Coaching and Trauma : Online and open to everyone: Cambridgeshire Network meeting

An Introduction to Trauma Aware Coaching – Looking out for our Survival Selves with Julia Vaughan Smith

Much is talked about at the moment regarding trauma and the impact of Covid-19.  However, trauma is often present in the coaching space and many coaches are unsure how to respond to some clients, particularly perhaps, those who disclose painful personal experiences or who are emotionally distressed.  In this session Julia will talk about what trauma aware coaching is and will introduce trauma, how it presents in the coaching space and how to respond within a coaching frame.  Being trauma aware helps us become more effective as coaches and enables us to feel confident in responding to what is presented to us. The aim is not to encourage us to be counsellors or therapists, but coaches who add value to the client.

She will draw on the Split in the Psyche Model developed by Professor Franz Ruppert. 
Using this model, Julia will talk about these ‘parts’ and focus on how the survival self presents within us and our clients and how to stay in our healthy self.  The survival parts are defensive responses which are there for a purpose, to keep us psychologically safe, but get in the way of personal change, and therefore coaching. Within coaches, the commonest expression of this is the rescuer.

The intention is that there will be opportunities for you to ask whatever questions you have; Julia sees herself as a resource for you for the two hours you are together. Her aim is that you will leave the session with useful information, some practical ideas for coaching and with confidence around the concept or presentation of ‘trauma’.

About the Presenter

Julia brings her experience as an Executive Coach, Coach Supervisor, Integrative Psychotherapist and Trauma Therapist to this work.  She no longer work one to one with clients but supports coaches become more trauma aware.  She has been a leadership and organisational development consultant working in all parts of the health sector in the UK, and also internationally; and headed up two consultancy businesses.  In the distant past she was a nurse, nurse manager and Deputy CEO of the national NHS Training Authority. Her first book ‘Therapist to Coach’ is used in some coach trainings, and her more recent book ‘Coaching and Trauma’ has been highly acclaimed by its readers.  You can read her blogs on coaching and trauma on

And find out more about her on


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2/10/2021 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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