What to expect from STAR Training

Learning Objectives

The goals for our time together are to become more proficient at facilitating spaces for truth-telling, justice-building, post-traumatic regrowth, and resilience. Our learning objectives are to:

  • Explore and share about how trauma affects our bodies, brains, beliefs, and behaviors
  • Discover how unexamined trauma responses can contribute to cycles of harm
  • Identify tools and strategies to strengthen resilience and dismantle cycles of violence
  • Deepen commitment and capacity for self and collective care and regeneration

Expected Outcomes

Using a variety of exercise platforms, we will explore what we can do to dismantle cycles of trauma and violence instead of being complicit with them. This includes:

  • Deep listening to our own bodies, settings and systems
  • Exchange ideas with other participants and leading thinkers in the field
  • Examine institutional interventions and organizational best practices
  • Explore how faith and spirituality can inform and shape outcomes

Snapshot agenda

Our session format is embodied and participatory using arts-based exercises, case studies, facilitated discussions, circle processes, music and movement, current media sharing, and times for guided reflection.

In-person weekend sessions will be structured around the following schedule:

Friday: 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Saturday: 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Sunday: 8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Participants will be provided with ample time to reflect on their own personal journeys and practice environments. Together we will discover key strategies for fostering safety and transformation in our personal, work, and collective settings.

Meet your Facilitators

Carolyn StaufferCarolyn Stauffer

Generative Futures Consulting, LLC
Co-Founder, Lead Consultant

Dr. Carolyn Stauffer is an international educator with 25+ years experience in trauma recovery, organizational coaching, and violence prevention work. She served in the humanitarian sector for several decades and has taught in higher education on two continents. Carolyn's scholarship focuses on gender-based violence and she brings a health and equity lens to her practice. She is passionate about her work as a reflective healer, social innovator, and curious educator.

Points of passion

  • Global Citizen
  • Humanitarian Advocate
  • Veteran Educator
  • Trauma Trainer
  • Opportunity-Maker

Matt TibblesMatt Tibbles

Generative Futures Consulting, LLC
Co-Founder, Lead Consultant 

Matt Tibbles, MA is an organizational development and conflict transformation consultant with experience working in multi-ethic for-profit businesses, higher education, religious, and non-profit organizations in developing and implementing organizational development strategies with a specialization in trauma awareness and resilient-based strategies/practices. Matt's personal motto is "why not." Living into this motto has led Matt to live and work with communities and organizations across the United States and internationally.

Points of passion

  • Restorative Justice Practitioner
  • Educator & Trainer
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Trauma/Resilience Trainer
  • Star Wars Fan
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