Trauma Informed Coaching

Learn More About Trauma-Informed Coaching Level 1

Providing the path to become a Trauma Informed Coach

  • Trauma Informed Coaching Certification Level 1 or TIC

Core TIC (cTIC for short)

TIC Level 1 Programs include the following cTIC legacy courses:

  • Introduction to Raconteur Coaching
  • Financial Well-Being Coaching
  • Hero's Journey© Change Model
  • Chronic Illness
  • 3 Gems of Good Health
  • 3 Gems of Thriving Mind

Your Takeaway

  • Complete a qualified training program for the NBHWC Certifying Exam and Level I (ACC) credential
  • Implement the Hero’s Journey® Change Model with clients
  • Improve your flexibility and effectiveness with clients with trauma-informed coaching techniques
  • Recognize subconscious emotional blocks and thinking obstacles
  • Integrate evidence-based somatic and artistic expression methods with storytelling
  • Conduct unique group coaching approach with clients
  • Create a safe place for clients to experience camaraderie, connection, open discussion, and acceptance
  • Restore a sense of belonging, autonomy, and competence


  • Learn a trauma-informed approach to coaching
  • Partner with the client to transform subconscious stories into learning, insight, and action
  • Demonstrate competence with the Hero’s Journey® Change Model
  • Develop storytelling skills in the coaching process that integrate clients' trauma into a new narrative
  • Improve clients functioning across all domains: Home, workplace, and community

Certification details

Units: 75
Instructors: Dr. Julie Elledge, Alice Ford
Language: English
Prerequisite: High School Degree
Tuition: $4996.00
Level 1 Certification Dates: Starts March 2023

Who Should Take This Certification?

Choose this if you are interested in:

  • Health and wellness coaching
  • National Board for Health and Wellness (NBC-HWC) accreditation
  • ICF Level 1 (ACC) accreditation
  • Health care setting
  • HR Professionals
  • Trauma informed leadership
  • Community Coaching
  • Group Coaching
  • Veterans Talking to Veterans
  • Therapists interested in coaching

Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.


US Department of Health and Human Services

What is Trauma Informed Coaching (TIC)?

Trauma comes from a single catastrophic event or a series of less dramatic stressors (work mismatch, prejudice, unclear expectations, impossible workloads, emotionally draining interactions with difficult people or feelings of insecurity). An estimated seventy percent (70%) of adults in the US have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. Only a small percentage develop PTSD that require a mental health professional.

Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) is the far more common response to trauma. That does not mean that they do not have painful feelings and difficulty working through the trauma. In fact, working through emotions and thoughts produces Post Traumatic Growth as a result of the struggling with a stressful or problematic experience. With coaching, clients change their perception of themselves, improve their interpersonal relationships, alter their life philosophy, change their spiritual orientation, increase their compassion and empathy for others, find ways to express their emotions with greater ease, feel greater comfort with their own vulnerability, find ways of experiencing themselves as capable and self-reliant, change their life priorities and find new directions in their life.

Trauma is a shattering experience. A traumatic experience shatters individuals’ belief in themselves, others, and their worldview. Since the dawn of humanity, humans have used the shards of trauma as an impetus for creativity, healing, and growth. We are born with a solution that improves our personal functioning, engagement in society, and spiritual growth. The secret is found in ancient stories that reveal the path forward, the support of a community, and a mentor.

Dr. Julie Elledge

PhD, LMFT, MCC, NBC-HWC, BCC, Mentor Agility

Mental health affects every aspect of life. In an era of mental health decline and chronic disease, the recognition that the traditional healthcare approach is over impacted and unable to serve the needs of most of its citizens has lead to the emergence and growth of a fresh approach with health and wellness coaching. Incorporating health and wellness coaching into the treatment of lifestyle-related ailments like depression and heart disease is rapidly becoming an integral part of medicine.

It is easy to look at the mental health crisis in a vacuum but there are less obvious correlations that need to be considered. Mental illness and other chronic conditions often co-occur. For example people who have cancer often have depression or people with chronic pain may suffer both physical and behavioral health challenges. Social determinants of health are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Mentor Agility’s coaches receive training to work with patients/clients/employees to address the four key determinate of health.

Health and Health Care -> Health & Wellness Coaching

Economic Stability  -> Financial Well-Being Coaching

Social and Community Context  -> Storytelling Group Coaching

Neighborhood and Built Environment  -> Nature and Urban Coaching

The unique lens of Mentor Agility’s training and education programs are crafted to meet the needs of coaches. Each of the training pathways meets the essential needs of all coaching clients with a trauma informed, health and wellness informed, and financial well-being awareness. The proven Mentor Agility methodology uses storytelling to build trust and bring forth subconscious goal setting and identify barriers to success. This playful and imaginative coaching draws out clients creativity and problem solving abilities to build competence, knowledge acquisition, skill development, insight, and self-confidence.

Three coaching pathways can serve the overall needs for coaches.

Mentor Agility’s Trauma Informed Coaches (TIC) are an excellent bridge between individual patients/clients/employees to goal setting and attainment, accessing resources, planning, improving performance, and forming accountability partners.

Mentor Agility’s Advanced Trauma Informed Coaches (aTIC) use multiple storytelling approaches to create trust, cohesion, stress release, and wonder. The curiosity, community, and motivation that arises from this distinctive approach generate engagement with family, friends, and coworkers. This method is used in the community as well as in health care and workplace settings.

Mentor Agility’s Executive Coaches (xTIC) develop the individual, team, and organizational performance across industries increasing productivity and employee retention — an important factor in the shadow of the pandemic and the Great Resignation.

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