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Kintsugi Healing:
Trauma Awareness Training



Raise your professionalism and effectiveness to another level by gaining CPD accredited trauma awareness training

Aims of this course

  1. List and explain the rang of terminology and definitions commonly used in relation to trauma and trauma informed practices
  2. Summarise what happens in the brain (limbic system) and body (autonomic nervous system) as a result of traumatic experiences
  3. Describe why individuals often respond very differently after being exposed to similar traumatic experiences
  4. Identify behaviours and responses that might suggest a client has experienced trauma, with or without conscious memory
  5. Outline at least 5 trauma informed interventions that can be applied immediately with a range of clients
  6. illustrate how traditional ‘eastern’ philosophies can be combined with contemporary research findings to create lasting positive change with clients

Kintsugi Healing:
Trauma Awareness Training



Achieve better outcomes for the people you support as a result of using up-to-date, trauma informed, evidence-based strategies

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About Michelle McMaster

BSc(Hons), MRes, MBASW

I am passionate about helping people who are struggling with everyday life, whether through sudden unexpected heartache, or a gradual build up of stresses that can leave people feeling fragile or broken. I have a deep and sensitive understanding of how hard it can be to keep going on a day to day basis, let alone find a way through to a satisfying future.

I have faced my own share of disappointments and heartaches in life, which have of course shaped my own approach to healing from hurt and finding new ways to live. I know that with patience, time and the right support, a new and meaningful future is possible.


I have worked for four decades with children and adults who have experienced grief, loss and trauma as a result of all sorts of circumstances and situations.

For the past 20 years, my particular focus has been on promoting positive mental health, preventing suicide and supporting trauma recovery. I have worked with hundreds of individuals, small groups, teams and organisations during this time, representing numerous backgrounds and all sectors.

Every individual, group and situation presents unique challenges, so my approach is eclectic and draws from extensive training in a wide range of relevant topics. I help people recover in their own way and at their own pace within the context of a safe, supportive, trusted and professional relationship. This approach reflects the core principles of Kintsugi Healing.


I was inspired by the art of Kintsugi a few years ago and travelled to Japan to study with an 83 year old Japanese Master, Showzi Tsukamoto. This experience gave me a deep understanding of how the process of thoughtful repair can be applied to human pain and brokenness. The Master reinforced, eloquently and emotively through his interpreter, how important the principles of Kintsugi are for modern living, emphasising patience, adaptability and human connection.


I have studied applied neuroscience for many years to understand how we can use our brains more effectively to create positive change. I have also trained extensively in a wide range of somatic based approaches that can help improve mental health and support trauma recovery using our nervous systems.

I combined these cutting-edge mind-body sciences and practices, with the ancient traditions and wisdom of Kintsugi, to create Kintsugi Healing as a patient, skillful, effective method for promoting compassionate healing and lasting change.

Michelle is very knowledgeable and leads sessions very well. I would seriously recommend Michelle’s services for anyone considering.

Kintsugi Healing Trauma Awareness Training Workshop

'Principles & Strategies for Delivering Trauma Informed Services’

Achieve better recovery outcomes for the people you support, using up-to-date, trauma informed, evidence-based strategies. This workshop combines the practical application of contemporary neuro-somatic research, with principles drawn from eastern philosophies, and using real life examples shared by people who have recovered effectively after trauma to illustrate key points.

Monday 5th December, 1.30pm-4.30pm
(CPD accreditation available)

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