Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between Trauma-Informed Yoga and Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga?
Unlike TCTSY, which follows a very specific protocol and is considered a distinct yoga style, Trauma-Informed Yoga teaches additional principles and practices that can be integrated into a yoga teacher’s existing yoga style(s) in order to make mainstream yoga safer for trauma survivors. Trauma-Informed Yoga also draws extensively from Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory model, as well as principles drawn from other trauma and attachment neuroscience experts, to help yoga teachers understand why some postures, movements, breath and mindfulness practices may be triggering. These trauma models provide helpful, practical tools, principles and frameworks that are not taught in TCTSY and that align with many principles taught in Yoga Therapy and in the ancient texts, thereby providing a comprehensive and nuanced integration of Eastern and Western traditions. The Trauma-Informed Yoga Training also emphasizes yoga teacher therapeutic presence, self-regulation and self-care and offers equal parts professional development and personal growth. Finally, the Trauma-Informed Yoga Training has applications and relevance for mindfulness and meditation instructors, but unlike TCTSY is only open to therapists who have completed yoga teacher training.
I’m not a yoga teacher, but would like to attend, and my friend is partway through her yoga teacher training and is also interested in coming. May we register?
Is your training registered for Continuing Education credits?
The Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Training has been pre-approved for continuing education credits with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Participants receive a certificate of participation with the number of training hours included, which can be submitted to other professional bodies for consideration for CE credits. Professional associations often allow members to submit applications about trainings completed to be considered for CE credit, so be sure to look into your organization’s procedures.
I am interested in bringing the training to my area. Are you willing to travel?
What does this training “certify” me to do?
The Trauma-Informed Yoga Training and Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Training are not considered to be certifications. We concur with and follow Canadian and international best standards on certification (International Standard ISO/IEC 17024) that, to enhance credibility and protect the best interest of training participants and their students, certification should come from independent and nationally recognized professional associations, and not from the organization(s) or individual(s) providing the training.
Furthermore, it is not ethically or logistically possible for us to fully assess or guarantee that a particular participant has integrated the material in their professional practice to any degree of proficiency without a more formal and in-depth on-site evaluation, personal mentoring process, and continuing education “refresher” requirements, which are within the purview of a professional association to administer. As a result, we discourage participants from claiming they have completed a “certification” in trauma-informed yoga or trauma-informed mindfulness following attendance at our trainings. However, certificates of attendance will be provided after each level, and you are welcome to let prospective students know that you have completed training in trauma-informed yoga/mindfulness.
Do you offer a “train the trainer” program?
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