Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)

STAR aims to strengthen the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to:

  • understand the impacts of trauma
  • interrupt cycles of violence
  • build resilience at personal, community and societal levels

STAR is for people 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.


STAR began in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001 as a partnership between Church World Service and EMU-CJP to equip community leaders to understand the dynamics of trauma and healing, and their linkage to issues of conflict, justice and peace.

Since then, thousands of people from more than 60 countries have participated in STAR seminars.

In 2015 alone, STAR participants have included US military and civilian contractors working with them, Syrian Orthodox Church members in Lebanon, workers focused on domestic violence in California, and Summer Peacebuilding Institute students from the DRCongo, Germany, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the US.

For more information please check out The Little Book of Trauma Healing and our free e-book about the first ten years of STAR's journey.

The Little Book of Trauma Healing
by Carolyn Yoder | Order from Amazon
An overview of invidual and collective trauma, common responses to trauma, and how to break the cycles of unhealed, unaddressed trauma. For everyone who works with trauma, whether the everyday variety, or with those affected by terrorism, tsunamis, current conflicts or historical wounds.

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