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Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness workshop, Auckland

May 11 @ 9:00 am - May 12 @ 5:00 pm


Trauma Workshop Flyer 2019

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

Featuring Trauma Specialist David Treleaven, PhD

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 post-traumatic 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 minimise 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:

  • 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;
  • 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 bene t from this workshop, including therapists, coaches, and meditation, classroom, yoga, or religious teachers.

This event will provide 13 CPD points.


May 11 @ 9:00 am
May 12 @ 5:00 pm


AUT University
55 Wellesley Street East
Auckland, New Zealand
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