Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience-STAR Training Fri-Sun Oct. 3-5 & Sat-Sun Oct. 18-19 2014

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

Saint Paul, MN

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience-STAR...

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Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience The STAR Training

Fri-Sun Oct 3-5 & Sat-Sun Oct 18-19, 2014

The STAR Training Facilitators:

Donna Minter, PhD, LP
Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychology Evaluator

Founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Lead STAR Master Trainer

Crixell Shell, BS, Paralegal Studies
Rule 114 Community Mediator
University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services
Director of Communication, Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

Associate Trainer

The STAR Training mission is to strengthen the capacity of caregivers, leaders, and organizations to address trauma,
break cycles of violence, and build resilience. 

The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute is
fulfilling this mission in Minnesota and beyond.

The STAR Training teaches positive practical strategies that promote healing and alternatives to revenge to be trauma-informed and resilience-oriented when confronted with individual and community traumas.

By attending this 4 & 1/2-day university-caliber academic and experiential education training, you’ll join thousands of STAR graduates from the US and over 65 countries who have been equipped with strategies for handling post-traumatic stress and leading others beyond traumatic events, informed by the latest trauma healing research from the fields of neuropsychology, restorative justice, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and broadly defined spirituality. 

The curriculum was developed by internationally-renowned faculty and training staff of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.  The STAR Training alumni include 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee and the President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mahamud. 

98% of STAR graduates rated the trainings as “Very Good” to “Excellent”
100% increased their confidence to appropriately aid and assist when their clients,
family, friends, and communities face traumatic circumstances and indicated they
recommend the S
TAR Training to others. 

STAR Training Objectives:

By the end of the STAR Training you will have:

1. Distinguished between various types of trauma and responses to trauma and related this information to your individual, community, and social history.

2. Examined the links between unhealed trauma and cycles of victimhood and violence and described how you have seen these cycles operate in your own situation.

3. Studied STAR's integrated trauma healing model, analyzed it in light of your experiences, and identified ways to integrate it into your current life and work.

4. Examined ways to build resilience and accompany individuals or groups on their healing journey by identifying personal and systemic trauma-informed interventions. 

Daily schedule of this STAR Training:
Friday Oct 3                 8:30pm-4:30pm

Saturday Oct 4            8:30am-4:30pm
Sunday Oct 5               8:30am-4:30pm
Saturday Oct 18          8:30am-4:30pm
Sunday Oct 19             8:30am-12noon

To maximize the STAR Training experience, the number of STAR Trainees is 25 at each training. 

27 Professional Continuing Education Credits (CEs) are available for an additional $60 payable by check pending final approval in January 2014 by
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC, LPCC, and LADC)
Minnesota Board of Social Work
Minnesota Board of Nursing
Minnesota Board of Psychology 

Educators, mediators, attorneys, health educators, clergy, chaplains, and other professionals should contact the MPLI office at 612-377-4660 for information about earning 27 continuing education credits for the STAR Training.

Once your online registration and tuition are received, additional training materials will be sent to you.  During the training snacks, beverages, and four lunches are provided.  If you have questions, please contact the MPLI office at or 612-377-4660 for details.

To avoid the online processing fee, please contact the MPLI office at and request registration for payment by check via regular mail. 

The STAR Training in Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Limited scholarship assistance for the STAR Training is available to ensure economic diversity at each training.  Please contact Dr. Minter at or 612-377-4660 for a scholarship application now.

The STAR Training
Objectives and Guidelines

Welcome to The STAR Training!  We are delighted that you are interested in joining us to interact, learn, and grow together.  During many STAR trainings, trainees come from different countries and from various parts of the United States. We will represent different political leanings, cultural practices, religious traditions and understandings of spirituality and spiritual practices.  The STAR Training originated at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.  Mennonites are a historic peace (Christian) church denomination which is neither Catholic nor Protestant.  The STAR Training is not a religious program and warmly welcomes people from all backgrounds.

As you can imagine, this rich diversity makes a dynamic learning environment as we explore issues of trauma, security, justice and peacebuilding and relate it to our own contexts.  In order to create an optimal learning environment, please take time to read the following understandings about the week, beginning with the course objectives.

1.    STAR Training course objectives:

By the end of the STAR training course, you will have:
a. Distinguished between various types of trauma and responses to trauma (both positive and
    negative) and relate it to your individual, community, and societal history. 
b. Examined the links between unhealed trauma and cycles of victimhood and violence and 
    described how you have seen these cycles operate in your own situation.
c. Studied the trauma healing model used at STAR, analyzed it in light of your experiences, and
    identified ways to integrate it into your current work.
d. Examined or practiced ways to build resilience and accompany individuals and groups on the
    healing journey through identifying personal and systemic interventions and rituals.

 2. STAR recognizes that trauma affects body, mind, and spirit and addresses all of these

Trauma hits us where we are most vulnerable and makes chaos out of the order of our lives.  Healing processes need to address body, mind and spirit.  As human beings, it is normal for those coming from a spiritual tradition to seek comfort and reassurance from their faith at such times or to address deep questions of meaning.  All of us are aware of the religious tensions that exist in our world today.  Your STAR group will likely be a microcosm of this world and we see it as a rich opportunity to build bridges of understanding. 

3.  STAR is conducted as a multi-cultural, multi-faith gathering.
This is different than conducting the sessions as an interfaith or intercultural seminar (see definitions below.)  It means each of person is given the safety and space to interact with the content of STAR freely using the language of his/her own culture and faith tradition or spiritual practice.  We ask that you exercise respect and sensitivity in this and at all times, speak only for yourself.

We have also found that, given the diversity of people who come to STAR, many issues, both individual and structural, could be used as case studies of trauma and the resulting cycles of victimhood, oppression, and violence.  Because of the complexity, long history, and emotional intensity of such issues, getting centered on any one could result in diversion from the primary objectives for the week and jeopardize the learning atmosphere for others. 

Therefore, for the emotional safety of the group, we ask that STAR not be used as a platform for the promotion of a particular theological, ideological, or political issue.

Multi-faith: a situation where persons of different faiths are present in one setting 

Multi-cultural: of or relating to or including several cultures

Interfaith: activities that involve an interaction between different faiths such as dialoguing, praying, marrying, or working on joint projects.

Intercultural:  studies of a large number of cultures, or studies that try to identify dimensions that are not culture specific: cultural dimensions applicable for all cultures.

4. STAR is an educational event. 
Many STAR trainees have found the week to be therapeutic, but STAR is not designed to be therapy.  The experiential exercises are to illustrate ways of working in communities affected by trauma.  The academic input is educational in nature.  Neither should be used as diagnostic or professional treatment tools.  Any concerns you might have about psychological issues should be discussed with a qualified mental health professional. If you have questions about this during the week, please discuss them with STAR staff. 

Following from these understandings, we offer the following guidelines for the Training week:  

a. See the week as an opportunity to stretch and grow, owning that many of us have much to learn
    about other people’s cultures and faith
b. Speak for yourself rather than being prescriptive for the group
c. Share who you are, but refrain from theological, cultural and philosophical debates and proselytizing
d. Use the “ouch, then educate” principle if someone says something that offends or hurts us
    (e.g. “Ouch, making that generalization about Africans, Muslims, etc. reinforces tired, outdated
    stereotypes. In fact……)
e. Assume that no one in the group is out to deliberately hurt or degrade our faith or our people
f. Tell personal stories to illustrate why you feel a certain way about something controversial rather
   than making general statements or pronouncements
g. Ask rather than make statements about another’s culture or faith (e.g. “I understand that Hindus
   Am I correct?”  “Is it true that in the US you …?”)

STAR staff reserves the right to ask a trainee to withdraw from the training early if, based on our experience and judgment, his/her disruptive conduct jeopardizes the group’s educational experience.
Prior to asking a trainee to leave, we will:
*     Speak privately to the person, identify the behavior(s) causing disruption for the group and give a
       verbal reminder of the policies above.
 *    If mutual understanding cannot be reached, as a last resort and with regret, ask the trainee
       will be asked to leave.

Again, a warm welcome to STAR!  Please feel free to consult with STAR trainers with concerns or questions anytime.  We look foward to a good experience together.

For our out-of-town STAR trainees, hotels are available in Saint Paul.  Less than 2 miles from the STAR Training location is the Best Western Bandana Square
at 1010 Bandana Blvd W St. Paul, MN 55108 

Click here for the origins of the STAR Training

The STAR Trauma Healing Model on Youtube-4 minutes

4 minute Introduction to STAR on Youtube

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Cancellation Policy: Refunds for this STAR Training, less a $30 administrative fee, will be given if written cancellation is received from the registrant by August 29, 2014.  No tuition refund is offered after August 29, 2014.  Transfer of tuition to another STAR training in Minnesota is granted if written request is received by September 26, 2014.  Refunds or transfers are not available for no-shows.

To register online for another 2014 STAR Training in Minnesota:

Wed-Sun June 11-15, 2014  see:

Mon-Fri Sept 8-12, 2014  see:

Click to register online for our single day Restorative Justice 101 trainings:

Saturday January 11, 2014  Restorative Justice 101

Friday March 14, 2014  Restorative Justice 101

Saturday November 22, 2014  Restorative Justice 101

Have questions about Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience-STAR Training Fri-Sun Oct. 3-5 & Sat-Sun Oct. 18-19 2014? Contact Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

When & Where

Bush Center, Hamline University
1561 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

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