From elementary schools to psychotherapy offices, mindfulness meditation is an increasingly mainstream practice. At the same time, trauma remains a fact of life: the majority of us will experience a traumatic event in our lifetime, and some will develop post-traumatic stress. While this may appear to be a good thing – trauma is an extreme form of stress, and mindfulness is a proven stress-reduction tool – the reality creates a complex challenge.
Emerging research suggests that mindfulness interventions can help or hinder trauma survivors, raising a crucial question for mindfulness educators everywhere: How can you be prepared to minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits at the same time?
Designed for wellness professionals, this one-day workshop – led by author and trauma specialist, David Treleaven, PhD – will equip you with the tools you need to offer mindfulness in a safe, effective, trauma-sensitive way.
- Through lecture, case study, and experiential practice, you will leave the workshop:
- Understanding why meditation can create dysregulation for people who’ve experienced trauma and specific ways you can prevent this;
- Prepared to recognize symptoms of traumatic stress while offering mindfulness interventions;
- Informed about current empirical research regarding mindfulness and trauma, including evidence-based interventions you can apply immediately to your work;
- Equipped with tools and modifications to help you work skillfully with dysregulated arousal, traumatic flashbacks, and trauma-related dissociation.
- Understanding the relationship between individual and systemic forms of trauma, including responsibilities to educate oneself about power, oppression, and social context.
Whether you’re a beginning or veteran practitioner, anyone engaged in offering contemplative practices will benefit from this workshop, including therapists, coaches, and meditation, classroom, yoga, or religious teachers.
Language: The seminar will be taught in English with consecutive translation into German.