Becoming Trauma-Sensitive: Making Mindfulness and Meditation Safe for Trauma Survivors
What is the relationship between meditation and trauma? How can you work skillfully with trauma in your meditation practice?
Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly mainstream practice, especially as people seek tools to help them cope with stress and adversity. 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 post-traumatic stress. While all of 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 and practitioners 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 anyone practicing mindfulness, this workshop—led by author and trauma specialist, David Treleaven, PhD—will introduce you to the principles of trauma-sensitive mindfulness. The workshop will combine lecture, case study, and experiential practice to leave you:
- Understanding why meditation can create dysregulation for people who’ve experienced trauma and specific ways you can prevent this;
- Prepared to recognise symptoms of traumatic stress while offering mindfulness interventions;
- Equipped with introductory 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.