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20HR Trauma-Informed Facilitator Training 

A training that offers you immediate tools, methods and interventions in order to instantaneously cultivate a more trauma-informed approach in your current studio, classes, business, organization, and offerings.

The Training 

This training is more than an education, it is a transformational learning experience. It is a training that offers you immediate tools, methods and interventions in order to instantaneously cultivate a more trauma-informed approach in your current studio, classes, business, organization, and offerings.  

A holistic approach to discovering the connections between empowerment and resilience with personal exploration, invitational language, safe space creation, supportive solutions, and facilitating choice making. Join us to begin the shift from simply offering practices to embodying your special role as a facilitator of restoration, wellness and community building by offering trauma-informed practices to all humans in diverse communities.

In order to understand and take action toward a more safe, inclusive and equitable future we must first understand the complexities and nuances of trauma and how it manifests. This training unpacks the intricacies of how trauma impacts individuals and communities and also equips you with tools for self agency and regulation so we can more powerfully hold space for ourselves and others. 

What is Trauma Informed?
Trauma-informed means taking into account past trauma and the resulting coping mechanisms when attempting to understand the behaviours of those we are working alongside. It means bringing empathy and compassion to every interaction and creating a safe and accessible space for all. 



Why is Trauma Informed so important?

Stress and trauma can exist on a continuum and because of that, it is extremely important to understand this in the context of our past, today's world, and the future we want to work towards. This training gives you insight into individual and collective trauma, systemic causes of harm and trauma, as well as social justice and change-focused approaches. We explore how we can understand and integrate our own experience as well as how we can hold space for and walk alongside others. This training places an immense emphasis on knowing that we are not here to fix, change, or heal anyone else, but to be somatic witnesses and creative forces as we offer support along the way. Learn tools necessary for your own reflection and growth as well as ones to offer others regardless of the field or industry you work within and the people you work with. 

The body holds trauma to different degrees and complexities. As a facilitator, you are creating space for individuals to explore and connect with their breath, body and mind. Therefore it is important to be sure we are able to hold students in the wholeness of their experience, understand what may be happening for them on a physiological and neurological level, without needing to alter or change their experience. We are here to bear witness, allow, and hold space for transformation in their own time and way.

Trauma not only impacts how an individual functions and navigates the world, it influences how they relate to others and how communities relate to them. It impacts our society as a whole; institutions, systems, and structures have been built through trauma and continue to perpetuate it. In order to disrupt the cycle we must learn the nuances of how trauma shows up in the mind, body, and all interactions and dynamics. Becoming trauma-informed is a paradigm shift, it means seeing each person in their full diversity and intersectionality and allow them the dignity to evolve, heal, and transform. Through this, we begin to work towards the types of workplaces, systems, and institutions that we want to see; ones that are human-centred and equity-driven.

This is a space to show up in a place of curiosity to understand how trauma may show up in the body, how it may manifest in different situations and experiences. You will leave with a practical and embodied ability to move forward in a growth based way.


Through a better understanding of the body and how it is affected during certain circumstances and events (mentally, physically and emotionally), we as humans are able to ultimately return ourselves back to a balanced state of living, thus breaking the pattern of stress, anxiety, and eventually trauma within ourselves, our community and our globe.

During this training participants will discover: 

  • How trauma anatomically affects the nervous system 

  • How to identify trauma symptoms and trigger responses 

  • Tools to promote biological resiliency, self-regulation and resolution

  • Protocol and best practices in the field 

  • Invitational language 

  • Community building and outreach methods 

  • The Importance of self-care 

  • How to create a safer space 

  • Somatic Practices, interventions, and methods to support safe embodiment and mental healthcare


This 20-hour continued professional development and Yoga Alliance CEU training gives you the missing educational pieces as well as the space to explore somatic practices that will be useful for you both personally and professionally. 


Our approach is both bottom-up, drawing on body-based practices including  yoga, breathwork, and sensory awareness; and top-down with education around neuroscience, anatomy, and trauma.    

​​This 20HR Training is designed for: 

  • Experienced, new and novice yoga teachers and yoga business owners hoping to integrate trauma informed practices into studio, online and community settings.

  • Certified Bodyworkers, Coaches, and Retreat Facilitators


  • Healthcare, therapeutic,  social, service, and community professionals hoping to integrate body-based practices with a trauma informed approach into their existing practice, organizations, and work.


  • Educators, Humanitarian Professionals, and First Responders interested in understanding more about trauma and how it might be affecting those they work with


  • Business Professionals seeking new insights into how to manage from a trauma informed scope and the benefits of doing so


  • Activists, humanitarians and social justice advocates hoping to add somatic awareness, embodied practices and community connection to their social justice and systemic change agendas

Day 1 - 6:00 - 9:00pm

*small breaks throughout

Welcome Ceremony & Circle Agreements
Defining Trauma
Trauma & The Nervous System
Self Care and Ahimsa
Trauma-informed Practice

Day 2 - 9:00am - 6:00pm

*small breaks throughout with 1 hour for lunch

Physiology of Trauma
Systematic Trauma and Social Justice
Mind/Body Connection
Dissociation & Disembodiment to Embodiment
Creating and Holding Safe and Inclusive Spaces

Day 3 - 09.00am - 06.00pm
*small breaks throughout with 1 hour for lunch

Teaching Techniques
Invitational Language
The complications of hands-on assistance
Creating your Trauma-Informed Yoga class
Community Building through yoga
Scope of Practice


This schedule is only applicable for the LIVE trainings. If you are taking this training in a self-paced manor, you will be able to complete this in your own time with support from Amanda & Kirsten.


Equity in Investment - Choosing your tier

We are committed to offering trainings that are of the highest quality, affordable and accessible while striving to keep equity and mutual exchange at the soul of how we serve.   We recognize that we live in systems of inequity and we strive to find ways of finding balance within this. We feel that the deepest engagement and greatest benefit comes when there is a meaningful mutual exchange.  For these reasons, we offer tiered pricing. This is an invitation to reflect on your access to resources and privilege, the value of this work, what you can genuinely afford, and what you might pay for comparable training programs. By committing to what is truly within your means you make it possible for others to show up within theirs and we are all grateful for this.

Find out more about tiered pricing.

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD)


TIER 1: $550 – For those who are financially well-resourced. Reflects the value of the course in Western economic markets.

TIER 2: $450 – For those on medium incomes and access to financial resources.

TIER 3: $375 – For those on low incomes, caring responsibilities and from marginalized communities.

TIER 1: $475 – For those who are financially well-resourced and who are able to contribute to our scholarship fund. Reflects the value of the course in Western economic markets. 

TIER 2: $400 – For those on medium incomes and access to financial resources who also are able to contribute to our scholarship fund. 

TIER 3: $325 – For those on low incomes, caring responsibilities and from marginalized communities.

Payment Plans

Payment plan options are available to best suit you e.g. weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments with full payment completed by the certification date of your training. Payment plans are a binding contract between you and SomaPsych. If payments are not kept up-to-date, you may lose access to your course until payments are back on track. Email Esther at for registration with details of your payment tier, and instalment choice for your plan.

*By purchasing the 20HR Trauma Informed Facilitator Training, you agree to the following terms and conditions regarding refunds and payments.

View Financial Policies Document here; Online, July 2023

View Financial Policies Document here; Wellington, June 2023


Training Dates & Timezones 

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Curious to know how this training can be integrated into your business or community?

SomaPsych offers specifically tailored 20HR Trainings to meet the needs of your business or community space. This training can be scheduled 2 - 3 days during the week or over a weekend, depending on what is best for the majority of participants. 
If you are interested in bringing this training to a space near you, please get in touch to request an information pack. From there we will arrange a call to discuss your needs in order to specifally tailor the training. 

These trainings are offered in partnership with Legacy Motion, a non-profit organization that promotes resilience, empowerment, trauma resolution, psychosocial coexistence, peace and community building through restorative, movement-based practices. Through interrelated projects, Legacy Motion dedicates itself to evaluating, creating and implementing high-quality sustainable programs based on experience and collaborations in the field.

This training meets some of the requirements for certification as a Legacy Motion Facilitator.

About your facilitators;

Amanda Hanna; Director of SomaPsych


Amanda holds over 500 hours in trauma-informed trainings, including social justice and inclusivity. She is a registered Psychology student and holds regular Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings with a large focus on trauma-informed facilitation, neuroscience and mindfulness. 

Amanda’s passion lies in knowing the sacred responsibility facilitators of any space or experience hold. Through her work she helps people discover their power and voice within their offering while ensuring it is done with respect, kindness, informed intention, and evidence-based knowledge.

The intention behind the trauma-informed training is to open a conversation and deepen the understanding of what trauma is, how it manifests differently from person to person, and how we can more bravely hold safer spaces for all. Its heart rests in the knowing that personal restoration is unique to all and we are here to offer tools, techniques, insights, and points of curiosity for you to develop into the facilitator you want to be.

"I completed the 20 HR trauma for safer spaces training and it completely changed the way I operate in my coaching business, in my messaging and with clients. Amanda is an incredible facilitator, so knowledgeable and articulates heady concepts really well, giving real life scenarios that help to contextualise the work. If you are working with other 

humans in a caring or facilitation capacity, I feel a trauma-informed framework is essential and will greatly benefit the work you do, and the outcomes you can achieve with your clients."

- Anna Squelch; Life Coach & Breathwork Facilitator

Continued Education Opportunities 

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