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
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:
- STAR 1 and STAR II are now offered online. The course includes scheduled, live sessions via Zoom (synchronous) and activities completed on participants schedule (asynchronous). Online, live sessions meet over 8 weeks, twice a week for 2.5 hours including a break.
- STAR I and STAR II are offered as 5-day trainings in Harrisonburg, VA on the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) campus. Participants can apply through an online application. Note: Due to COVID-19, we are not currently offering in-person trainings and will assess future in-person trainings based on safety and health guidance.
- The STAR team travels to locations around the world to partner with local organizations to offer the 5-day STAR trainings or shorter customized training. Interested organizations and communities can contact the STAR office to begin dreaming and planning.