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At a moment when addressing the impacts of trauma is so vital, there’s an urgent need for mindfulness providers who can support trauma recovery.

Are you prepared to develop the advanced skills to help do this?

First, Do No Harm

As someone who offers mindfulness to others, you’ll know that trauma will be present in any environment you’re in.

Having learned about trauma-sensitive mindfulness, you now know ways to recognize trauma, respond to it skillfully, and prevent retraumatization. You’ve developed basic tools to help people stay safe and access the powerful benefits of practice. 

These are necessary skills for offering mindfulness to others, and a critical step on the path to being competent to offer trauma-sensitive mindfulness. 

But the commitment to “do no harm” only scratches the surface of what mindfulness can offer trauma survivors.

The full potential of mindfulness practices to support trauma recovery can remain untapped if we don’t develop past our introductory level of training. 

With advanced skills, mindfulness providers can offer trauma survivors practices to help them be safely present with a greater range of experiencesultimately supporting their path of trauma recovery.

Second, Widen the Window of Tolerance

In the introductory Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course, we covered the window of tolerance—an optimal zone of autonomic arousal we can track to support safe mindfulness practice. 

As trauma-sensitive mindfulness providers, we learned signs that someone was outside of their window of tolerance and specific modifications to mindfulness practice that could help them access an optimal zone of arousal. 

But there are limitations to staying exclusively in one’s window of tolerance. 

Over time, trauma survivors can also benefit from widening their window of tolerance and expanding their capacity for presence. Mindfulness practices can’t “cure” trauma, yet they can play a radically supportive role in trauma recovery.

Because of this, David committed to empowering mindfulness providers like you to discover, practice, and embody advanced trauma-sensitive mindfulness skills to help you best support the people and communities you work with. 

Equip Yourself with Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Tools to Support Trauma Survivors on their Path to Recovery

Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Widening the Window of Tolerance and Supporting Trauma Recovery is a first-of-its kind course designed to equip you with the ability to offer mindfulness in a way that supports trauma recovery. 

Combining seven Classroom Sessions, seven Guest Faculty Sessions, seven 90-minute Course Engagement Sessions, and seven Community Practice Sessions, Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness is designed to support your next stage of professional development.  

In the container of a powerful, engaged learning community, you will be given the tools to help people to take meaningful steps toward their trauma recovery. Through lecture, case study, and opportunities to interact with an advanced learning community, this course builds on the core trauma-sensitive competencies by going deeper, focusing on practices that help widen one’s window of tolerance. 

As an Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course participant, you will:

  • Develop advanced skills in trauma-sensitive mindfulness through deepened theory, practice, and community support;
  • Discover practices that enhance people’s resilience, self-compassion, and sense of agency and choice;
  • Explore the power of mindful gauges—one of the most effective, empowering mindfulness tools we can offer people on their path of trauma recovery;
  • Learn mindful embodiment practices that enable people to self-generate safety and widen their window of tolerance;
  • Adopt and integrate mindfulness practices that focus on resilience and healing;
  • Be informed about cultural adaptations of mindfulness practice through a trauma-sensitive lens;
  • Learn from world-renowned experts in the field of mindfulness,  trauma, and compassion.

Upon completion of this advanced training, you can expect to be proficient in advanced practices that will support people’s capacity to integrate trauma over time. 

While the advanced course is not a replacement for professional trauma treatment or other therapeutic modalities, you will develop skills that can support trauma therapy and help people get the most out of their practice. 

With these skills, you will be able to even more effectively serve the communities you work with, and skillfully guide people to deeper levels of safety, self-connection, and healing.

About David Treleaven

David Treleaven, Ph.D., is a teacher, trauma professional, and long-time meditator who has spent his career studying the relationship between mindfulness, meditation, and traumatic stress. 

He is the author of the best-selling book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (Norton, 2018), which debuted as a #1 New Release on Amazon and has been incorporated into multiple teacher-training programs worldwide. 

A passionate advocate for trauma-sensitive approaches to mindfulness and meditation, David currently travels the world teaching trauma-sensitive work to “mindfulness providers”—meditation and yoga teachers, therapists and coaches utilizing mindfulness practices, educators and religious teachers, and other practitioners. 

David has also focused on developing strategic partnerships inside of trauma-sensitive mindfulness work. From Brown University’s Center for Mindfulness, to Spirit Rock Meditation Center, to the Search Inside Yourself Mindfulness Program developed at Google, David builds bridges with his work and is committed to answering the call for developing trauma-sensitive approaches to mindfulness practice. 

David is widely regarded as a skillful thought-leader and advocate who embodies core principles of trauma-sensitive practice. Integrating contemporary research with experiential practices, he’s at his best when leading an engaged learning community. 

Join David for Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: 
Widening the Window of Tolerance and Supporting Trauma Recovery

Here’s What Participants are Saying About Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

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“David’s teaching is well paced and thorough, and his curriculum is masterfully crafted. He embodies trauma-sensitivity in his approach to professional training and in how he manages online communications. I felt safe in community with him.”

KRISTY ARBON
Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, founder of HeartWorks Training

“David’s work has been invaluable to students during my mindfulness classes to outpatient veterans. Introducing the principles of trauma-sensitive mindfulness beginning with the orientation session has made it easier for veterans with any trauma, whether it be combat, sexual, or other, to gain a better understanding of themselves throughout the course. ”

RICH COHEN
Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Hospital, Florida

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“As a result of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness online course, I am feeling empowered and validated in my mindfulness teaching and clinical work. My experience learning from David has enlivened my confidence in my own creativity, while at the same time, boosting trust that I will continue to find ways to preserve the integrity of the programs, structures, and approaches to mindfulness practice that I offer.”

CASSONDRA GRAFF, M.S., LCSW
Psychotherapist and Mindfulness-Based Teacher, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

A Module-by-Module Course Overview

Orientation

Meeting the Moment: Activating a Community of Advanced TSM Practitioners

In the Orientation Module, we’ll join together as a community of mindfulness providers to orient to the Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course. We’ll cover the core promises of the course, establish community agreements, and embark on a powerful fourteen weeks together.

In the Orientation Session, you’ll also: 

  • Become familiar with the online learning community platform and receive direction about how to get the most out of your time in the course;

  • Receive an overview of what you can expect from the course, and ways the course will build on distinctions you’ve already made;

  • Discover personal trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices that you can adopt throughout the course as a way to deepen your learning.

Module One

Mindful Gauges: Empowering Trauma Survivors on their Path to Recovery

In this module, we’ll discuss a foundational trauma-sensitive practice that is key to safely expanding one’s window of tolerance: mindful gauges. Mindful gauges are a way to evaluate one’s response to different stimuli in the present moment. As we’ll discuss in the module, mindful gauges are an invaluable tool for all trauma survivors that support choice, agency, and, ultimately, trauma recovery.

In Module One, you’ll also:

  • Receive a refresher on the Window of Tolerance and how it relates to trauma-sensitive mindfulness;

  • Discover case studies of students and clients that have successfully used mindful gauges in their practice and work;

  • Learn practices that you can try during the course to improve your mindful gauges, and support how you offer this tool to others.

PART ONE
Classroom Session
Released April 6th
 

PART TWO
Guest Faculty Session
Released April 9th
 

PART THREE
Course Engagement Session
Live, April 13th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

PART FOUR
Community Practice Session
Live, April 16th 5pm-6pm PT and/or April 18th 9am-10am PT

Module One Guest Faculty Session Features:

Babette Rothschild

Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, is the author of five books on trauma, including the bestselling The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (Norton, 2000, 2017). Babette also coined the term “mindful gauges” which we’ll be talking about in this session and how it applies to trauma-sensitive mindfulness.

Module Two

Generating Safety: Offering Embodied Practices that Support Choice and Agency

In Module Two, we’ll take a deep dive into the relevance of safety in trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Specifically, you will learn embodied mindfulness practices you can offer clients and students to help generate safety in their lives. We’ll do this by adopting principles and techniques from somatic psychology and trauma theory. Rather than “talk” about safety conceptually, we can offer practices that establish a visceral sense of safety that supports trauma recovery.

In Module Two, you’ll also:

  • Discover how basic, embodied practices around consent can generate an embodied sense of safety within those you’re working with;

  • Learn how phase-oriented trauma treatment holds relevance for interventions in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, and how these insights can support you as a mindfulness provider;

  • Integrate a rigorous understanding of social context into practices around safety and help build trust with those you serve.

PART ONE
Classroom Session
Released April 20th 

PART TWO
Guest Faculty Session
Released April 23rd

PART THREE
Course Engagement Session
Live, April 27th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

PART FOUR
Community Practice Session
Live, April 30th 5pm-6pm PT and/or May 2nd 9am-10am PT

Module Two Guest Faculty Session Features:

Staci K. Haines

Staci K. Haines is author of the books The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice (North Atlantic, 2019) and Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma (Cleis, 2007). She is also a co-founder of generative somatics—a multiracial organization bringing somatics and trauma healing to social and environmental justice organizations. Staci is an expert at helping people self-generate safety through somatic practice, and brings decades of experience to this conversation. 

Module Three

Trauma and Resilience: Helping Survivors Widen their Window of Tolerance

In Module Three, we’ll explore the relationship between trauma, mindfulness, and resilience. Defined as our ability to bounce back from difficult and overwhelming situations, resilience is an essential part of trauma-sensitive mindfulness.

In Module Three, you’ll also discover:

  • How resilience helps people avoid the pitfalls of over-attending to traumatic stimuli;

  • The ways that mindful awareness and resilience serve as “two-wings” within trauma-sensitive mindfulness;

  • How resilience can help establish areas of safety in the body that can help people safely widen their window of tolerance.

PART ONE
Classroom Session
Released May 4th

PART TWO
Guest Faculty Session
Released May 7th

PART THREE
Course Engagement Session
Live, May 11th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

PART FOUR
Community Practice Session
Live, May 14th 5pm-6pm PT and/or May 16th 9am-10am PT

Module Three Guest Faculty Session Features:

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Resilient (Random House, 2018), Hardwiring Happiness (Random House, 2013), and Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009), and he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and has taught in meditation centers worldwide. Hanson is also a longtime mindfulness practitioner and an expert on the neuroscience of resilience, making him the perfect guest faculty for this conversation.

Module Four

Trauma-Sensitive Body Scans: Developing Best Practices

In this module, we’ll take an in-depth look at offering body scans in a trauma-sensitive way. From cultural adaptations of a body scan to best practices before, during, and after practice, this comprehensive module will provide advanced training in offering body scans of any duration.

In Module Four, you’ll also:

  • Be introduced to research about the benefits of body-scans for trauma survivors;

  • Discover why body scans can be dysregulating for trauma survivors and specific ways to support them;

  • Learn specific, trauma-sensitive adaptations for working with people who are differently-abled (e.g., those who are parapalegic).

PART ONE
Classroom Session
Released May 18th

PART TWO
Guest Faculty Session
Released May 21st

PART THREE
Course Engagement Session
Live, May 26th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

PART FOUR
Community Practice Session
Live, May 28th 5pm-6pm PT and/or May 30th 9am-10am PT

Module Four Guest Faculty Session Features:

Paula Ramírez Diazgranados

Paula Ramírez Diazgranados is co-founder of Colombia-based non-profit organization Breathe International, which promotes mindfulness for peacebuilding in conflict-affected areas all over the world. Paula has offered trauma-sensitive mindfulness within the United Nations, working closely with humanitarian workers and trauma survivors in South Sudan, Colombia, Nepal, and most recently with the displaced Rohingya refugee community in Bangladesh. She has developed trauma-sensitive body scans in multiple contexts and brings over a decade of experience to the conversation.

Module Five

Mindful Self-Compassion: Exploring Trauma, Mindfulness, and Shame

In Module Five, we’ll explore the power of mindful self-compassion in trauma-sensitive practice. Mindful self-compassion combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, offering a powerful tool that supports resilience and helps people widen their window of tolerance.

In Module Five, you’ll also:

  • Discover practices that support working with shame, a common consequence of surviving traumatic experiences;

  • Integrate research on mindful self-compassion and how this connects to trauma;

  • Learn guided, experiential practices you can offer to students and clients to support their process of recovery.

PART ONE
Classroom Session
Released June 1st

PART TWO
Guest Faculty Session
Released June 4th

PART THREE
Course Engagement Session
Live, June 8th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

PART FOUR
Community Practice Session
Live, June 11th 5pm-6pm PT and/or June 13th 9am-10am PT

Module Five Guest Faculty Session Features:

Christopher Germer

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. He is the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and is a founding faculty member of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Harvard Medical School. Germer has a keen interest in the relationship between mindfulness, shame, trauma, and compassion.

Sydney Spears

Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW, LSCSW, TCTSY-F, is a licensed clinical social worker, adaptive yoga facilitator, mindfulness instructor and professor in the Kansas City area. She is passionately committed to advancing social justice efforts through providing and maintaining a non-oppressive, trauma-sensitive, and culturally responsive practice.

Module Six

Truth, Reality, and Social Context: Creating Belonging in a Time of Division

In Module Six, we’ll discuss how to create belonging in the settings you work within—without disappearing dynamics of power and social context. Using a trauma-sensitive lens, we will explore practices that integrate a systemic understanding and work to build safety and trust.

In Module Six, you’ll also:

  • Hear strategies to help navigate the tension between “truth” that we are all equal and the “reality” of being treated differently because of our identity.

  • Discover embodied mindfulness practices that support dignity at individual and collective levels and staying with discomfort;

  • Learn about the ways that social context connects to systems theory and the window of tolerance and how this can support us as a trauma-sensitive mindfulness provider.

PART ONE
Classroom Session
Released June 15th

PART TWO
Guest Faculty Session
Released June 18th

PART THREE
Course Engagement Session
Live, June 22nd – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

PART FOUR
Community Practice Session
Live, June 25th 5pm-6pm PT and/or June 27th 9am-10am PT

Module Six Guest Faculty Session Features:

Rhonda Magee

Rhonda Magee, JD, is a professor of law at the University of San Francisco and author of the book The Inner Work Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (Random House, 2019). Also trained in sociology and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Rhonda is a highly practiced facilitator of trauma-sensitive, restorative MBSR interventions and for minimizing the effects of social-identity-based bias.

Module Seven

Radical Compassion: Transforming Ourselves and the World with Mindfulness

In this final module of the course, we’ll explore all that mindfulness makes possible in terms of trauma recovery. From safety and resilience to self-compassion, we’ll tie together the modules of the course to support your path forward as a mindfulness provider. This module will focus on the way mindfulness can help us turn and face suffering with compassion, and how we can be the most effective trauma-sensitive mindfulness practitioners going forward.

In Module Seven, you’ll also:

  • Discover how a historical understanding of trauma supports our effectiveness as a trauma-sensitive mindfulness provider;

  • Learn practices that support compassion for self and others in the midst of trauma recovery;

  • Tailor all theory and practice to the particular context you offer mindfulness within, and leave motivated, empowered, and prepared for your path ahead.

PART ONE
Classroom Session
Released June 29th

PART TWO
Guest Faculty Session
Released July 2nd

PART THREE
Course Engagement Session
Live, July 6th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

PART FOUR
Community Practice Session
Live, July 9th 5pm-6pm PT and/or July 11th 9am-10am PT

Module Seven Guest Faculty Session Features:

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a meditation teacher and author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003) and True Refuge: Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2013). One of the most distinctive voices in Western Buddhism, Tara’s teachings often focus on the possibility of healing and spiritual awakening through mindful, loving awareness. She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC—one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the United States—and co-founded the Awareness Training Institute with Jack Kornfield.

Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness*
Course Materials and Resources

Here’s what you’ll receive during this Seven-Module, 14-week online course:

  • Seven, 60-minute Classroom Sessions where David will present on a principle of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness
    (pre-recorded)
  • Seven, 60-minute Guest Faculty Sessions where David will interview a special guests on that module’s content
    (pre-recorded)
  • Seven, 90-minute LIVE Course Engagement Sessions designed to focus on the previous week’s modules and answer any specific questions you have.  Recordings available.
  • Fourteen, 60-minute LIVE Community Practice Sessions led by TSM Community Leaders trained by David. These leaders will be available to serve as mentors and guides throughout the course, offering you their wisdom and support.
  • A live, 75-minute Course Orientation where David will provide an overview of the curriculum and guest faculty, establish shared agreements, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Exclusive access to an engaged, Online Learning Community where you will have ample resources to support your learning. All course materials, reading lists, and discussion threads will be housed on the online learning community.

*Prerequisite: In order to be eligible to participate in the Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course you must complete Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: The Practitioners Guide to Recognizing Trauma, Responding Skillfully and Preventing Retraumatization. Email Support@davidtreleaven.com for details on completing this prerequisite.

David Will Be Joined By The Following Guest Faculty Members:

Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

Begins Monday, March 30th, 2020

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Pay In Full Tuition

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We’re so confident in the value Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness delivers that we offer a full, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee if you decide you want to cancel your registration within 14 days of the start of the course. You can even keep any early-registration bonuses you receive – at no cost.

A Limited-Time Early Registration Bonus

Register before Midnight Pacific time on Friday, November 22nd and you’ll receive The Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Special Areas of Focus Workshop Series ($200 value)

Given the increased specialization of trauma-sensitive mindfulness providers, we’ve created an exclusive bonus bundle with two advanced, pre-recorded workshops to deepen your focused learning:

THE BONUS WORKSHOP SERIES INCLUDES:

PART ONE
Dissociation and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: A Conversation with Christine Forner

In this workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into the relationship between mindfulness, trauma, and dissociation. What are mindfulness practices that best support someone who is experiencing trauma-related dissociation?  How can we best orient to dissociation as a trauma-sensitive mindfulness provider?

Christine Forner, MSW, is president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is author of the book Dissociation, Mindfulness, and Creative Interventions (Routledge, 2017), and teaches locally and internationally on dissociation, mindfulness, and trauma. 

PART TWO
Mindfulness, Trauma, and Chronic Pain: A Conversation with Jackie Gardner-Nix and
Allen Steverman

This workshop explores how to facilitate evidence-based, trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices designed to help manage chronic pain. Interviewing two experts about their hard-won lessons in the field, you’ll learn how to incorporate a deeper understanding of chronic pain (including trauma-sensitive modifications) into your toolkit.

Jackie Gardner-Nix, PhD, is a Chronic Pain Physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia at the University of Toronto. Trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), she evolved the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management program within MBSR, and authored the book The Mindfulness Solution to Pain: A Step by Step Guide for Working With Chronic Pain (New Harbinger, 2009).

Dr. Allen Steverman is a family physician in Montreal, Canada, with a focused practice in chronic pain. Dr. Steverman has been teaching the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management course in both French and English in Quebec, and is an instructor with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies for the certificate program in Applied Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management.

This powerful bonus bundle is valued at $200.
And you’ll receive it at no additional charge when you register for
Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness
by Midnight Pacific Time on Friday, November 22nd.

*Register Now and Save $100*

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Pay In Full Tuition

$1,497

regular tuition

$1,397

1x Payment

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$386.75

regular tuition

$311.75

4x Payments

100% Money-Back
Satisfaction Guarantee

We’re so confident in the value Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness delivers that we offer a full, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee if you decide you want to cancel your registration within 14 days of the start of the course. You can even keep any early-registration bonuses you receive – at no cost.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Both. Each module has four components:

(1) a 60-minute Classroom Session taught by David (pre-recorded);

(2) a 45-60 minute Guest Faculty Session where David is joined by an expert in the field (pre-recorded);

(3) a 90-minute Course Engagement Session led by David to engage in Q&A and practice (held live online).

(4) a 60-minute Community Practice Session led by a senior TSM teacher trained by David (held live online).

Yes, absolutely. All Course Engagement Sessions will be recorded and available for download. 

This course is offered as a professional training for mindfulness providers. While some benefits may result from learning or practices, it is not intended to be an individual trauma healing course.

If you’re taking the course explicitly to heal your own trauma, this course will likely not be a good fit for you. Given the ubiquity of trauma exposure, however, it’s common that a mindfulness provider taking the course will have experienced trauma, and we encourage you to pace yourself and be self-responsive as you move through the material. There’s also a 14-day money back guarantee with the course, so if you take the course and find that it’s not a good fit, you can always ask for a refund.

You will have guaranteed access for 12 months to all sessions following the completion of the course.

Yes, for groups of 5 or larger. Please email us at support@davidtreleaven.com to inquire. 

Yes, we have scholarships available for this course. Given that trauma disproportinantely impacts marginalized communities, these scholarships will prioritize people of color, poor and working class folks, and others who are marginalized by systems of oppression and subsequently have less access to resources. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please reach out to us at: support@davidtreleaven.com

We are currently moving through the steps required to obtain CE’s for the Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course. Although we’re committed to having them available by the start of the training on March 30th, because we’re still in the middle of the application process, we can’t guarantee them. Keep in mind that we offer a full money back guarantee through the first 14 days of Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness. So, if you register for the training and for some unexpected reason the CE’s do not become available, you can obtain a refund on your course tuition during the first two weeks of the course.

Here’s What Some of the World’s Top Leaders in Mindfulness Are
Saying About David and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness:

Jon-Kabat-Zinn

“An essential ‘upgrade’ for anyone who thinks of her or himself as a mindfulness teacher, or is in training to become one. Respect for the ubiquity of trauma in our world and its multiplicity of harmful and enduring aftermaths is essential in teaching any mindfulness-based intervention to others, particularly in large and diverse classes, whether in person or online. David Treleaven has done us all a great service to articulate this landscape so clearly and compassionately, and suggest how to navigate it in skillful and emotionally intelligent ways—while recognizing and honoring in every moment the sovereignty, profound strengths, and potential for resilience of even the most wounded of us—the wholeness and beauty that holds the scars and invites great healing.”

JON KABAT-ZINN, Ph.D.
Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and author of Full Catastrophe Living and The Healing Power of Mindfulness

“David’s work on trauma-sensitive mindfulness is providing much needed clarity on this vital issue. The trauma adaptations are practical and very doable for mindfulness teachers once we understand the principles underpinning trauma issues. It is heartening for us that his approach is sensitively integrated with awareness of social justice, and so trauma awareness becomes part of a wider direction towards deeper literacy about the realities of inequality, exclusion and lack of diversity in the mindfulness space. His book is now on the essential reading list for our students!”

REBECCA CRANE, Ph.D.
Director, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, UK, author ofMindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (CBT Distinctive Features)

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“What a timely gift David Treleaven has offered us with this book! David walks us along the path with curiosity, solid research, stories of individuals woven with stories of historical and modern movements, and clear tangible practices for anyone who is teaching and guiding mindfulness meditation. An accessible and loving guide through the complex territory of trauma and healing.”

ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN
Author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good

“Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness is a much-needed addition to our field. With mindfulness going mainstream in corporate, mental health, education, and other settings, it’s critical that those charged with teaching have sufficient knowledge of how trauma might impact practice. . .This is a must read for mindfulness teachers in all settings!”

SAM HIMELSTEIN, Ph.D.
Author of Trauma-Informed Mindfulness with Teens

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susan

“David Treleaven’s expertise is beyond valuable for students in our meditation instructor training programs—it is essential. We can no longer imagine training meditation teachers without including his wisdom. He has helped ensure that we send teachers out into the world who can recognize and skillfully respond to those who experience trauma. He is a trusted resource for making sure that mindfulness is presented, not as a panacea for everything, but as gateway to true healing. We could not appreciate him more. “

SUSAN PIVER
Founder, The Open Heart Project, author of The Four Noble Truths of Love

“Integrating Dr. Treleaven’s wisdom, the mindfulness movement can gain an inclusive and trauma-informed vision which the practices truly need for integrity and effectiveness. If you are a mindfulness teacher or practitioner, Treleaven’s book should be required reading to receive the profound benefits of mindfulness while practicing in a safe and nourishing way.”

DANIEL RECHTSHAFFEN, MA, MFT
Founder of the Mindful Education Institute and the Omega Mindfulness in Education conference, and author of The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students

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About David Treleaven

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of the acclaimed book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community — a group committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs.

Through workshops, keynotes, podcasts, and online education, David focuses on offering mindfulness providers with the knowledge and tools they require to meet the needs of those struggling with trauma. He is passionate about connecting his audience with on-the-ground experts, and is closely engaged with current empirical research to inform best practices.

His work has been adopted into multiple mindfulness teacher training programs around the world, including UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and Bangor University’s MA in Mindfulness program in the UK. 

He’s currently a visiting scholar at Brown University (partnering with the Brown Mindfulness Center), and has worked with a number of organizations to bring trauma-sensitive mindfulness to their staff and programs. Some include:

  • Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, developed at Google
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
  • Institute for Mindfulness South Africa
  • UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
  • The Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and New Zealand

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