Dr. Eric Gentry, one of the world’s most respected trauma therapists, has said for years that 80% of what he does with his clients can be done by a paraprofessional. 

In 2020, he and Jenny Brackman spent a year synthesizing that 80% into a standardized coaching protocol.

Now we have coaches across the world, helping their clients experience a degree of post-traumatic growth they never thought possible




Our training program is unlike any other when it comes to trauma-informed coaching.


There are a lot of certification programs out there. Most certify knowledge. We’re different. We certify competency. We stand behind you and provide ongoing support and mentorship.



We don’t put a bunch of you into a zoom room and call that “live time.” Instead, we let you learn at your own pace initially so that we can prioritize one-on-one learning and application directly with us during your practicum.

Our Core Pathway

Competency means you’ve experienced the transformation of Forward-Facing® in your own life and know how to facilitate it with others. As you train, you get to go through everything potential clients will experience with you – and you get all the benefits they will. 


Level 1 - Alumni

Take Forward-Facing M(y) E(xperience)

Practice Forward-Facing® skills during everyday life then share your experiences in a group setting.

Get accountability, structure and clarification as you incorporate Forward-Facing into your life for 7 weeks.

Completion of FFME is required before beginning the certification program.

Level 2 - Advanced Alumni

Get personal coaching while you take two courses online at your own pace.


 – Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy

– Trauma Competency


-Forward-Facing Freedom (LIVE)

-Posttraumatic Growth Specialist

Level 3 - Certified Coach Training

Take Art and Science of Forward-Facing Coaching

Complete practicum with an assigned partner while receiving mentor coaching from a certified Forward-Facing consultant.

This Level requires completion of Levels 1 and 2 in order to receive an application

Level 4 - Certified Consultant Training

Get direct training with Dr. Gentry on how to present the Forward-Facing Freedom workshop to groups and organizations.

This Level requires completion of all other levels in order to sign up. 

Who can become a Forward-Facing® Health and Wellness Coach?

Both licensed and non-licensed professionals can become a Forward-Facing® Health and Wellness Coach. 

  • mental health professionals
  • nurses
  • physicians
  • licensed addiction professionals
  • chaplains
  • life coaches
  • case managers
  • faith leaders
  • non-licensed addiction counselors

    and many other professions can benefit from Forward-Facing certification.


Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with this certification?

A Level 3 coaching credential authorizes you to provide one-on-one Forward-Facing® Health and Wellness Coaching. You can use this evidence-based step by step protocol to build a practice that transforms peoples’ painful past learning into an intentional and meaningful life.

A Level 4 consultant credential allows you to offer workshops as part of your practice. 

Is this an evidence-based training?

Yes! 20 years of research and practice have gone into developing Forward-Facing®. If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Gentry, the traumatologist who created this approach you can find out more here. 

How much does this program cost?

Each level is paid for separately.

Level 1 – $300

Level 2 – $1000

Level 3 – $2500

Level 4 – $2000

Do you take payment plans?

Yes! We can work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget. Please contact mollie@forward-facing.com to make arrangements. 

What dates should I set aside for this?

This training course is simultaneously self-paced and live with individualized attention. Most scheduling you’ll need to work out with a consultant and your partner on an individual level.

However, the dates you should keep in mind for your initial training would be:

For all candidates:

– The next FFME

For non-licensed professionals:

– The next Forward-Facing Freedom workshop

Get a detailed core pathway doc here. 
Get the Academic Calendar for 2024 here. 

How do I get started?

Enroll in FFME and/or sign up for a Level 2 package. Both need to be complete in order to apply for Level 3 coach training, but it doesn’t matter which order you complete them in. Successful completion of FFME is the entry for all training programs with Forward-Facing Institute.

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