Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience The STAR Training
Monday-Friday, September 8-12, 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
National and International STAR 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 STAR Training teaches positive productive alternatives to revenge that promote healing and provides a path toward reconciliation. It is a 4 & 1/2 day research and practice supported academic and experiential education training that has a 12 year national and international reputation of successfully teaching professionals, paraprofessionals, and lay volunteers how to be trauma-informed and resilience-oriented for the benefit of their communities. STAR graduates are better prepared to assist when confronted with individual and community traumas.
STAR was developed in the months following the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and from its inception integrated multi-cultural sensitivity and awareness. By attending this 4 & 1/2 day university-caliber training, you will join thousands of STAR graduates from the USA and more than 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 and resilience research from the fields of neurobiology, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, 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, Harrisonburg, VA. The STAR Training alumni include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee, the President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mahamud, and individuals from the US State Department, Foreign Service, and Military.
98% of STAR graduates rated the STAR Training as “Very Good” to “Excellent”
100% increased their confidence to appropriately aid and assist when their clients, family, friends, and community members face traumatic circumstances.
100% indicated they recommend the STAR Training to others.
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-informed 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:
Monday Sept 8 8:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday Sept 9 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday Sept 10 8:30am-4:30pm
Thursday Sept 11 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday Sept 12 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. 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
STAR 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 our office at 612-377-4660.
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.
To avoid the online processing fee, please contact us at STAR.Mpls@gmail.com and request registration for payment by check via regular mail.
The STAR Training in Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute www.mnpeace.org a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Scholarship assistance for the STAR training is available to ensure economic diversity at each training. Please contact us at STAR.Mpls@gmail.com 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 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
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
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 4, 2014. No tuition refund is offered after August 4, 2014. Transfer of tuition to another STAR training in Minnesota is granted if written request is received by August 29, 2014. Refunds or transfers are not available for no-shows.
Register online for another 2014 STAR Training in Minnesota:
Wed-Sun June 11-15, 2014 see:
Fri-Sun Oct 3-5 & Sat-Sun Oct 18-19, 2014 see:
Click to register online for our single day Restorative Justice 101 training:
Saturday November 22, 2014 Restorative Justice 101