma Research Foundations course in Traumatic Stress Studies, Trauma & Attachment with ATTCH, and IFS & Polyvagal Intro & Advanced, IFS-Cycle of Addictions with Dr. Alexia Rothman. Additionally, Jennifer coaches privately and has created educational and coaching programs to work with trauma and addiction groups.
Details on Jennifer's Credentials as an Instructor Include:
CTRC-S- Certified Trauma Recovery Coach Supervisor- International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching
CHSP- Certified Healing Shame Practitioner- The Center for Healing Shame
TICC- Trauma Informed Certified Coach- Moving the Human Spirit- ICF Accredited
CLC- Certified Life Coach - Certified Life Coach Institute- ICF Accredited
Additional courses that Jennifer has completed:
Trauma Research Foundation - Traumatic Stress Studies
Helping Women Recover (Addiction & Trauma) - Dr. Stephanie Covington
Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies - Linda Thai
Understanding the Foundations of Trauma and Attachment & Phase-Based Clinical Applications to Promote Healing and Integration of Trauma and Attachment Dysregulation- Lori Gill, The Attachment and Trauma Treatment Center for Healing
Intro to IFS Model, IFS & Polyvagal Theory, Advanced IFS & Polyvagal Theory, The Cycle of Addiction/IFS - Dr. Alexia Rothman
Foundations: Parts Work For Coaches - Lucas Forstmeyer
Working with Exiles - IFS Informed Coaching - Lucas Forstmeyer
Dissociation Made Simple - Dr. Jamie Marich
What Students Are Saying
Class Details & Information
Registration for the 2024 cohorts are open!
Cohort 1 - Jan 23 to Mar 26
Cohort 2 - April 9 to June 11
Cohort 3 - July 23 - Sept 24
Cohort 4 - Oct 8- Dec 17 (No class week of Nov 25th in observance of Thanksgiving)
4pm PST/5pm MST/6pm CST/7pm EST
Cost: $2000, payable in full or monthly. Included in the cost is the 10-week course, office hours immediately following class each week for 30 minutes, not mandatory, for questions, discussion, and connection, and access to the IAOTRC's community platform, which is an incredible resource.
Please note: the CTS certification program does not teach the coaching component. Students may sign up for the CTS course and provided they have completed the ten-week course, paid all tuition, passed the exam, and submitted satisfactorily all homework assignments, can transition into the CTRC class for the coaching/business portion of the course.
Certified Trauma Specialist Curriculum
Module 1: The Certified Trauma Specialist as a Career
Covering the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching Code of Ethics, guiding principles, and overall goals.
Introduction to Shame, Codependency & Addiction
Module 2: Understanding Trauma
Definition of trauma, subtypes, and classifications, including moral injury
Parish Trauma Response Model
Trauma, Attachment, and Childhood Psychosocial Development
Module 3: Biology & Trauma
Biological Impacts of Trauma on the brain
Biological impacts of trauma on the body as a system
Intro to Polyvagal Theory: the Autonomic Nervous System and Somatic Trauma Responses including Fear and Shame Adaptation
Module 4: Psychological Aftereffects of Trauma
Common psychological diagnoses after trauma
Common misdiagnoses after trauma
An introduction to psychotropic medication
Shame and Psychological Aftereffects of Trauma
Introduction to Shame Reactions
Module 5: Emotional Aftereffects of Trauma
Emotions versus feelings
The impact of trauma on emotional development
Co-regulation, emotional regulation, and dysregulation
Emotional Intelligence and Literacy
The Master Emotion of Shame - More Insight
Module 6: Relational Aftereffects of Trauma
Autonomic Nervous System's regulation of social engagement
The Social Engagement System
Unhealthy relationship patterns learned during trauma
Self-Abandonment, the Interpersonal Bridge and Intrapersonal Bridge
Codependency aka 'Love Addiction'
Module 7: Multi-focal Aftereffects of Trauma
Understanding Healthy & Toxic Shame
The Shame Response System
De-pathologizing Coping Strategies
Understanding trauma responses of internal parts, autonomic nervous system survival states, and shame responses
Module 8: Intergenerational Trauma
Understanding Intergenerational Trauma
Introduction to genograms as a tool for understanding intergenerational trauma
Multi-generational transmission of shame
Codependency & Addiction as Adaptive Coping Mechanisms
Module 9: Understanding the Multi-Dimensionality of Trauma Survivors
Developing the capacity to understand trauma in the context of social, gender, racial, ethnic, and historical frameworks
Perception, Bias & Privilege
Creating a Brave, Safe & Accountable Space
Trauma & Addiction
Module 10: Working with Trauma Survivors
How to work with trauma survivors safely
Developing the capacity to be centered, grounded, and anchored in your work with trauma survivors
Relationship rupture & repair
Certified Trauma Specialist Required Reading
Bessel van der Kolk-
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving
The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture
Bret Lyon- (pre-order, comes out October 17, 2023)
Embracing Shame: How to Stop Resisting Shame and Turn It into a Powerful Ally
Jeanette Elizabeth Menter-
You're Not Crazy, You're Codependent: What You Need to Know If You've Been Affected By Addiction, Abuse or Trauma