Intro STAR Training for MHF Members: Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Virtual Training January 25th, 7 pm EST / 6 pm CST

Please Join MHF and MN Peacebuilding Leadership Institute for this meaningful virtual event! Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) for Cultural Competence, Racial Healing and Equity.


Mennonite Health Fellowship (MHF) and MN Peacebuilding Leadership Institute (Peacebuilding) are delighted to be presenting this 2-hour Intro to STAR training. 

When terrible things happen, like COVID-19 and racism, our peace has been stolen from us. Intro to STAR teaches basic vocabulary and concepts to be trauma-informed, resilience-oriented, and restorative justice-focused to build culturally competent peace into our lives and communities with justice for all. Everyone from everywhere is welcome to join us.

Training Facilitator: Donna Minter, PhD, LP, Certified STAR Trainer, USA and International Experience, Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, and Forensic Psychology Examiner, Founder, Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, and a Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship board director.

This 2-hour online training teaches the basic vocabulary, concepts, models, and strategies of the 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – STAR Training to increase cultural competence for racial healing and equity. STAR is a research and practice-supported training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. It is for those who wish to learn basic STAR concepts and models within a shorter-time frame than the single day STAR-Lite Training and the multi-day 38-hour STAR Training. Intro to STAR is not a pre-requisite or replacement for the STAR or STAR-Lite Trainings. It is designed for those wanting to understand and heal trauma toward building peace within their spheres of influence. This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals.

This training is for laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals. For licensed Minnesota mental health professionals, teachers, and nurses who want 2 hours of continuing education (CE) for this training, choose the registration option that includes the $25 CE fee.

If you wish to receive a Certificate of Completion for this training, please register with the option to pay the CE fee. Otherwise, the post-training email that you receive soon after the training will serve as confirmation that you attended this training. We are unable to provide a Certificate of Completion without payment.

Training objectives:

a. Learn the complete intersectional spectrum of individual and collective psychological trauma for increased cultural competence.

b. Learn and reflect on the links between unhealed trauma and cycles of victimhood and violence .

c. Learn and reflect on STAR’s trauma healing and resilience models and associated practices.

d. Explore self-care for resilience strategies to build culturally competent peace into your life, family, and community to promote justice for all.

Please note: After you complete your Eventbrite registration, the day before the training and the morning of the training, Donna will email you PDF handouts in preparation for this training and the Zoom video conferencing online training link.

Training Facilitator: Member of the MHF Board of Directors, Donna Minter, PhD is MN Peacebuilding’s Founder and a Master Certified Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience STAR Trainer. Donna is a White–identifying European American cisgender woman. She is a licensed psychologist who has practiced neuropsychology for 25+ years in outpatient and inpatient clinics and educational settings. For 20+ years she has conducted court-ordered mental health evaluations and provided expert court testimony. As a peacebuilding instigator, she administers, implements, and conducts trainings and talking circles in Minnesota, throughout the USA, and internationally. Donna’s pronouns are she/her/hers.


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