Anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room 
will likely be struggling with trauma. 

Are you prepared to support them?

If you’re reading this, you know how powerful mindfulness can be. 

Perhaps you’ve experienced several of its benefits, such as increased mental clarity, enhanced emotional regulation, and a more persistent sense of ease.

Because of this, you may also be offering mindfulness practices to others—as a meditation or yoga teacher, for instance, or as a therapist, coach, or religious or classroom teacher. Inspired by what mindfulness can provide, you’ve taken on the responsibility of guiding people through practices that can significantly improve the quality of their lives.

But are you aware of the challenges people struggling with trauma can face when practicing mindfulness?

Trauma is a fact of life. The majority of us will experience a traumatic event in our lifetime, and some of us will develop post-traumatic stress.  

This means that in any setting where mindfulness is being taught, there’s a high probability that someone in the room has a history of trauma.

Is this something you’re prepared for?

Do you know how to recognize trauma in your students or clients, and respond to it skillfully? 

And are you equipped with the right tools and strategies to help people avoid retraumatization?

Join David on Wednesday, September 4th at 9am P.T. 
for The Truth About Mindfulness and Trauma

Can’t join us live on Wednesday, September 4th? Register here and we’ll gladly send you the event recording.

Join David for
The Truth About Mindfulness and Trauma

When it comes to trauma, mindfulness practice is a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, mindfulness can nurture trauma survivors by increasing body awareness, bolstering the capacity for attention, and encouraging emotional regulation—all essential aspects of trauma recovery.  

But practiced without an awareness of trauma, mindfulness can exacerbate trauma symptoms. Instructed to pay close, sustained attention to their inner world, survivors can experience flashbacks, dissociation, heightened emotional arousal, and even retraumatization. 

Without intending it, we lead people directly into the heart of wounds that require more than mindful attention to heal. 

But why is this the case? How is it that a practice that’s been proven to reduce stress ends up exacerbating it?

Discover the Risks Mindfulness Practice Holds For Trauma Survivors So You Can Keep Your Students and Clients Safe

To assist your students or clients who are wrestling with trauma,
the first step is to understand where they might struggle.

Awareness is key.

With this in mind, author and educator David Treleaven, PhD, has created The Truth About Mindfulness and Trauma—a live, no-charge, online event designed to support mindfulness teachers and practitioners to become aware of the inherent risks of mindfulness practice for trauma survivors—and to promote safe, transformative practice.

During this 75-minute event, David will reveal:

  • Three common mistakes mindfulness teachers make when offering practices to students and clients;

  • How to identify “at risk” students and clients who are dealing with traumatic stress; 

  • Current empirical research on mindfulness and trauma, and how this can inform best practices; 

  • Why mindfulness is so difficult—if not impossible—to cultivate for people who are struggling with trauma;

  • The reason that paying attention to one’s breath can lead to dysregulation or dissociation; 

  • The crucial relationship between “interoceptive” and “exteroceptive” sensations—and why this is central to protecting trauma survivors.

Join David as he illuminates the risks trauma survivors may confront in mindfulness practice so you’re prepared to identify trauma and respond effectively.

Register For The Truth About Mindfulness and Trauma 
At No-Charge Now

 

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About David Treleaven

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer, educator, and trauma professional working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Informative Healing (W. W. Norton, 2018), which author of Hardwiring Happiness Rick Hanson, PhD, called “a rare combination of solid scholarship, clinically useful methods, and passionate advocacy for those who have suffered trauma.” David is also the 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 need to meet the demands 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.

David’s TSM framework 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, and has worked with a number of organizations to bring trauma-sensitive mindfulness to their staff and programs (e.g., Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, developed at Google, University of Massachusetts Medical School, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society).

© David Treleaven, 2019.