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Saturday, November 12, 2022
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EUR 775 €


Course Description

Trauma-Informed Recovery Coaching

November 12, 19-20

3-Day Workshop

10:00 - 17:00 Central European Standard Time (Paris)
09:00 - 16:00 London Time


Trauma is appropriately and increasingly in “fashion” in the addiction treatment industry.



Trauma is the Greek word for wound -  a sizeable “shoe-box”

One misleading terminology fitting all sizes



Addicts present Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) scores of 6.8/10 vs. 1.7/10 of the control standard population

Individuals with PTSD were 2 to 4 times more likely than individuals without PTSD to meet criteria for a SUD



Many caretakers talk about it before having thought about it, and learned about it. They may have the best intentions in the world, but could incur potential risks for both the client and themselves


Goals for our Trauma-Informed Recovery Coaching course:

  1. Understanding what is inside the trauma “shoe-box”
  2. Linking and sequencing the “trauma-addiction-trauma” negative feedback loop
  3. From reliving to revealing: Invitational narrative process and holding a safe space for the client’s story-telling
  4. Symptom detection and trigger recognition: the zebra-tiger (both stripy)
  5. How to handle trauma-informed process inside the recovery coaching process and when to stop
  6. How to keep ourselves(practitioners) safe: being aware of secondary PTSD


  1. Theoretical background and Q&A
  2. Case study & discussion
  3. Experiential and role-playing exercise in pairs & debrief

A word about Christophe Sauerwein 

Christophe has been on his journey of recovery from multiple addictions and family of origin relational trauma since 1999.  After a 17-year career in investment banking and private equity, Christophe turned his life over and became a leading therapist in addiction, relational childhood trauma and dysfunctional relationships. Christophe holds an MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling and is fully qualified in Childhood Trauma Reduction therapy (PIT/Pia Mellody model), Sex Addiction (Paula Hall model) and Attachment and Relationship disorders (Pia Mellody model).

Christophe is also co-founder of ICAAD, the International Conference on Addiction and Associated Disorders, the largest European conference in the field. Christophe has a strong interest in academics knowledge, pursuing his own personal research.

Please be aware:

This workshop will address profound and deep topics, both theoretically and experientially.

We will have to explore together the darkest tunnels of human pain for your better understanding and tool acquisition around trauma.


The language used to address the nature of trauma will usually be explicit, and we will explore this during the course. Clients may be graphic when describing their trauma, and we as practitioners need to be at ease when listening to them.


There will be triggers originating from presented cases and examples and/or from your personal life experiences.  Please have BOTH your external and internal boundary systems in place at all times, and remember: this is not about you, it is about learning how to help and hold safe spaces for incredibly brave survivors, graduates from fear, pain and shame - your clients.


Don’t hold back any triggering moments you may experience, just notice them and bring them back to the closing session at the end of each day for sharing and processing.

Throughout the course, please ensure you have individual support in place in case you need further help.

Teachers / Speakers

Christophe Sauerwein
Instructor - Trauma Informed for Recovery Coaches