Navigating Trauma​: Mindful Skills to Enhance Safety & Regulation

Created and taught in English by:
Bhanu Joy Harrison,
•UCLA Trained Mindfulness Facilitator
•Social Worker

Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC
• EMDR Consultant
• Buddhist Chaplain

12 ICF Core Competency CCEs

12 Counseling CEUs via New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Board

Traumatic events happen and affect our bodies, hearts and minds. Each of us metabolizes these experiences differently. As a mindful coach, how can you work safely and effectively with the obstacles trauma often presents? This class provides a road map for the physical, emotional and mental terrain that accompanies trauma. I will present information on the physiology of trauma, Polyvagal Theory, window of tolerance, safety, co-regulation, boundaries, titration and pendulation. Trauma informed mindfulness tools and practices will be woven throughout class. Holding space and containment in the presence of trauma will also be discussed, with the emphasis on understanding and building your own self-regulation capacity.


As human beings, we cannot escape trauma…no matter our privilege, social roles or status, gender, country, economic level, or education.  Trauma and the dysregulation that can occur with it, will show up in your coaching sessions, sometimes loudly, other times more subtly. In order to ‘do no harm’ and create more safety in your sessions, you need a roadmap to help you navigate when and how trauma shows up, both in yourself and in your clients.  Knowing and practicing trauma-informed mindfulness skills can deepen your compassionate connection with yourself and your clients and provide a safe enough space for healing and growth.


  • Understand the prevalence and types of traumatic life experiences coaches may encounter in sessions

  • Use mindfulness skills to effectively work with trauma, safety and resiliency issues during sessions

  • Explore the window of tolerance and offer tools for clients to implement in their lives

  • Describe the importance of boundary setting in trauma-informed coaching

  • Recognize the need for and practice the skill of ‘holding space’ for coaching clients


Contact Hours: 12 hours over 6 sessions
Where: Anywhere! Connect via phone or computer
Tuition: $725.00
ICF Core Competencies/CCEs: 12 CCEs
Optional: 12 Counseling CEUs via New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Board

Navigating Trauma is part of Mindfulness Coaching School’s ICF Approved Coach Training Program (ACTP). Ann-Marie is a CEU provider through the state of New Mexico and offers optional counseling CEU’s.


Peter Levine (1997). Waking the Tiger – Healing TraumaNorth Atlantic Books
David Trevlevan (2018). Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing W.W. Norton & Company


Deb Dana (2020).  Polyvagal Exercises for Safety & Connection: 50 Client-Centered PracticesNorton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

The Mindfulness Coaching School stands in solidarity with our Black, Latino and Indigenous communities.

The challenge of these days requires us to explore our own way of being as educators and as a community. We re-commit ourselves to learning, teaching and acting as more intentional allies.

To qualify for CCEs, CEUs and/or Class Credits toward Credentialing
You MUST attend 80% of the required, live class contact hours and complete a Class Evaluation Questionnaire in order to receive credit and/or CCEs or CEUs for the class. Students will be asked to indicate presence at the start and close of each class. Make-ups are not possible. We cannot provide CCEs, CEUs or a Certificate of Completion to anyone who does not attend the minimum number of class hours required.

Note Regarding State Boards
Ann-Marie is a CEU Provider through the state of New Mexico. It has been our experience that most state boards accept CEUs from the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. It is up to the individual participant to verify acceptance with their state board.

Class Withdrawal & Refund Policy
We are committed to running a healthy and efficient school and to keeping tuition costs low for our students. Last-minute cancellations and transfers are very costly for us – significant staff time must be redirected, preparatory materials changed, and budget altered. As a courtesy to us and to your fellow students who may be on the waiting list, please submit your cancellation requests at least two weeks before the start of class. Our class withdrawal policy is as follows:
• More than 14 days prior to the start of class: Mindfulness Coaching School retains a $150.00 fee for all cancellations.
• 8 – 14 days prior to the start of class: Mindfulness Coaching School retains half of class tuition.
• 7 days or less prior to the start of class: Mindfulness Coaching School retains all of class tuition.
• Optional Counseling and/or EMDRIA CEUs are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Internal Transfer Fee
A $100.00 fee will be charged for transferring your registration and payment from one MCS class to another.