Why this Workshop?
Anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room will likely be struggling with trauma. Are you prepared?
  • Over the past decade, mindfulness has exploded in popularity;
  • It is now being offered in a wide range of secular environments, including elementary and high schools, corporations, and hospitals;
  • At the same time, the prevalence of trauma is extraordinarily high;
  • The majority of us will be exposed to at least some type of traumatic event in our lifetime, and some of us will develop debilitating symptoms in its aftermath;
  • In any environment where mindfulness and other practices, like yoga, are being practiced, there’s a high likelihood that someone will be struggling with traumatic stress
  • What this means is that Mindfulness is more powerful when combined with an understanding of trauma.

What to Expect from this Workshop?

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;

Who Can Benefit?

Organizations and Institutions that David has partnered with:

Meet David Treleaven
Psychologist, PhD.

  • David 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);
  • 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;
  • Utilizing contemporary research to inform best practices, David has offered workshops on trauma-sensitive mindfulness at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as keynote speeches at the Omega Institute in New York and the Institute for Mindfulness in South Africa in Johannesburg.

A Road Map for Trauma-Sensitive Practice

A groundbreaking and practical approach to making mindfulness meditation safe and effective for all.

“This book is a rare combination of solid scholarship, clinically useful methods, and passionate advocacy for those who have suffered trauma.”

– RICK HANSON, author of Buddha’s Brain

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Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness - Interview with David Treleaven

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  • The relationship between mindfulness and trauma can be a deceptive one.
  • At first glance, the two seem like natural allies: trauma creates stress, and mindfulness is a powerful tool for reducing it. It would seem that anyone struggling with trauma would benefit from mindfulness practice. But the reality is not so simple.
  • Emerging research suggests that mindfulness can both support or burden people struggling with trauma.
  • On the one hand, mindfulness can bolster trauma recovery by supporting emotional regulation, focused attention, and body awareness—all essential components to healing trauma.
  • On the other hand, mindfulness meditation can create problems for trauma survivors. Instructed to pay close, sustained attention to their inner world, survivors can experience flashbacks, dissociation, and at worst, retraumatization. It depends on how it’s practiced.

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