Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)

STAR is a research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program that began in 2001. 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 is for individuals and organizations whose work brings them in contact with populations dealing with current or historic trauma: mental health, medical and legal professionals, clergy, educators, peacebuilders, humanitarian, human rights and development workers — all those who need to be trauma-informed in order to do trauma-sensitive programming.

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STAR training options: CEU and CE credits are available

  • STAR Level I: This five-day training is the foundation to STAR and introduces the theory, processes and tools for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of violence and building resilience. Click here for level one registration.
  • STAR Level II: This five-day training is for participants who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills of STAR frameworks and processes and equipped to present STAR presentations or workshops. The training also provides materials and information on applying STAR to particular audiences such as youth, those who have suffered historical harms, returning veterans, etc. Click here for level two registration
  • STAR Level III, Certification Track: This training prepares participants to lead full-length Level I trainings in their home area or with STAR at EMU. It also qualifies them to apply for Certified STAR Site status under the auspices of an existing organization/NGO in their community.

Upcoming workshops and trainings

Although many trainings are offered in Harrisonburg, Va., other locations host trainings.

Customized Services

  • STAR presentations (1-2 hours), workshops, and full-length trainings (4-5 days)
  • Technical support for organizations including consulting, program design, and customized training programs
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