HAI Standards

Rituals for Recovery’s Standards set the ethical and educational framework for TRMBW™ & SEL teachers, practitioners, trainers, and coaches to ensure high quality, trauma informed, safe, accessible, and equitable TRMBW™ & SEL practices in communities around the world.

The (RfR) Rituals for Recovery  (HAI) Healing Arts Institute and Trauma Resource Center  Code of Ethics

Our Creed for Success is woven throughout the HAI Code of Conduct and Scope of Practice.

It’s built into the core curriculum and is now at the heart of our standards. It will be reflected in the RfR HAI communities of practice requirements as well as initial accountability processes. Beginning April 1, 2023, all Healing Arts Institute members—whether a TRMBW™ & SEL Somatic Healing Teacher (CSHT), TRMBW™ Master Trainer (CMT) or a TRMBW™ Coach & Brave Space Facilitator new or renewing—will abide by an Ethical Code & Commitment, designed to unify members around shared principles and to foster safe and respectful guidelines for both the TRMBW™ Communities of Practice and the RfR Method of Sequencing. This will assure the practicing public that RfR Healing Arts Institute student members maintain a high level of teaching ability and accountability.

Soon, the tenets of the Ethical Code and Commitment will be reflected in the TRMBW™  Master Trainer, and Coach Certification trainings we’re developing alongside experts and leaders in the field of trauma recovery. This shared Ethical Code and Commitment supports Rituals for Recovery™’s Healing Arts Institute and Trauma Resource Center™ credentials as markers of high quality, trauma informed, safe, accessible, and equitable TRMBW™ practice of teaching. In addition, this requirement (upon registration or renewal) elevates the public’s understanding of the trauma informed healing arts profession and signals to this public the commitment RfR’s HAI members have made to building a community for all.

The Ethical Commitment consists of three elements: an updated Code of Conduct, a new Scope of Practice, and a responsibility to Trauma Informed Practice and Community Responsive Care. 

Code of Conduct

The updated Code outlines proper behaviour within TRMBW™ programs, classes, and other offerings, such as active inclusion, respect for student-teacher relationships, consent-based touch, and honesty and empathy in communications.

Scope of Practice

This Scope clearly defines the role of a TRMBW™ educator, teacher, practitioner, trainer, or coach including responsibilities, limitations, and boundaries, such as advising and teaching according to credentials, experience, or abilities.

Trauma Informed Practice & Community Responsive Care

This shared responsibility of a deeper understanding of trauma and inequities in the community and how they can result in exclusion and isolation, helps us collectively, build brave spaces and communities that heal together. 

All members, whether new or renewing students, or associates will sign onto the Ethical Commitment during the program or member registration or the next renewal process. In addition to the Ethical Commitment, all members are asked to agree to RfR’s Policies. We believe that everyone should be free to practice TRMBW™ & SEL safely and equitably and that accountability measures are essential to securing these rights.

RfR’s Accountability Department handles grievances, inquiries, and concerns about our members and potential violations of our Code of Conduct, Scope of Practice, and Standards. 


Rituals for Recovery™ and the Healing Arts Institute & Trauma Resource Center’s™ mission is to strengthen communities and support recovery through trauma informed practices, training, and quality integrated care. We are committed to combating complex trauma and the stigma and suffering that result from it.

As a learning organization, we strive for excellence and create programs with impact including leading awareness and prevention programs and continually building and sharing our knowledge of trauma-responsive care. We are committed to providing a healing space for our community to achieve a life of wellness and wholeness, helping survivors heal from complex trauma and stopping the cycle of transmission!

We envision a trauma informed world where healing and hope for a future in which equality, justice, inclusion, and harmony are the new normal for all.

The Rituals for Recovery  Healing Arts Institute (HAI) and Trauma Resource Center  is an online wellness studio comprised of a trauma informed network of holistic healing arts and health professionals, who have been trained in the latest emerging best practices and approaches in trauma-responsive community care. The purpose of the Code and the overall Ethical Commitment is to foster safe and respectful guidelines for the profession of healing arts and TRMBW™& SEL teachers, practitioners, coaches, and trainers and to ensure that RfR HAI members maintain a high level of teaching ability and accountability.

By defining and requiring high standards of professional and ethical conduct, Rituals for Recovery™ seeks to promote confidence and respect for members throughout communities and the public at large.

This includes: (a) broadening the public understanding of the role of the TRMBW™ & SEL Somatic Healing Certified Teachers, Practitioners, Master Trainers & Coaches; (b) ensuring and upholding professional behaviour within the RfR HAI community; (c) developing and encouraging high standards of professional conduct; and (d) promoting and protecting the interests of the healing arts profession of TRMBW™ teaching and of the RfR HAI members we serve.

The Code of Conduct applies to every RfR HAI member. It sets out acceptable, recommended, required, and prohibited professional and ethical behaviours by which members agree to conduct themselves and is based upon core values intrinsic to the practice of TRMBW™ & SEL. The Code is an integral part of the overall Ethical Commitment to which a member must accept, along with RfR’s HAI Scope of Practice, Position on TI Community Responsive Care, and all other RfR HAI policies. In addition to the creation of relevant and useful tools and resources, RfR HAI will also host trauma talks, communities of practice and member conversations about the changes to the Code of Conduct. These dialogues will help to increase shared accountability amongst this voluntary community and advance our goal of fostering high quality, safe, accessible, and TRMBW™ & SEL teaching.

The SOP applies to every RfR HAI member and associate and provides a clear, responsible, and non-lineage-specific description of TRMBW™ & SEL teaching, practice standards, and professional responsibilities for all RfR HAI members. The SOP sets out acceptable, recommended, required, and prohibited practices by which members agree to conduct themselves, and members must adhere to the SOP while teaching TRMBW™ & SEL. It is based upon core values intrinsic to trauma informed practice and community responsive care. Trauma Informed communities of responsive care create space for a fair distribution of resources, support, and opportunities amongst diverse populations and communities, allowing for the opportunity to teach, practice, and study TRMBW™ safely, without harm or judgment. By focusing on equitable trauma responsive care, we can center our work around facilitating change in the areas of trauma recovery, accessibility, and inclusivity. This emphasis on equitable education and care aligns with our hopes for everyone to have access to resources and support as well as recognizes that there will be distinct work required to ensure all communities are able to leverage opportunities across the training, teaching, business, and practice of TRMBW™ & SEL. This will be reflected in the updated Code of Conduct and new Scope of Practice and our enhanced attention to complex trauma prevention, stigma erasing, ending gender-based violence, anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, explicit and informed consent, and active inclusion, amongst other key points. It is evident in the TRMBW™ & SEL Somatic Healing Teacher, Master Trainer, Coach & Brave Space Facilitator programming being developed alongside experts and leaders in the field of trauma recovery. Continuing Education credit courses for all members will also be ahead of these standards.

The Rituals for Recovery  Standards for students, members and associates do not credential trauma or somatic treatment or therapy techniques, including the diagnosis or treatment of a mental or physical injury or illness. Rituals for Recovery Certified TRMBW™ graduating students may not rely solely on or use their CSHT, CMT, or Coach Designations to present themselves as qualified to work as a “trauma or somatic therapist” or to provide trauma treatment or train others in “trauma or somatic therapy” methods. This does not mean that members cannot advertise ‘therapy’ or “treatment” services or techniques if they hold supporting credentials.

Rituals for Recovery  considers “trauma or somatic therapy” references to include the terms “trauma or somatic therapy,” “trauma or somatic therapist,” or any claim to provide trauma or somatic related training or instruction designed to diagnose or treat mental or physical health conditions, injuries, or illnesses. Rituals for Recovery ’s Scope of Practice includes the following commitment, binding on all registrants: Principle 5 prohibits members from advising or teaching in areas where the Member does not have appropriate credentials and competence.