The STAR Training
Monday-Friday, September 14-18, 2015
STAR Training Facilitators:
Donna Minter, PhD, LP
Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychology Examiner
Founder and Executive Director of the
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Certified STAR 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
Associate STAR 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 and resilience-oriented that promote healing and provides a path toward reconciliation. It is a 4 & 1/2 day evidence-based research and practice supported academic and experiential education training that has a 13 year national and international reputation of successfully teaching professionals, paraprofessionals, and lay volunteers 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, and 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 stressful and traumatic circumstances.
100% 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 Sept 14 8:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday Sept 15 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday Sept 16 8:30am-4:30pm
Thursday Sept 17 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday Sept 18 8:30am-1:00pm
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.
Group discounts are also available.
Please contact Dr. Minter now at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
27-29.5 Professional Continuing Education Credits (CEs) are available for an additional $60 payable by check or online with a credit card. CEs are approved by:
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy LMFT: CE: 2015-002
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy LPC, LPCC: 2015.CE.003
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy LADC: 2015.ADC.003
Minnesota Board of Social Work CE Provider - CEP-634
Minnesota Board of Psychology Log #201501.208
Minnesota Bar Association - pending
Minnesota Emergency Medical Services - pending
Minnesota Law Enforcement - pending
Minnesota Community Corrections - pending
STAR has been designed to meet CE criteria for the Minnesota Board of Nursing, Educators, Mediators, Attorneys, Health educators, Clergy, Chaplains, and other professionals. If you have questions, please contact the Peacebuilding headquarters 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 and beverages are provided. Lunch is available for purchase on campus. If you have questions, please contact the Peacebuilding office at email@example.com or 612-377-4660 for details.
To avoid the online processing fee, please contact the Peacebuilding office at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
d. Use the “Ouch, then educate” principle if someone says something that offends
or hurts. (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 one's faith or
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:
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. Feel free to contact us regarding additional lodging options.
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/
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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.
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