David Treleaven, Ph.D. is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma and mindfulness. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (W. W. Norton, 2018), which was acclaimed by Rick Hanson as “a rare combination of solid scholarship, clinically useful methods, and passionate advocacy for those who have suffered from trauma.” He’s lectured on trauma-sensitive mindfulness at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Omega Institute in New York. Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, he received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University.
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 minimize 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 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.
- Understanding the relationship between individual and systemic forms of trauma, including responsibilities to educate oneself about power, oppression, and social context.
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.
- Certified, qualified MBSR and MBCT teachers or teacher trainees;
- Other mindfulness based programs teachers;
- Therapists teaching meditation or other contemplative practices;
- Coaches teaching meditation or other contemplative practices;
- Yoga teachers teaching meditation or other contemplative practices;
- Religious teachers teaching contemplative practices.
- Dates : Thursday, October 29 to Friday, October 30 2020 (necessity to attend the entire program, i.e. the full 2 days).
- Format : non-residential. Fee including 2 lunchs (Thursday and Friday).
- Venue : Espace Columban – 162 Chemin de Vieusart – 1300 Wavre – Belgique.
In the heart of small bucolic valleys, the Espace Columban is a place where space and calm combien with simple and clear lines. The room, with a direct view on the pastures is very bright and is located in a peaceful environment. Map to access.
The venue is with disabled access.
- Language : the seminar will be taught in English, with French consecutive translation.
- Material to bring:
- comfortable clothes, adapted to the weather; shawl or plaid.
- your yoga mat, meditation cushion or bench. Chairs will be available.
Only if necessary, you may contact Mme Evelyne Mathieu who manages registrations.
- Registration fee to the workshop: 326,40€ TTC
The fee includes sessions, 2 lunches (October 29th and 30th) as well as tea breaks.
Marc prepares the meals that are home-made and vegetarian, cooked with organic, local and seasonal ingredients.
ATTENTION : people living abroad and who are subject to the intra-community TVA need to pay sessions fee without VAT + meals, i.e. 276€, the VAT will need to be paid in their tax residence country.
- Cancellation policy:
- Until August 14 2020, reimbursement: 70%.
- From August 15 to September 14 2020, reimbursement: 50%
- From September 15 to October 14 2020, reimbursement de 35%
- From October 15 2020: no reimbursement.
- Fill in the online form here (form in French. Google-translate can be a useful support).
- Pay the registration fee through bank transfer (bank information at the end of the registration form).
- Once your form and paiement received, we will send you an email confirming your registration (allow 2 weeks please).
You would like to find an accommodation nearby?
- It is sometimes possible to stay at the Espace Columban (4 double rooms available – 35€/pers./night + 10€ for sheets rental; necessity to bring your sheet, towels and breakfast -no breakfast service nor walking distance tea-room). Ask for information to the Espace Columban…
- Finding an accommodation
- Check: David Treleaven’s website: site
- See: David Treleaven conference freely accessible “The truth about trauma and mindfulness: discover the risks trauma survivors face when practicing mindfulness“
- Read: David Treleaven’s book “Trauma-sensitive mindfulness – Practices for safe and transformative healing”
In partnership with:
- Leuven Mindfulness Center, from KUL University, Belgium
- Center For Mindfulness, Ireland