What Is Forward-Facing® Anyway?

by | Nov 17, 2020

What comes up when you hear the term “Forward-Facing®”?

A quick Google search shows us that the most common perception of “forward-facing” is an option for installing a car seat. But Forward-Facing® is different; it is both a concept and a way of life that is transforming thousands of lives, from the blue-collar worker, to the complex trauma survivor, to the high-performance executive.

Forward-Facing® appeals to what connects us as humans – our stories. Each of us has a story. And everyone’s story involves pain. That pain can show up like an unwanted visitor, pounding on our door when we least expect it. Our default as humans is to react to that pain through avoidance (turning all the lights off and hiding in a back room) or aggression (yelling at the visitor to leave). Millions of us become victims to our environment, allowing the unpredictable visitor to determine the quality of our lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Self-Regulation and Intentionality

Forward-Facing® layers skills that restore our sense of safety and instill hope through the union of Self-Regulation and Intentionality. When we learn how to change the ways our bodies respond to perceived threat, we gain a sense of agency and hope, for many of us the first time in our lives! No longer do we react to that pounding on the door; we notice it, reflect on our intention, and chose our response.


Want more information on Forward-Facing®?

Eric Gentry Ph.D., LMHC, D.A.A.E.T.S.

Eric Gentry Ph.D., LMHC, D.A.A.E.T.S.

To learn more, check out Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy or Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience by Dr. J. Eric Gentry, both available as Udemy courses. Please note CEs are not available with the Udemy courses.

Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy and Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience are also available in book format.


Participants who successfully complete a Forward-Facing® training are eligible to pursue credentialing as a Registered Forward-Facing™ Practitioner.

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