ADVANCED LEVEL 2
Facilitator training and healing activist certification program
This is a training for healing practitioners and community activists to learn the core principles of a group-based model for trauma recovery, resilience, and transformation.
This training is based on a "community access" model to trauma recovery that believes that everyone has the capacity to heal oneself and others. It blends together several healing modalities: somatic awareness, mindfulness, creative arts, and social rehabilitation - together with the healing wisdom that lies within each one of us.
About the Program
This is a certification program for Level 1 graduates who are ready to step into their power as healing activists and learn the skills necessary to lead healing trainings around the world, with the support of Global Gratitude Alliance (GGA) .
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The program comprises live workshops, mentoring and coaching, and local and global internship practicums where participants will co-facilitate a trauma healing training with a GGA partner.
Each participant will receive fundraising coaching and is challenged to activate their community to raise support to bring trauma healing programs to communities around the world.
Following successful certification, participants will be ready to co-lead future trainings.
In this program, you will:
These sessions equip participants with the knowledge needed to step into the role of healing activist, with reading and reflection assignments complementing each module. Sessions may be 1:1 or in small groups.
Self and Community Learning Modules
We use live gatherings, group video calls, email, and 1:1 coaching to facilitate peer learning. Cohort participants will select topics for the group to discuss together. Additional, required modules from GGA include:
Each participant is required to co-facilitate up to two Level 1 workshops, depending on facilitation experience and readiness. At least one must take place before the global practicum. Practicum includes live coaching and feedback from a Lead Facilitator.
Each participant will co-facilitate a training with a GGA partner. Level 2 activists will be paired together, ensuring that both a clinician and a community activist are present at each global practicum. Pairings are determined by GGA based on global partner needs with consideration for activists' backgrounds, experience, and general fit for each project. Practicum includes live coaching and feedback from a Lead Facilitator.
Upcoming projects and community (subject to change):
Note: Activists may choose to forego the global project and focus on local trainings (Level 1 or others) instead.
All participants are challenged to fundraise $5,000 to support global and local trauma healing projects. 100% of funds must be raised prior to the global practicum. We will coach and support all participants through the fundraising process.
Note: GGA does not reimburse participants for event costs such as venue rental and supplies. We strongly encourage activists to seek in-kind donations for events.
Non-clinicians may be required to attend additional training courses on trauma and somatic healing. We will recommend courses with external training vendors.
Activists may also be required to supplement their preparation with group facilitation training.
Pre-Requisites & Other Requirements
This is an advanced level program. We accept both clinicians and community activists.
Applicants must be certified in Level 1 and have:
Trauma Specific Knowledge: For applicants with clinical backgrounds, experience should include somatic healing modalities; Hakomi, Expressive Arts Therapy, SE, Generative Somatics, Trauma and Mindfulness.
Non-clinicians will be asked to supplement learning with additional courses and should have 3-5 years experience working with trauma survivors.
Community Activism Experience: For applicants with community activism backgrounds, experience must include working specifically with underserved communities, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, sexual violence survivors, LGBTQ, or other minority groups.
Group Facilitation: Extensive group facilitation experience, including sizes up to 30 people. It is helpful if you have had both a combination of teaching and therapeutic group work experience.
Cultural Competency: Global travel experience, including to non-Western countries (the Global South).
Personal Journey: Ready to embrace own story of trauma and healing, has awareness of
own triggers, and has made the transition from “survivor” to “empowered leader”.
Ongoing Support: Must be supported through outside counseling, coaching, or therapy.
2018 Cohort: $500 Program Cost (payable in installments within 12 months)
Fundraising: $5,000 to be raised through the activists' communities, as a direct donation, or a combination of both. Total must be raised prior to practicum.
Participants' must serve in global / local practicums on a voluntary basis (pro bono). They will not be paid for their time.
The majority of travel costs for global projects are subsidized by GGA. Activists are responsible for certain out-of-pocket costs, such as the cost of vaccinations, pre-travel medical care, additional travel costs if they choose to stay longer, etc.
Other Important Info
This training is designed to train professionals in helping clients deal with traumas and is not designed to diagnose or treat individual psychological issues or serve in a personal therapy capacity.
Due to the depth of the work, personal traumas may be activated. All trainees must be committed to their own healing journey and are strongly advised to receive outside counseling and/or coaching support.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Step 1: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss program and readiness
Step 2: Complete online application
Step 3: Interview with GGA