Becoming Trauma-Sensitive: The Professionals' Path to Making Meditation Save and Effective for Trauma Survivors with David Treleaven PhD
Anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room will likely be struggling with trauma.
Are you prepared?
About the workshop
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 posttraumatic 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?
Who is it for
Designed for wellness professionals, this two-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.
Whether you’re a beginning or veteran practitioner, anyone engaged in offering contemplative practices to others will benefit from this workshop, including therapists, coaches, and meditation, classroom, yoga, or religious teachers.
This event will provide 13 CPD points.
About David Treleaven PhD
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 offered workshops 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.
When and Where
Sydney - Saturday 4th May and Sunday 5th May - 9am - 5pm each day
Mary McKillop Place, North Sydney
Melbourne - Tuesday 7th May and Wednesday 8th May- 9am - 5pm each day
Habitat at the Augustine, Hawthorn
Auckland - Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May, 9am - 5pm each day
AUT University, Auckland
For more information about this Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia & New Zealand event,
“I now see things through a new lens. We can use mindfulness as a tool to help us with trauma. And when we look at trauma, we must look at it as systemic. This is groundbreaking. David’s work is informing the way I’m able to talk about mindfulness and trauma. I am bringing the principles and specific practices he outlines to my work in an intentional way, so that it becomes the new way I do things.”
—Grace Helms Kotre, MSW
Certified Mindfulness Instructor and founder of Power to Be
“Over the past 20 years I’ve seen people making assumptions about universality and safety of practice. I’m always looking for ways to send the message to be mindful that some students are really suffering. David’s work brings that message to the forefront of what we’re doing and empowers mindfulness teachers to be prepared, responsible and more effective than ever before.”
Associate Director, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Becoming Trauma-Sensitive: The Professionals’ Path to Making Meditation
Safe and Effective for Trauma Survivors
Featuring Trauma Specialist David Treleaven, PhD