Making Mindfulness Meditation Safe for Trauma Survivors

Becoming Trauma-Sensitive Workshop

With trauma specialist David Treleaven, PhD

Open to the public, as part of our Mindfulness Teacher Training

DateJune 21, 2019
Time10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost$50 - $100 Sliding Scale • Lunch Included
LocationPrindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA
Questions?(978) 254-7082 or contact@ibme.com

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 day-long 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 will benefit from this workshop, including therapists, coaches, and meditation, classroom, yoga, or religious teachers.

Registration is now closed for this event. For last minute availability please email sarah.a@ibme.com