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Trauma-Informed Leadership

For Compassionate Initiatives, NGOs and Aid Organizations

May - September 2022



If everybody looks through broken glass, then together, we are looking at a world that looks broken. When I notice my crack in my window, and you notice yours, and we start healing our cracks, then we begin to look at the world through clear glass. And that's what trauma healing does. It starts unifying the world.  

~ Thomas Hübl


Course begins on May 24th; 10 modules ending on September 13th.


As leaders, we are called to raise our awareness of the multifaceted nature of trauma and understand its impact on us, our teams, and our work within our organisations and compassionate initiatives.

The Pocket Project, in partnership with the Charter for Compassion, is offering this 6-month course to develop trauma-informed awareness and strengthen our sources of resilience and sensitivity with the aim of opening up to an increased flow of information, creativity and impact.

This course will allow us to expand our awareness of our lives, our organizations and our relationship to the world to include movements that take place below the surface and give rise to our every-day experience. We often wish to free ourselves from recurring patterns of friction and find ways to express our love and service more genuinely and effectively. Instead of being caught in the symptoms, we aim to acquire the ability to turn our gaze to the unseen layers and trace back the lines of creation to their origins so that we become more able to integrate the past, fulfil our potential and create new opportunities and possibilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Tools for the cultivation of presence, resilience and spaciousness -nurturing self-growth and compassion
  • Tools and frameworks to refine our leadership and cultivate trauma-informed guidelines and practices
  • Willingness to engage with 'difficulties' as the way, rather than in the way -cultivating curiosity and catalysing latent intelligence
  • Ability to engage more skillfully with team and community challenges, including the ability to recognize and respond more adequately to symptoms of stress and trauma
  • Increased capacity for relational and systems sensing -the ability to meet the communities, organisations and environments we serve with a higher level of response-ability


Programme Outline

Find your local times for the following modules.


MODULE 1: Leading in Times of Complexity

Tue 24 May - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 - 21.00 CET (Thomas Hübl) 

  • Exploring the nature of individual, ancestral and collective resilience and trauma 
  • Reflecting on the nature of crisis and our purpose as leaders 
  • Learning about vision and engagement as two core activities of leaders


MODULE 2: Leadership & Personal Resilience

Tue 31 May - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 -21.00 CET (Thomas Hübl)

  • Accessing our sources of resilience to lead from a place of clarity and compassion in times of crisis
  • Reflecting on the nature of personal trauma and how our inner work builds a solid foundation for our outer work 
  • Understanding how the qualities of vulnerability and strength can combine in our leadership


MODULE 3: Basic Competencies for Resourcing & Trauma

Tue 7 June - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 -21.00 CET (Kosha Joubert) 

  • How can we shift from exhaustion to renewal in our service to the world? 
  • Gathering our toolkit of basic competencies for inner resilience, resourcing and trauma recognition 
  • Exploring topics of self-care and group coherence


MODULE 4: Leadership & Organizational Resilience

Tue 21 June - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 - 21.00 CET (Thomas Hübl) 

  • Looking at the past and acknowledging what happened to your organization that was traumatizing
  • How can rapid learning loops be initiated that help the organization to move towards trauma sensitivity and trauma integration? 
  • What is needed for a process of integration and restoration that leads to ongoing organizational resilience?


MODULE 5: Leadership & Team Resilience

Tue 5 July - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 - 21.00 CET (Jens Riese) 

  • Accessing sources of resilience for teams
  • Expanding our capacity for trauma recognition and trauma-informed collaboration within our teams
  • Exploring the significance of our influence as a leaders


MODULE 6: Leadership & Collective Resilience

Tue 12 July - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 - 21.00 CET (Thomas Hübl)

  • Acknowledging the larger cultural and historical dynamics of collective resilience and trauma which your organisation is working within 
  • Assessing the effects of the fields of trauma that you are addressing as an organization on your team and structures 
  • Strengthening your contribution towards societal and cultural trauma sensitivity and trauma integration


MODULE 7: Racialized Trauma & Team Resilience

Tue 26 July - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 -21.00 CET (Karen Simms) 

  • Exploring the signs and symptoms of racialized trauma and how it impacts a culture 
  • Adopting essential elements to respond to those impacted by racialized trauma and avoid further traumatization 
  • Understanding how to identify and embrace cultural diversity as a strength to foster and build


MODULE 8: Leading from the Future

Tue 16 Aug - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 -21.00 CET (Robin Alfred) 

  • What is the nature of the future and how might it resource us for our journey? 
  • How can we create the inner conditions and outer practices to distinguish the whisper of the future from the habits of the past? 
  • How can we innovate as individuals, teams and organizations?


MODULE 9: Cultivating a Healing Architecture

Tue 13 Sept - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT/19:00 -21.00 CET (Thomas Hübl)

  • Contextualising 'Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practice' for communities and organizations
  • Adopting essential elements to respond to those impacted by trauma and avoid further traumatisation 
  • Understanding how to identify and embrace cultural diversity as a strength to foster and build


ALSO: 3 Integration Sessions & 2 Sessions in Affinity Groups

  • + 3 INTEGRATION SESSIONS – 2 AUG, 23 AUG, 6 SEPT – 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST/19:00-21:00 CET



All sessions will consist of a live session, framed by a space for questions, insights, practice and 'homework'.

Working Groups can be set up to meet regularly and to deepen the experience and integration of the course.



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