What Facilitators Need to Know About Trauma


Become more “trauma aware” without becoming a therapist so that you can give more effective and safer training.

~2 hours




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Video recording of online workshop

This down-to-earth course is for professional facilitators who’d like to be “trauma aware” without becoming therapists so that they can give more effective and safer training. It is fast-paced, light-hearted and eminently practical. Viewers should be robust and have a sense of humour.


● Learn what trauma is – beyond the hype and politicisation
● Identify the main symptoms and how they show up in the training room
● Discover the impact of trauma on learning
● Find out why and how to do “your work”
● Understand the causes of trauma, and the available treatments
● Get tips on trauma’s impact on trust and student-teacher relationship
● Boundary issues from trauma
● Recognise the five “invisible” mistakes that will cause harm as a facilitator
● Learn about common misunderstandings, and helpful and unhelpful uses of humour
● Understand gatekeeping and referring

About the trainer

As well as a long apprenticeship under Paul Linden, Mark Walsh has a trauma background in conflict areas. Learning about trauma over the last 15 years has dramatically informed how he does all of his training and has enabled him to avoid harming a facilitator.

Mark has dedicated his life to embodied learning. He founded the Embodied Facilitator Course (the UK and Russia), Embodied Yoga Principles, The Embodiment Conference, and Europe’s first embodied business training company – Integration Training. He has taught in 30 countries and made embodiment available online through a YouTube channel with over 14 million hits and on The Embodiment Podcast. He has a degree in psychology, an aikido black belt, and has trained with various body-mind masters and in many approaches, including body psychotherapy, yoga, dance, bodywork and meditation. Past clients have included Unilever, L’Oreal, Virgin Atlantic, Shell, Oxfam, The NHS, Ikea and The House of Lords. He has also worked with peace and trauma projects in Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Brazil, East Africa, and the Sierra Leonian Army.