Healing Trauma Through The Body

Foundational training in trauma informed care

Saturday, Sept 7, 2019 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm

At Integral Yoga SF (near dolores park)

“Trauma Informed Care” has become a buzzword. People are realizing that many of us are living with the impact of trauma on our nervous systems. If you are a yoga teacher, healer or work with people, chances are you are already working with trauma survivors. There are lots of cultural “norms” that are taught in yoga trainings that can actually cause more harm than good. It is important to become aware of the unique needs of trauma survivors if you want to provide the safest possible space for post traumatic growth.

Perhaps you are a survivor of trauma yourself. When you work with people and you have your own trauma history, it is extra important to understand the inner workings of your own nervous system so that you can show up and actually give your offerings from full instead of getting depleted. There are practices you can do to prevent taking on vicarious trauma or increasing the burden that you bring home at the end of the day after your service work. It is crucial to learn how to take care of yourself and tend to your own trauma as you take care of your clients.

Are you ready to grow compassion and competency in your work serving trauma survivors?

If you answered yes, you are in the right place! This training will prepare you to incorporate trauma theory and embodied healing techniques into your existing practice as a care provider so that you can be more effective in working with clients who have experienced complex trauma or PTSD. After the 4 hours together, you will have the tools to reduce harm, increase support and create a much safer space for the most vulnerable of your clients.

Who is this for? The trauma theory you learn in this workshop is easily understood in a therapeutic yoga or body movement setting, and can also apply to anyone who works with trauma survivors. It is a great fit for yoga and movement teachers, therapists, counselors, psychologists, healthcare professionals, teachers, activists, healers, caregivers and anyone who wants to learn the theory and practice of body-based, survivor-centered, trauma informed care.

“My entire approach to teaching changed, and my students noticed! I’m amazed that after one afternoon I now get asked where I did my trauma training.”

- participant testimonial

You will learn:

  • Basic trauma theory and the physiology of trauma

  • The theoretical underpinnings of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

  • How to use trauma-sensitive language with your clients

  • Tips on how to incorporate trauma sensitivity into your work

  • How to work with vicarious trauma and exposure to trauma in the workplace

You will take home:

  • 2 Trauma Sensitive Yoga practice videos

  • A resource list with books, websites and additional training options

  • A written Trauma Sensitive Yoga class script for your use

  • A handout with grounding exercises to use in your practice

Your teacher: Kelsey Gustafson, RYT 200, TCTSY-F, has been teaching yoga for 10 years and has over 1,000 hours of training in yoga and healing arts. In 2015, Kelsey became the first Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator in the state of California when she graduated from the advanced TCTSY certification program through the Center for Trauma & Embodiment. She now facilitates private and group classes in somatic trauma healing.

What is TCTSY? Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex or treatment resistant PTSD. It has foundations in hatha yoga, neuroscience, trauma theory and attachment theory. As a trauma survivor herself, Kelsey shares about trauma informed care drawing upon her experience working in the field, wisdom from her personal healing journey and many years of training. It is currently the only somatic evidence based practice that has been empirically validated.

“An incredible value for the time and financial investment. This one workshop has been the best education I have gotten since my original training”

- participant testimonial

Rates: $70 regular, $60 (Early Bird)

“Understanding trauma has been a huge ‘a-ha’ for me. I already feel more confident working with trauma and I am SO grateful for these new tools.”

- participant testimonial

Ready to create more safety, permission and healing in your professional practice? Join us!


Questions? You can schedule a complimentary call with Kelsey today to learn more.