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Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience-STAR Training Oct 31-Nov 4, 2016

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Friday, November 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early STAR Tuition   more info Ended $698.00 $39.38
Standard STAR Tuition   more info Ended $750.00 $42.24
Optional 27 hrs Continuing Education   more info Ended $60.00 $4.29
Donate to the tax deductible Peacebuilding Economic Diversity Scholarship Fund   more info Ended

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The STAR Training: 
Best Practices in Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented, Restorative-Focused Care

Monday-Friday, October 31-November 4, 2016

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 

Judy Pilz, MSW, LICSW
Public Health at Hennepin County, expertise in social services and child welfare.  
Associate Peacebuilding 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 best practices to become trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and restorative-focused care that promote healing and provides a path toward reconciliation.  It is a 4 & 1/2 day research and practice supported academic and experiential education multi-cultural training that has a 14 year national and international reputation of successfully teaching professionals, paraprofessionals, and laypersons how to become empowering individuals and communites. 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 perspectives, 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, US State Department, Foreign Service, and Military. 

In Minnesota:

  • 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 stressful and traumatic circumstances.  
  • 99% indicated they recommend the STAR Training to others. 

STAR Training Course 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-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 Oct 31         8:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday Nov 1         8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday Nov 2    8:30am-4:30pm
Thursday Nov 3       8:30am-4:30pm
Friday Nov 4            8:30am-1:00pm

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

Group discounts and scholarship assistance for the STAR Training are available to ensure economic diversity at each training.  

Please contact Dr. Minter now at or 612-377-4660 for scholarship or group discount details.

To maximize the STAR Training experience, the number of STAR trainees is a maximum of 25 and minimum of 12 at each training.  

29 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 CEP-634
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy LADC 2016.CE.ADC.029
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy LPC, LPCC 2016.CE.115
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy LMFT CE: 2016-196
Minnesota Board of Psychology CE: 201707.004

STAR has been designed to meet criteria for the Minnesota Board of Nursing and Teachers for 29 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.

Once your online registration and tuition payment are received, additional training materials will be emailed to you.  During the training snacks and beverages are provided.  Lunch is available for purchase nearby.  If you have questions, please contact Peacebuilding at or 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.

For our out-of-town STAR trainees, hotels are available in Minneapolis near Hamline University's Minneapolis Campus in St. Louis Park, MN. 

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. 

The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute (aka Peacebuilding) transforms psychological trauma into nonviolent power.  

Our mission is to instigate, train, and support racially, sexually, culturally, ethnically, religiously, and economically diverse individuals and organizations to become trauma-informed and resilience-oriented empowered communities in Minnesota, the USA, and around the world. 

Have questions about Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience-STAR Training Oct 31-Nov 4, 2016? Contact Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

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Hamline University-Minneapolis Campus
1600 Utica Avenue South
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Friday, November 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

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Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan public charity nonprofit organization transforming psychological trauma into nonviolent power.  
Our mission is to instigate, train, and support racially, sexually, ethnically, culturally, religiously, and economically diverse individuals and organizations to become trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, restorative-focused empowering communities in Minnesota, the USA, and around the world.


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