Emotional First Aid Coach: Shelly Pinomaki

Seeking Hope is helping people on what is possibly the worst day of their lives. We’re here to help you survive, rebuild, and reclaim hope.

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The Current State of Crisis

Crisis is more than an event, it’s anything that sets you off balance. There can be a crisis in your life at any given time. The statistics are real.

Experience Trauma

60% of people experience trauma in their lifetime.

Abuse Substances Post-Trauma

76% turn to drugs/alcohol following a traumatic experience.

Experience Emotional Crisis

Every person will have at least one emotional crisis in their life.

About Shelly Pinomaki, San Diego's Most Remarkable Women Award Winner 2020

Shelly Pinomaki lost her sister at the hands of a murderer during Christmas 2011, and witnessed the additional trauma inflicted upon her family from well-meaning friends, families – even professionals – because they had no idea what to say or do. Shelly became impassioned to help others who wanted to help those in emotional pain, and received trauma training, became a chaplain, then founded Seeking Hope. Shelly also serves as a chaplain with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

More About Shelly

Slide 1 What Others Are Saying Shelly has an incredible way to get people to talk about and acknowledge what has happened to them. It’s huge to talk about trauma… Shelly is a perfect person who can relate to people. - JANE, SHELLY’S WORKSHOP ATTENDEE Slide 2 What Others Are Saying CARES Training is a really good way to help others in crisis. I also learned how to apply what I learned to myself. Shelly was well-prepared; we really enjoyed her. - PETER, SHELLY’S WORKSHOP ATTENDEE Slide 3 What Others Are Saying After CARES Training, I have more empathy. Shelly did an incredible job providing practical applications during this course. She never strayed off topic and was very adaptive to questions! - COLTON, SHELLY’S WORKSHOP ATTENDEE

Emotional First Aid Coaching & Training

With our emotional first aid support, everyone who needs help preparing or recovering from a crisis can get the tools and strategies to keep you emotionally healthy.  Combining biblical & psychological truths, we empower you to find great hope again!

Benefits of Emotional First Aid Coaching

Inspire Change

Emotional first aid training and resources will help transform how you cope with a crisis and heal after trauma.

Reduce Stress

Everyone can experience hope and peace in their life. You’ll learn how to manage and reduce emotional stress in your life.

Learn Truth

We’ll partner together to bring the Armor of God through biblical truth to moments of emotional crisis.

Inspire Change

Seeking Hope provides training and resources to help transform you into an effective and safe emotional crisis responder.

Reduce Stress

Everyone can experience hope and peace in their life. You’ll learn how to reduce stress in your life and in those around you.

Learn Truth

Let’s partner together to bring the Armor of God through biblical truth to battlefields across America.

Your Journey With Emotional First Aid



CARES training modules are the perfect starting place. When you complete the training you’ll feel empowered to offer hope in crisis in a number of situations.



After you finish your online training, join the exclusive Facebook group where you can connect directly with Shelly and others going through the CARES training.



Once you have received your certification of completion, you’re ready to help those in emotional crisis. But don’t stop there, continue with our intermediate and advanced modules, coming soon!

How Our Training Works

Helping You Help Others

The Seeking Hope training equips you to bring hope and encouragement to those in crisis. Not sure you know people in crisis? You do! Everyone experiences crisis more than we realize, and that’s why training matters. You will receive the tools and resources necessary to live a life of helping people in crisis.

Make New Connections

Our Seeking Hope training doesn’t stop with online modules. You can go deeper by engaging in our Seeking Hope Facebook community, and connect with like-minded healers and helpers.

What is CARES?

You’ll get access to our CARES Online Training modules that train you on emotional crisis response. Here is some of what you’ll receive in each module:

Get Started With CARES Online Training Today!

You’ll get access to more than 5 hours of training, helpful tools, notes, and a chance to earn your CARES certificate of completion!



What’s Included:

– 20 On-Demand Videos
– Seeking Hope CARES Training Workbook
– Exclusive Access to Hope Tribe
– Full lifetime access
– Remote Access From Any Device
– Basic crisis intervention and emotional first aid procedures
See all of our online training options.