Becoming Trauma-Sensitive:

Making Mindfulness and Meditation Safe for Trauma Survivors

with David Treleaven, PhD

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9 am – 4 pm
Watermark Country Club
5500 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Vegetarian Lunch Included
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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.

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 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?

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.

6 CE/CPEs Approved for Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, and Dietitians
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 $199 Ind/Prof – $129 College Student
Payment Plans and Scholarships available
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David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma and mindfulness. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (W. W. Norton, 2018), which was acclaimed by Rick Hanson as “a rare combination of solid scholarship, clinically useful methods, and passionate advocacy for those who have suffered from trauma.” He’s lectured on trauma-sensitive mindfulness at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Omega Institute in New York. Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, he received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University.


*Full refund will be processed for cancellations through October 12. From October 13 to October 22, a refund less a $35 administrative fee will be given. After October 22, no refunds will be granted, but we will hold the payment, less a $35 administrative fee, for a future workshop.