Beyond Trauma Informed


Last week I had the privilege of  observing two skilled trainers, Elaine Zook-Barge and Ram Bhagat, who created a transformative experience for 24 participants from many countries. During the week I got to witness a beautiful version of the Dance of Co-Facilitation.

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), is a week-long experience that encourages people to go beyond the medical model of trauma informed care, to acknowledging the importance of body, mind and spirit. The STAR model has been used internationally to work with people who have experienced war, abuse, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other personal and societal traumatic events. Utilizing trauma and resilience theory, participant’s experiences, activities, and circle processes, the STAR curriculum offers ways for participants to move forward in their lives drawing strength and learning from trauma, instead of becoming debilitated by it.

Soon the Center for Conflict Resoluton (CCR) in Kansas City, will have certified STAR trainers and can offer the experience to participants in the Midwest. STAR is a timely and powerful process that brings skills for understanding and healing to all of us who have experienced unresolved conflict and trauma.

Visit the website to learn more about CCR’s services and programs in Kansas City, or to donate to our ongoing efforts for Conflict Resolution, Violence Prevention and Restorative Justice.

Welcome to the Peace Party!



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