Becoming Trauma-Sensitive: Making Mindfulness and Meditation Safe for Trauma Survivors - 2-day training over 4 sessions (17.00 - 20:00 BST each day)
Date: 12/04/2021 - 03/05/2020
Location: Online

Designed for mindfulness providers (e.g., meditation and yoga teachers) and wellness professionals who offer mindfulness practices and interventions, the workshop draws upon up-to-date empirical research to inform best-practices for trauma-sensitive care.

Through lecture, case study, and experiential practice, participants 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 skilfully with dysregulated arousal, traumatic flashbacks, and trauma-related dissociation.

From 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.

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of the acclaimed new book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (W. W. Norton), and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community — a group committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs.

2-day workshop delivered online via zoom over 4 days - one day each week
12/04/2021 / 19/04/2021 / 26/04/2021 / 03/05/2021
Each day 3 hours - 17.00 - 20.00 UK Time

Fees & availability

Supported Rate - for those with low incomes: £200.00
Standard Rate - pays facilitator and OMC costs: £240.00
Supporting Rate - supports others to attend who are on low incomes: £280.00

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