Customized Trainings and Workshops

Trauma-Informing Organizations

Many star participants have asked the question, “How can I make my organization more trauma-informed?”

While STAR training may be a critical gateway to organizations asking such questions, research by Barry Hart, Mikhala Lantz-Simmons, and Daria Nashat steps toward defining a trauma-informed organization. According Hart and Lantz-Simmons, a trauma-informed organziation:

  • has staff that has received training in trauma and knows how to identify signs of trauma. Staff incorporates a trauma-informed framework into their interactions with clients, meaning that they understand people have stories and deserve to be treated with compassion and respect;
  • creates structures so that staff can practice meaningful self-care;
  • opens space for members of the organization, institution, or business to speak about stress;
  • fosters a sincerely relational environment where everyone’s dignity is respected;
  • provides resources for getting help for those that need it.

If your organization wants to take steps in this direction, STAR presentations (1-2 hours) and STARworkshops (1-2 days) are available upon request and are customized to meet the needs of the group. STAR frameworks and core concepts are introduced in interactive way with immediate practical applications.

Some examples of our presentations and workshops include:

  • STAR for Attorneys (or development workers, religious leaders, human rights activists, teachers, etc.)
  • The Impact of Trauma on the Body, Brain and Behavior
  • Youth STAR
  • Strategies for Trauma-Informed Organizations (Barry Hart, Mikhala Lantz-Simmons)
  • Transforming Historical Harms
  • Journey Home from War

To discuss possibilities and schedule, contact

Recent examples of what STAR has done

  • Harare, Zimbabwe: STAR for Historical Harms (November 2016)
  • Charlottesville, VA: When Trauma Impacts Youth and Us (October 2016) with youth advocates
  • Suva, Fiji: Trauma Awareness, Resilience and managing Stress with human rights, restorative justice and gender-based violence responders (September 2016)
  • Summer Peacebuilding Institute: Body-Mind Practices for Building Resilience (June 2016)
  • Harrisonburg, VA: Mini-STAR for Zehr Institute Lawyers’ Palaver (April 2016)
  • Arlington, VA: USAID Learning Exchange on Integration of Psychosocial Trauma Interventions and Trauma-Sensitive Approaches to Development (April 2016)
  • Washington, DC: How are we facing the legacy of slavery? At the Lincoln Ideas Forum, Lincoln’s Cottage (April 2016)

What difference has STAR made? Four studies provide support on this question.

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