Trauma Resilience Training (STAR)

Natural disaster affects both physical sense of safety and community relationships in specific ways.  Communities and families affected by natural disaster or other traumas experience particular trauma reactions. If leaders respond effectively, they can ultimately guide a community to greater resilience. 

We offer trauma resilience training which is particularly helpful to leaders of traumatized communities. STAR is a research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program that began in 2001. STAR brings together theory and practices from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality, and restorative justice to address the needs of trauma-impacted populations.

STAR is for individuals and organizations whose work brings them in contact with communities 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. 

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STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) was developed by the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding and launched to help community leaders rebuild after 9/11. Years later, over 7,000 community leaders have been trained to respond to crises that affect their communities, whether local or global. The Brookfield Institute was the first to apply the STAR training to veterans and it has since become a national model.

The five-day STAR training applies trauma resilience theory to experience through exercises, role playing, and interactive discussion. Participants learn about the stages or pathways of healing from trauma, and resources and tools to assist at each stage. At the end of the training, participants are equipped to take what they have learned back into their communities to train others.

We also do trauma resilience training with communities in Latin America. Click here to learn about it.