About Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience’s (STAR) framework integrates material from:

  • trauma and resilience studies
  • restorative justice
  • conflict transformation
  • human security
  • spirituality.

These five foundational fields draw upon deep academic and practical knowledge housed within the faculty and staff of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding; each training draws on both this expertise and the wisdom contained in the experience of each group of STAR participants.

The Need for Trauma Awareness and Resilience Training

Many people, organizations and communities are working and living in ways that are overwhelmed by, ignorant about or actively denying the traumatic impacts of violence. While affected by the cycles of violence, many are hopeful about possibilities of transformation and resilience-building. Even well-intentioned individuals, organizations and communities often work in ways that unintentionally sustain, rather than interrupt, cycles of violence. Harmful impacts are evident in their physical health, their relationships, their work and broader lives and communities. 

STAR trainings offer an educational gateway toward working and living in more trauma-informed ways.

Taking a STAR training can equip individuals, communities, and organization for better work outcomes and improved well-being along the journey.

Training around the World

STAR trainings are offered in several formats:

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Participants Say....

"I’m so impressed by the quality of the instruction, but I’m even more impressed by the quality and diversity of the people who attend. The instructors created such a positive, caring environment that we learned an amazing amount from them and from each other. "

~a STAR participant

"Its clear that every activity, every slide, every aspect of the week had been perfected through years of research and practice. "

~ a STAR participant

"I would recommend STAR as a key component in management processes for planning and implementation of programs."

~ a STAR participant

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