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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.

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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 

  • How to take a humanistic approach in all that you do

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

  • Protocol and best practices in the field 

  • Invitational language and facilitating choice-making

  • Community building and outreach methods 

  • Trauma stewardship and the importance of self-care 

  • How to create safer, more inclusive and accessible spaces

  • What post-traumatic growth is and how to hold hope as a possibility

  • Embodied social justice and systemic change 

  • Facilitation methods for healthcare practitioners specific to the populations you are walking alongside


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.    

Who is this training for?

Mental Health Practitioners, Community Social Workers, and Psychologists

Professional training for those in the mental health or healthcare industry to incorporate the body and movement-based practices into your offerings and work. This training will allow those working with members of the public to understand the physiology behind trauma and how to work with individuals in a safe manner for all. This training will allow you to understand trauma from a bottom-up approach, allowing us to understand the body and how it is affected during certain circumstances and events (mentally, physically and emotionally).


Yoga Teachers, Body Workers, Coaches

This 20HR training is foundational training, offering you the methods and interventions to instantly cultivate a more trauma-informed approach in your current studio and offerings. For yoga teachers and those in the health & wellness industry, this training will allow you to understand the physiology behind trauma and how to facilitate safe spaces for all.


Human Resource Professionals, Managers, Business Owners

Trauma is an emotional injury that affects who we are, how we show up and how we navigate every part of life. Integrating trauma-informed principles into an organization means operating from a place of understanding trauma, and recognizing the negative effects of the trauma within the organization and in the communities it works within. As a business professional, understanding trauma’s impacts on the workforce, and how to approach organizational processes from a trauma-informed lens, means mitigating the harm that is so often perpetuated through a misunderstanding of human behaviour. It means creating a safe and supportive work environment for all to thrive

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SomaPsych emphasizes embodied intellect throughout this training and creates space for curiosity and exploration. Somatics and psychology intersect by highlighting the relationship between Mind+Body and recognizing the importance of embodied practices and emotional regulation for enhancing trauma-informed practices and offerings.

Becoming a trauma-informed practitioner asks us to continuously practice the ability to regulate our own nervous system, strengthening our ability to healthily fluctuate from calm to distress and back again. The training content and schedule are uniquely designed to equip students with educational tools to promote biological resiliency, self-regulation and resolution, whilst integrating the practical & embodied experience of these tools throughout. 


By learning how to center and regulate ourselves, we build our capacity to not only face individual challenges but we are better equipped to acknowledge the injustices and oppressive systems of our society. As we explore topics such as social justice and systemic change, students are better equipped to hold the multitude of emotions that may arise whilst staying regulated. By doing so, we make room for dialectical thinking and discussion within the group, knowing that we can hold our emotions and stay grounded as we hear the views and perspectives of others. When we can channel whatever emotion we hold in the moment, we can transform it into a force for good, a catalyst for change.

Module 1 

● Welcome Ceremony & Circle Agreements

● Defining Trauma

● ACEs and Attachment Considerations

● Self-Care and Resourcing

● Trauma-Informed Practice

Training Module Outline

Module 2

● Self-Care and Community Care

● Trauma & the Nervous System

● Physiology of Trauma & Triggered Responses

● Mind/Body Connection

● Dissociation & Disembodiment to Embodiment ● Systematic Trauma and Social Justice

Module 3

● Creating and Holding Safer and More Inclusive Spaces

● Grounding & Resourcing Techniques for Practitioners & Tangata Whai Ora

● Invitational Language

● Workshop - Challenges You Face

● Threat Response & Self-Regulation for Co-Regulation

● Community Building & Scope of Practice


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


In addition to tiered pricing, we provide scholarships with the aim of contributing to more equity in access to trauma-informed trainings for underrepresented minorities (e.g. refugee/asylum seeker, LGBQTIA+, low socio-economic background, person with a disability). We aim to contribute to a more inclusive culture in who has access to holding and entering these spaces. Specifically, we would love to support individuals with a vision to use this opportunity to provide access to these spaces for minority groups / their community. For this training, partial scholarships of 50% off tuition are available.

** Auckland  scholarship registration is now closed. 

We’d love to hear from you via this application form.


Training Location & Dates

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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. We offer flexible scheduling for most training sessions, ranging from a half-day (3 hours) to 3 days (20 hours) depending on your goals and needs. We will work with you to determine what you hope to achieve for your team and organization and tailor the content accordingly to fit within the ideal timeframe.

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About your facilitator

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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