Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness: Skills and understanding to make meditation safe and effective for trauma survivors

Featuring trauma specialist David Treleaven, PhD

Anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room will likely be struggling with trauma.

As a mindfulness educator, 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?

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:

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 workshop is open to ~

This event will provide 13 CPD points.

About David Treleaven PhD
David Treleaven - Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

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


Saturday, 4th May and Sunday 5th May - 9am - 5pm each day
Mary McKillop Place, North Sydney
Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Workshop - Sydney



Tuesday 7th May and Wednesday 8th May- 9am - 5pm each day
Habitat at the Augustine, Hawthorn
Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Workshop - Melbourne



Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May- 9am - 5pm each day

AUT University, Auckland 

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Workshop - Melbourne


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“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.”

—Carrie Bergman

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


Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia and New Zealand

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What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

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Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



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Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



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It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

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