Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Live Video
Online Content
Online Quiz
CEC Credits: ACE 0.1 CECs , ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine 1.0 CECs

Help clients feel safe through movement 

The National Council for Behavioral Health estimates that 70% of adults in the U.S.A. have experienced some type of trauma-related event at least once in their lives. And more than two-thirds of children have reported at least one traumatic event by age 16. While we may not know the exact cause of someone’s trauma or all the specifics they experience, we, as certified health and fitness professionals, can understand how to better interact, support, and assist people in their healing process.

In this panel discussion, experts in the areas of trauma and trauma-informed fitness techniques address the impact of death, accidents, and other traumatic life events, how that may show up in client relationships, and how you can create positive interactions. For some clients, simply being in the fitness space may be a traumatic or triggering event. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to mitigate difficult scenarios while remaining within your scope of practice and maintaining a supportive relationship with your clients.

Meet the panel:

Mariah Rooney, MSW, LICSW, Co-Founder/Co-Director of Trauma Informed Weight Lifting

Mariah’s writing and research have explored trauma-informed approaches to weight lifting, posttraumatic outcomes among combat veterans with histories of interpersonal violence, and trauma-sensitive education. 

Chelsea Haverly, LCSW-C, Creative Director of Hope Ignited, Co-Founder of Anchored Hope Therapy, LLC, clinical social worker and certified Victim Assistant Specialist, III through the State of Maryland

Chelsea specializes in trauma-informed organizational change management, creating safe and secure work environments, and managing complex change at the personal, professional and interpersonal levels to mitigate burnout. 

Bill Brown, C-IAYT, Executive Director of Prison Yoga Project (PYP)

Bill oversees PYP, a non-profit organization that supports trauma healing and resilience building for people impacted by the criminal justice system, including incarcerated people, staff, and their friends and families, through yoga and embodied mindfulness practices. 

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand what trauma is and how it may manifest in clients within a fitness space
  • Recognize different types of common trauma responses
  • Explore trauma-informed approaches for your client sessions while remaining within your scope of practice
  • Consider more inclusive fitness approaches to support all clients on their fitness journeys

CEC Credits

Approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine
1.0 CECs

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637


As someone with personal struggles due to trauma, I found this course helpful. It's not complicated and I felt like I understood the approaches well enough to finish the quiz accurately. I definitely hope to extend help to others who have dealt with trauma like I have.

Creating a safe space for people to process whatever comes up seems to be something that is vital as Personal Trainers, yet the topic of Trauma has remained in the shadows...until we start speaking about it. Thank You for offering this valuable course. There is so much to learn from these highly trained presenters who clearly are very needed to dispel myths while opening the conversation of Resilience, of the complexities, multifactorial experiences and more and more. So Very powerful

I loved this so much as a trainer myself. The panel did a great job discussing matters around trauma and how to go about these things in a professional way. I am a huge mental health advocate and would enjoy a part 2 discussing more in depth around trauma informed approaches.