Oxford Brookes Business School

Trauma-Responsive Coaching: A Powerful Paradigm for Transformational Engagement

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


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The coaching industry has overfocused on differentiating therapy from coaching. This well-placed concern with professional integrity and scope-of-practice has served to create limitations and barriers. Essential learning occurs as clients move through adversity, and integration of the lessons that exist within the pain – the intratraumatic growth that clients can experience – has been curtailed by this hesitation.

Many of the typical motivators for seeking coaching are the consequence of unmitigated primary and secondary trauma. Clients are best served by coaches who understand the universality of trauma, recognize activation when it presents, and are practiced in the creation of psychological safety and skilled, trauma-responsive communication.


Dr Kemia Sarraf

Dr. Kemia Sarraf (or “Dr. K” as she is most often known) completed her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and her residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. The arc of her 2+ decade career has included medical practice, public health programming and development, nonprofit leadership, multiple board positions in both the public and private sector, DEI and trauma-mitigation work in medical education, and private business ownership.

Dr. K is the CEO of Lodestar Consulting & Executive Coaching. Her group provides subspecialty coaching for physicians at crossroads or crisis, culture-change consultation in healthcare and other institutions, and offers the only ICF accredited trauma-responsive master coach training program in the U.S. Additionally, Dr. K serves as adjunct faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and nationally as faculty director in Trauma-Mitigation for the ACGME Equity Matters initiative.

Kemia is an authentic, compelling storyteller, a powerful keynote speaker, and the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership, work, vision, and communication. She and her physician-husband have been married for more than twenty years, and the two live on a small working farm in Central Illinois with their four sons and "too many critters to count."

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How to attend:

The session will start at 5.00 pm and will finish at 6.30 pm.
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