Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence

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Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence

Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) for Cultural Competence

By Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 · 8 - 10am PDT



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About this event

We are grateful to the City of Minneapolis' Office of Violence Prevention for partially-funding this training for those who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis.

Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence, Racial Healing, Equity, and Justice

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 10am - 12pm CST

When terrible things happen, like racism, police brutality, and COVID-19, our peace has been stolen from us. Intro to STAR teaches how to build culturally competent peace back into our lives and communities with justice for all.

Training Facilitators:

Donna Minter, PhD, LP, Certified STAR Trainer, USA and International Experience, Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, and Forensic Psychology Examiner, Founder and Executive Director, Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

Crixell Shell, MS, STAR Trainer, Assistant Executive Director, Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, Coming to the Table Racial Healing Talking Circles Facilitator, Rule 114 Community Mediator

This 2-hour online training teaches the basic concepts, models, and strategies of the 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience - STAR Training to increase cultural competence. STAR is a research and practice-supported training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. The training introduces people to being trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and restorative justice-focused for the benefit of themselves and others while increasing cultural competence. It is for individuals who wish to learn basic STAR concepts and models within a shorter-time frame than the single day STAR-Lite Training and the 5-day STAR Training. Introduction to STAR is not a pre-requisite or replacement for the STAR or STAR-Lite Trainings. It is designed for those wanting to understand and heal trauma toward building peace within their spheres of influence. This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals.

For licensed Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses who want 2 hrs of continuing education (CE) for Introduction to STAR, choose the registration option that includes the $30 tuition + $15 CE fee. If you're a social worker, nurse, or teacher licensed in another state, please contact your state's professional board to determine if they have a reciprocal CE relationship with Minnesota.

Training objectives:

a. Learn the complete intersectional spectrum of individual and collective psychological trauma for increased cultural competence.

b. Learn and reflect on the links between unhealed trauma and cycles of victimhood and violence .

c. Learn and reflect on STAR's trauma healing and resilience models and associated practices.

d. Explore self-care for resilience strategies to build culturally competent peace into your life, family, and community to promote justice for all.

Maximum number of trainees: 30

After you receive your training registration confirmation from Eventbrite, we'll send you PDF handouts in preparation for this online training as well as instructions to access the Zoom video conferencing online training link. The training documents and Zoom information will be sent twice, the day before the training and the morning of the training from our Communications Coordinator, Gemma. Please check your Spam folder if you cannot find these pre-training emails in your Inbox.

Also, we'll invite you to send us a visual Image of Hope via email attachment that you are willing to let us show to the online training group as a part of a community peacebuilding collage. Sending this image to us is completely optional.

MN Peacebuilding depends on people just like you to provide financial support for our community education trainings and events. If you have financial resources, please make a single or monthly recurring donation here:

Cancellation Policy: Refunds for this training, less a $10 administrative fee, will be given if written cancellation is received from the registrant at least 48 hours prior to the training. No tuition refund is offered after 48 hours prior to the training. Transfer of tuition to another online training is granted if written request is received at least 24 hours before the day of this training. Refunds or transfers are not available for no-shows. There is high demand for this training. If you realize you cannot attend, please contact us immediately at to let us know. This will open your spot to another attendee. Thanks!

Introduction to STAR Training Background, Strategies, and Guidelines

This online Introduction to STAR Training is designed for those wanting to understand psychological trauma and move toward building peace within their spheres of influence. Our trainees come from a wide variety of backgrounds; we represent different political leanings, cultural practices, religious traditions and understandings of spirituality and spiritual practices.Introduction to STAR is a online training based on the STAR program that originated at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. Mennonites are an historic peace church denomination, which is Christian but neither Catholic nor Protestant. Introduction to STAR, STAR-Lite, and the STAR Trainings are not religious programs and warmly welcome people from all backgrounds.

As you can imagine, 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.

STAR recognize that trauma affects body, mind, and spirit and addresses all of these aspects. 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 online training group will likely be a microcosm of this world and we see it as a rich opportunity to learn from one another and build bridges of understanding.

STAR is conducted as a multi-cultural, multi-faith gathering in which each trainee is given the safety and space to interact with the content freely using the language of their own culture and faith tradition, spiritual practice, or nonreligious ritual. 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 join us, 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 objectives for the training and jeopardize the online learning atmosphere for others. Therefore, for the emotional safety of the group, we ask that the online training not be used as a platform for the promotion of a particular theological, ideological, or political issue.

Introduction to STAR is an educational event. Many trainees have found the training to be therapeutic, but the trianing is not designed to be therapy. The interactions are designed to illustrate ways of addressing trauma and practicing resilience toward building peace within one’s sphere of influence; the academic input is educational in nature -- neither should be used as diagnostic or professional treatment tools. Any concerns you have about psychological issues should be discussed with a qualified mental health professional. If you have questions about this during the training, please discuss them with our staff.

From these understandings, we offer the following strategies:

a. See our time together as an opportunity to stretch and grow, owning that many of us have much to learn about other people’s cultures and traditions.

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, e.g. “Ouch, making that generalization about Africans, Muslims, Americans, etc. reinforces tired, outdated stereotypes. In fact...”

e. Assume that no one in the group is deliberately wanting to hurt or degrade your faith or people. 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 tradition, e.g. “I understand that Hindus…Am I correct?” “Is it true that in your community you …?”

STAR-Lite staff reserves the right to ask a trainee to withdraw from the training early if, based on our experience and judgment, their disruptive conduct jeopardizes the group’s educational experience.

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

The content of this training is based on the STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) Program, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA.

About the organizer

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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