Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)

STAR Level I Training

General Information

STAR is a five-day research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program facilitated by faculty and staff of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. STAR brings together theory and practices from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality, and restorative justice to address the needs of trauma-impacted individuals and communities. STAR trainings are multi-cultural, multi-faith gatherings in which all are welcomed to use the language of their own cultures and faith traditions. Openness, sensitivity and respect are encouraged.

The training combines lectures with experiential and interactive activities. Learning happens through presentations, physical activity, creative expression, and interaction with other participants.

At the end of the training participants will be able to bring a trauma-informed perspective to their personal and professional lives, present the basic concepts and use the tools with others.


  • March 20-24, 2017 [STAR Level 1 at Lancaster (Greenfield Corporate Center, 1846 Charter Lane Lancaster, PA 17601)
  • Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday (with a break for lunch) and ends on Friday at 1:00 pm
  • Registration deadline: Friday, March 3
  • Cost: $749 (If your employer will cover the cost of your training, complete the registration application. After you are registered, you will receive an invoice via email. Your employer will then be able to use the invoice to submit payment on your behalf). Meals, lodging, and transportation are the responsibility of the participant.
  • This STAR Level I training provides 32 contact hours of continuing education for Registered Nurses. Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Workshop topics

  • Trauma overview & definitions—types of trauma
  • Effects of trauma—emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual, behavioral
  • Unhealed trauma and cycles of victimhood and violence—acting in and acting out
  • Tools and processes for address trauma—body, mind, spirit; restorative justice and conflict transformation
  • Resilience and self-care—individual and collective

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Bring a trauma and resilience informed perspective to personal and professional life
  • Apply the STAR model in their personal and professional life
  • Understand trauma’s impact on body, brain and behavior of individuals and groups
  • Know processes for breaking cycles of violence (thus preventing further trauma) and building resilience
  • Share the basic concepts with others

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