How to Create A Safe Space

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Meet one of our wonderful hosts Fausta. For over 20 years, Fausta was a licensed therapist working with trauma survivors. She is now a life coach who is passionate about talking to otherst about trauma, how is impacts us, and how we heal from it. 

Fausta leads a 17-module training on Triggers and Trauma for aspiring peer support hosts or mental health advocates. 

Her training section covers: 

  • Trigger and trauma overview
  • What is a trigger
  • Will I get triggered?
  • Trigger warnings
  • Self-assessment for facilitators
  • How to manage triggers
  • Permission to take space 
  • Be thoughtful about language
  • You can’t avoid every trigger
  • Watch, listen, and learn 
  • Advice from a host
  • Roleplays 

To view ShareWell’s full training course and learn from Fausta, visit

Video Trancript: 

As facilitators we create and maintain safe spaces we need to be aware of protect potential triggers and Empower group participants to respond proactively to protect themselves we can do this by one giving a trigger warning where appropriate to emphasizing that we suggest everyone’s stay but they have permission to leave the conversation if that’s what they really need three checking in with anyone who seems activated or suddenly withdrawn for providing validation and emotional support and five offering resources where possible be clear about your discussion agenda so people know what to expect and then follow it make it clear that attendees are invited to share what they wish and have the option to pass at any time and don’t forget to take care of yourself