Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR)

Violence leads to trauma; unhealed trauma leads to recurring violence against self and others. But it doesn't have to be that way. Individuals and communities can learn skills for addressing trauma, healing relationships, and building resilience which improves the well-being of all. Originally developed for community leaders after the attacks of 9/11 in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, STAR now prepares leaders to address the effects of all forms of trauma in their organizations and communities.

By attending one of our five-day seminars, you’ll be equipped with strategies to address your own and your community's trauma and to develop reslience in yourself and others. In this educational setting, you will learn about the latest trauma healing research from the fields of neurobiology, psychology, restorative justice, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and religion/spirituality.

Community and organizational leaders will increase their capacity to recognize and respond to:

  • Common responses to trauma: emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual, behavioral
  • The need to transform trauma: breaking the cycles of victimhood & violence
  • Trauma intervention for individuals, communities, and societies
  • Self-care for leaders and caregivers
  • Restorative justice as a response to trauma—reconciling victims and offenders
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