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Because of COVID-19, this training has been cancelled. We hope to offer this training August 10-14, 2020. Contact us at if you'd like to be added to our mailing list to receive updates via our monthly newsletter.

To attend a 2-hour online Intro to STAR Training, here are the links:

Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience - 2 hour online training
Pay-what-you-can-up-to $30
Click these links to access training pre-registration:
Tuesday, April 14, 10am – 12pm CST
Friday, April 17, 2pm – 4pm CST

This webpage is solely to purchase Continuing Education (CEs) for

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Training:
Best Practices in Trauma-Informed,
Resilience-Oriented, Restorative Justice-Focused Care

Monday, May 11 – Friday, May 15, 2020

To register for this STAR Training and pay the tuition, go to:

STAR Training Facilitators:

Donna Minter, PhD, LP
Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychology Examiner
Founder and Executive Director
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Certified National and International STAR Trainer
Crixell Shell, MS
Associate Peacebuilding Trainer
Coming to the Table Facilitator
Rule 114 Community Mediator

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

29.5 hours Professional Continuing Education Credits (CEs) are available for an additional $60 payable by check or online with a credit card. STAR has been approved for CEs by the following professional licensing boards:

Minnnesota Board of Social Work
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy LADC
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy LPC, LPCC
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy LMFT
Minnesota Board of Psychology

STAR has been designed to meet criteria for the Minnesota Board of Nursing and Teachers for 29.5 CE hours. Mediators, Health Educators, Clergy, Chaplains, and other professionals have also been granted continuing education for STAR. If you have questions, please contact Peacebuilding at 612-377-4660.

To avoid the online processing fee, please contact the Peacebuilding office at 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 as well as Minnesota. Trainees represent different political leanings, cultural practices, religious traditions and understandings of 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 and is Anabaptist rather than 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 and healing, human security, justice and peacebuilding and relate these concepts to our own contexts. In order to create an optimal learning environment, please take time to read the following understandings about the training, beginning with the training 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 strategic 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 aspects.

Psychological 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 cohort will likely be a microcosm of our diverse 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 training 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:

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, faith, and perspectives.

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. Example: “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 one's faith or one's 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. Example: “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:
1. Speak privately to the person, identify the behavior(s) causing disruption for the group and give a verbal reminder of the policies above.
2. If mutual understanding cannot be reached, as a last resort and with regret, 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.

STAR is a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, VA. For more information and trainings offered in VA see:

Cancellation Policy: Refunds for this STAR Training, less a $30 administrative fee, will be given if written cancellation is received from the registrant by 35 days prior to the first day of the training. No tuition refund is offered after 35 days prior to the training. Transfer of tuition to another STAR training in Minnesota is granted if written request is received 10 days before the first day of this training. Refunds or transfers are not available for no-shows.

STAR and all of Peacebuilding's trainings are available by contract arrangement for community groups, organizations, and corporations.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

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Organizer Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

Organizer of Optional CEs for STAR May 2020

The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute ("Peacebuilding") is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan public charity nonprofit organization transforming psychological trauma into nonviolent power with positive productive alternatives to revenge. We prepare individuals, organizations, and communities for truth-telling and repairing harm for healed, just, equitable relationships toward the possibility of reconciliation.  Our mission is to instigate, train, and support racially, sexually, culturally, ethnically, religiously, and economically diverse individuals and organizations to become trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and restorative justice-focused, empowering communities in Minnesota, the USA, and around the world.  Our vision is making Minnesota the Peacebuilding Power State for All. For additional information, please contact us at and find us on social media as @MNPeacebuilding.

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