Seminary Faculty Invites Colleagues to STAR Seminar

Seminary faculty and the staff of STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) has invited university faculty to join them in a Mini-STAR workshop on March 4 and 18, 2005.

Carolyn Yoder, STAR
Carolyn Yoder (above), director of STAR, issued an invitation to university faculty to attend a mini-STAR workshop.

The STAR program grew out of response to the events of September 11th, 2001. Initially designed to support religious caregivers in the New York City area who needed assistance helping people through the trauma of the event and its aftermath, the program has now served more than 800 religious leaders and caregivers of all faiths. Starting in February 2002, leaders and caregivers from the U.S. and around the world, from different faith and spiritual orientations, came together for five-day seminars on campus.

Since the beginning of STAR, additional activities have been developed to increase effectiveness; contextualized introductory seminars have taken place in Columbia, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, and several other training, coaching and consulting initiatives have also been developed.

This Mini-Star Workshop will include a presentation of the STAR model, experiential exercises, and a time to reflect theologically on the model from an Anabaptist perspective. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 4

  • 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
    Defining Trauma and Part I of the STAR Model: Trauma Healing Journey — Breaking the Cycles of Victimhood and Violence.
  • 1 – 4 p.m.
    Part II of STAR model and Symbols of Trauma

Friday, March 18

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Responses to the Trauma Healing Model, “Anabaptizing” participants and Symbols of Hope.

Eastern Mennonite University faculty interested in reserving a space at the workshop should contact Sharon Forret in the STAR office at or at (540) 432-4651. Preference will be given to those who can attend both days.

The invitation was issued jointly by Carolyn Yoder, Director, STAR and Kenton Derstine, Eastern Mennonite Seminary Faculty and STAR advisory board member.