Understanding Psychological Trauma and Recovery

This introductory course draws together the fields of neurobiology, psychology, social science, restorative justice and spirituality into a unique and practical framework for trauma healing. 

Through presentation, dialogue and self-reflection participants will consider such questions as:

  • How does crisis affect us physiologically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?
  • How does the experience of victimization lead to cycles of harm towards oneself and others?
  • What enables people to break free of damaging cycles and embark on a journey toward healing?
  • How can we as helping professionals or concerned community members best be of support to trauma survivors?
  • What does healing require in the aftermath of intergenerational and cultural trauma?
  • What does research tell us about effective strategies for practitioner self-care?

Intended for: non-clinical professionals or volunteers working with trauma survivors or concerned with violence prevention, community capacity development, restorative justice, and personal and collective healing processes.  It is adapted from Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR), at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia USA, employing a model that has now been embraced in various war-torn regions throughout the world.

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What Past Students Have Said...

The trainer was excellent and made students feel safe to take risks.


I learned a huge amount. Great process!


I appreciated the wide variety of multi-media. Good combination of group activities and solo work.


Community Justice Initiatives Association