TRMBW™ & SEL Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice Introduction

Rituals for Recovery’s™ Scope of Practice (SOP) applies to every Rituals for Recovery Member. The SOP provides a clear, responsible, and specific description of TRMBW™ teaching, practice standards, and professional responsibilities for all Rituals for Recovery’s Members  of any kind (now known or unknown), including the Rituals for Recovery  Certified TRMBW™ Somatic Healing Teacher (CSHT™), Master Trainer (CMT™), Coach and others. The SOP sets out acceptable, recommended, required, and prohibited practices by which Members agree to conduct themselves. The Member must adhere to the SOP while teaching the RfR Method of TRMBW™. It is based upon core values intrinsic to the practice of TRMBW™.

The SOP is an integral part of the overall Ethical Commitment to which a Member must agree, along with Rituals for Recovery’s Code of Conduct and all other policies and procedures of Rituals for Recovery.


Rituals for Recovery™ and the Healing Arts Institute and Trauma Resource Center™ envision a world in which access to high quality teaching and practicing of TRMBW™ & SEL is equitable for all and elevates collective wellbeing and human consciousness.

The purpose of the SOP and the overall Ethical Commitment is to foster safe and respectful guidelines for the practice of TRMBW™ & SEL and to assure that Rituals for Recovery’s  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 trauma responsive 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.


Rituals for Recovery™’s SOP provides a set of robust standards, policies, and procedures for the RfR Method of teaching TRMBW™.

Rituals for Recovery™’s Members make a commitment to high standards of competency and ethics; this SOP is part of that commitment.

This Scope is not intended to limit a licensed healthcare practitioner or certified professional from practicing according to their respective Scopes of Practice.

Scope of Practice (SOP) Table of Contents

  • Follow the Rituals for Recovery™’s Code of Conduct / HAI Code of Ethics
  • Teach the RfR Method of TRMBW™
  • Adjustments of Postures or Practice with Explicit and Informed Consent
  • Share Trauma Informed Knowledge
  • Adhere to Guiding Principals of Trauma Informed Communities and Framework for Trauma Responsive SEL
  • Advise and Teach Within the Permitted Scope
  • Seek out Continuous Learning and Maintain Relevant Credentials

Guidance for the Scope of Practice

SOP Principle 1 — Follow the Rituals for Recovery™’s Code of Conduct and HAI Code of Ethics

SOP Principle One requires Members to follow the Rituals for Recovery™ Code of Conduct, which consists of the following eight principles:

Adhere to applicable law. 

Follow the Rituals for Recovery™’s Scope of Practice.

Follow the Rituals for Recovery™’s Anti=Harassment Policy

Follow the Rituals for Recovery™’s Sexual Misconduct Policy

Do no harm.

Be inclusive and actively involve all individuals.

Respect Student-Teacher relationships.

Maintain honesty in communications.

SOP Principle 2 — Teach the RfR Method of TRMBW™

SOP Principle Two allows Members to teach the RfR Method of TRMBW™ and to offer instruction and education on somatic practices and principles of mind- body wellness that responsibly reflect the level of TRMBW™ education, training, and experience of both the Members and the Student(s). Members may teach TRMBW™ in a group, in a one-on-one setting, or online.

Members must limit teaching to practices and learnings that align with TRMBW™ philosophy and the RfR sequencing and methodology for which the Member is qualified and in accordance with the competencies described in the TRMBW™ & SEL Curriculum Standards.

SOP Principle 3 — Adjustments of Postures or Practice with Explicit and Informed Consent

SOP Principle Three allows the Member to adjust posture or practices only with Explicit and Informed Consent. All physical adjustments of any type are intentionally limited to situations where there has been prior Explicit and Informed Consent. Previous consent does not imply future permission or allow for future physical adjustment or contact.

“Explicit and Informed Consent” is narrowly defined as overt permission for a specific teacher to use hands-on contact that has been granted by the student. This permission can be given verbally, in writing, by an unambiguous gesture, or via a consent card/indicator. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent.

SOP Principle 4 — Share Trauma Informed Knowledge and Cite Sources, Philosophy, Methodology and Somatic Practices. 

SOP Principle Four requires Members to properly cite sources when providing instruction in TRMBW™ & SEL philosophy, methodology and somatic practices. This may include teachings, studies, and the Member’s own personal commentary or opinion from many sources, including those listed below. In conformance with the Rituals for Recovery™,s Code of Conduct and HAI Code of Ethics, Members must accurately disclose the source of the information, commentary, or opinion.

Neuroscience, philosophy, research, methodologies, quotes and texts.

The teachings of direct TRMBW™ Teachers of the Member. 

The teachings of specific somatic movements, asana, and yoga postures within a historical or contemporary yoga tradition.

The work of degreed scholars of Religious Studies, Indology, Sanskrit, etc.

The work of degreed scholars of Anatomy, Physiology, etc.

SOP Principle 5 — Adhere to Guiding Principals of Trauma Informed Communities and Framework for Trauma Responsive SEL

SOP Principle Five requires that all members intentionally apply best practice approaches and strategies following the six guiding principles adopted from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations concept of trauma and guidance for a trauma informed approach. All members understand trauma and its impact and work to model and develop their own social emotional skills to provide a safe, supportive and growth environment. That is, to enable those who have been impacted by trauma and adverse life events to find safety and gain trust, and to provide them the resources and skills to heal, grow and achieve their best.

Rituals for Recovery™’s members believe that wellbeing, mental health, and positive life outcomes are enhanced when:

• Communities are empowered and equipped to codesign their own recovery and wellbeing plan, in a manner that seeks to strengthen not replace existing programs and efforts.

• The wisdom of individual and collective community members is valued. They, are supported to integrate trauma responsive practices grounded in the scientific knowledge of wellbeing, growth, and resilience with their existing knowledge systems.

• Communities have sustainable methods, SEL skills and tools to understand trauma, wellbeing, resilience, and growth, and then intentionally apply this knowledge for themselves, and in the way they support vulnerable community members.

• Communities honour human diversity and complexity, and they have the methods and skills to personalise rituals for recovery, wellbeing and growth responses to the needs and context of individual and collective community member.

SOP Principle 6 Advise and Teach Within Permitted Scope

SOP Principle Six prohibits members from advising or teaching in areas where the Member does not have appropriate credentials and competence. The goal of Principle Six is to provide guidance in cases where Members may encounter situations beyond the scope of their credentials, experience, or abilities.

Members must not provide advice or services for which they are not properly and currently licensed, during any program, including on-line or live immersion. 

Members may, at their own discretion, provide referral lists of locally available resources for Students, including but not limited to: medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement, suicide prevention hotline, sexual abuse hotline, and Rituals for Recovery. Unless the Member is both competent and properly credentialed in the specific field in which they seek to provide services, advice, or products, the Member must (1) gain competence and proper credentials, (2) engage the services of or refer the student to a competent and properly credentialed professional, or (3) decline to provide such service or advice.

Rituals for Recovery™ credentials must never be used to imply competency or to promote the Member in fields not specifically included in the Rituals for Recovery™ Scope of Practice.

SOP Principle 7 — Seek out Continuous Learning and Maintain Relevant Credentials 

SOP Principle Seven requires Members to maintain relevant credentials including compliance with continuing education requirements. Members must:

Maintain and comply with all relevant Rituals for Recovery™ credentials, including all qualifications and corresponding continuing education requirements.

Agree to follow all other Rituals for Recovery™ policies and procedures.