Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) is a
multi-disciplinary training approach to trauma healing that combines the latest in trauma research, personal self-care and innovative strategies for ending the cycles of victimhood and violence within our local, national and global communities.
The STAR framework draws on the fields of neurobiology, psychology,
restorative justice, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and
The STAR training strengthens the capacity and resilience of individuals and groups who work with traumatized individuals, groups, or societies. Over 3000 participants have come from the U.S. and many international settings.
Participants have found that STAR equips them with tools to address a range of situations that are caused or influenced by traumatic events.
Examples of attendees who have found the training helpful are:
* Many clergy, civil and religious leaders after 9/11
* Youth workers in the devastated Gulf Region post-Katrina
* Disaster and relief workers world-wide
* Leaders in post-war settings
* Persons supporting returning military veterans
* Social workers
Introductory and intermediate level STAR seminars are taught in week-long workshops on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University. STAR-Light is a two-day training to introduce the concepts and approach of STAR.
A program for leaders, teachers and caregivers working with youth in
The Youth STAR program provides training and materials for those who work with 14-18 year-olds who have experienced violence and trauma. The program was developed with input from trainers who work with youth in post-disaster settings in the U.S. and around the world.
The program includes information and materials in the areas of trauma
awareness, conflict transformation, and restorative justice. These topics
are presented as strategies for breaking the repetitive cycles of violence
in individuals and communities and building resilience.
The program aims to enable adults to increase youth’s knowledge in these
areas and enable young people to engage in building peace in their
immediate environment as well as in their larger communities.
Youth-STAR currently provides two training programs: Training for adults
who work with youth, and Training for trainers.
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