Webinar: Recognizing and Addressing Trauma When Coaching Clients

June 21, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

We live in a world in which it is impossible to escape exposure to trauma. We watch as trauma plays out across the world stage with wars and the global pandemic. We see it in acts of racial violence and oppression. We find it woven into families, reaching across generations. We experience it in the workplace as bullying, discrimination, microaggressions, and inequalities based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and more. Trauma, in its many obvious or more subtle forms, either directly or indirectly, lines our path from childhood to adulthood.

With this in mind, it’s worth noting that the impacts of trauma can influence the lives of our clients (and ourselves) in a myriad of ways, both professionally and personally. The manifestations of trauma can show up in and shape a person’s (client and coach, alike)  belief system, thoughts, behaviors/actions, and outcomes for just about anything. These manifestations of trauma can impact relationship dynamics at work and at home, may determine the choice for pursuing (or not) new opportunities and the achieving (or sabotaging) of goals, and the expressing of and advocating for one’s needs, wants, and desires or the silencing of them. And, the list certainly does not end there.

Of course, as coaches, we’ve been taught that there is a difference between coaching and therapy. Most coaches hear the word “trauma,” and place that squarely within the purview of the therapist. However, there are times—simply because our clients are human beings—that trauma will enter into the coaching space. As such, it behooves us, for the sake of our clients as well as for ourselves, to have some basic awareness and recognition of trauma, and consider what to do when it shows up in a session.  

In this presentation, you will...

  1. Learn how to define trauma.
  2. Recognize various ways trauma may show up when coaching clients, and whether or not addressing it in the coaching is appropriate.
  3. Understand the importance of recognizing and addressing your own trauma as a coach.
  4. Discover simple methods you can use to help manage a client who may show signs of trauma during a coaching session.

Presenter: Melissa Hankins

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Photo of Dr. Melissa HankinsMelissa Hankins, MD is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, certified executive coach, and trauma-informed Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping) practitioner. She is committed to helping others understand the impacts that early childhood experiences (including experiences that may or may not be considered traumatic in the traditional sense) have in the shaping of their thought and behavior patterns and the subsequent results in their adult lives. She is also dedicated to teaching them how to shift these patterns to create more desirable outcomes in their professional and personal lives.

Dr Hankins is the founder and CEO of Melissa Hankins Coaching, where she coaches physicians and other high-performers who may “look great on the outside” but are struggling on the inside. Her clients typically struggle with burnout, perfectionism, workaholism, and “trying to do all the things” and feeling completely overwhelmed in the process while doing their best not to show it. She supports her clients in identifying and releasing the limiting beliefs and patterns of behavior that no longer serve them, helping them rediscover and reconnect to their authentic self as they move forward to create the life and lifestyle they truly desire to live, both inside and outside of work.

Dr Melissa Hankins received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, then went on to attend Boston University School of Medicine for medical school. She attended Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program in Boston MA to complete her psychiatry residency, and went on to work in various clinical settings, holding roles as leader for outpatient teams and Medical Director of an Adult Partial Hospital. In addition, Dr Hankins was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Board of Registration of Medicine, an appointment she held for two terms.

Dr Hankins obtained her executive coach certification from the Graduate Executive Coaching Program led by Dr Lew Stern at William James College in Boston MA. She has received extensive training (including that which focuses on trauma) over the past decade in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping), and is completing her certification through EFT International, the largest accredited EFT organization in the world.

In addition to individual and group coaching, Dr Hankins has led interactive workshops and spoken to healthcare organizations and corporations, including at those at Weill-Cornell Medical, Stanford Medical School, University of California-Davis (June 2022), and Microsoft, as well as appeared on numerous podcasts discussing issues related to burnout, stress, trauma as physicians, perfectionism, emotional intelligence, and mindset.

Dr Melissa Hankins can be reached via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/melissahankinsmd, or email her at Hello@MelissaHankinsCoaching.com.