Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience-STAR Training June 11-15, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM (CDT)
Saint Paul, MN
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience The STAR Training
Wednesday-Sunday, June 11-15, 2014
The STAR Training Facilitators:
Donna Minter, PhD, LP
Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychology Examiner
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 Communications, Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
STAR Associate Trainer
The STAR Training strengthens 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 productive alternatives to revenge that promote healing and provides a path toward reconciliation. STAR graduates are trauma-informed and resilience-oriented and better prepared to assist when confronted with individual and community traumas.
By attending this 4 & 1/2-day university-caliber academic and experiential education training, you will 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 training as “Very Good” to “Excellent”
100% increased their confidence to appropriately aid and assist when their clients,
family, friends, and communities face traumatic circumstances.
100% indicated they recommend the STAR 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:
Wednesday June 11 8:30pm-4:30pm
Thursday June 12 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday June 13 8:30am-4:30pm
Saturday June 14 8:30am-4:30pm
Sunday June 15 8:30am-12noon
27 Professional Continuing Education Credits (CEs) are available for an additional $60 payable by check. CE has been approved by:
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy LMFT: CE:2014 – 039
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy LPC & LPCC: 2014.CE.023
and LADC: 2014.CE.ACD.00
Minnesota Board of Social Work CE Provider Approval Number: CEP-634 (29 hrs)
Minnesota Board of Psychology Log number: 201402.134
It has been designed to meet CE criteria for the Minnesota Board of Nursing as well as educators, mediators, attorneys, health educators, clergy, chaplains, and other professionals. If you have questions, please contact the Peacebuilding office at 612-377-4660.
Once your online registration and tuition payment 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 Peacebuilding office at STAR.Mpls@gmail.com or 612-377-4660 for details.
To avoid the online processing fee, please contact the Peacebuilding office at STAR.Mpls@gmail.com and request registration for payment by check via regular mail.
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.
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 at 1010 Bandana Blvd W St. Paul, MN 55108
STAR is a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, VA For more information and trainings offered in VA see: http://www.emu.edu/cjp/star/
4 minutes of STAR on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAd2sYZ9Yig&list=PL8B88609C153FB48E