Trauma Education & Consultation Services, Inc.
Training + Coaching + Supervision

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Strategic Trauma & Abuse Recovery (S.T.A.R.): A Detailed Map for Healing

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When: TBA

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily

Cost: $200 early registration (more than 15 days in advance)

        $250 regular registration (14 days in advance)

Where: Eagle’s Landing Christian Counseling Center, Inc

 MOVED due to large turnout: 2400 Hwy 42N,

  McDonough, GA 30253

Description: STAR is an evidence-informed, spiritually integrated, structured process for conducting trauma recovery education and treatment. The Backbone of S.T.A.R. is The 3 Progressive Phases of Trauma and Abuse Recovery©. These 3 phases are further broken down into 12 stages, which provides for transitions and breaks down the process in a simpler fashion. The stages provide a strategy for moving through the healing process, much like a map. It gives both providers and clients a structure to use as they move together through the healing process.


STAR is evidence informed meaning:

1. It is Source-focused as suggested by SAMHSA’s Trauma Best-Practices standards.

2. It is built around the elements suggested by research on the Contextual Model and includes a healing setting, a believable and acceptable explanation or rationale for the problems the client is experiencing and a specific method for resolving them, a safe, emotionally charged relationship with a healer or healing person, and a structured procedure or ritual which requires the involvement of both the client and the healer to bring about the cure or healing, (Wampold, et al, 2009).

3. It follows the 3 phases of recovery identified by Judith Herman (1997), safety, grieving, and reconnecting.

4. It utilizes structured writing that focuses on actual historical traumatic events which has been found to be as effective as EMD/R (Largo-Marsh, and Spates, 2002) and has shown to have a significant health impact (Pennebaker and Stone p. 204, 2004).

5. The processing structure facilitates relationship factors suggested by the American Psychological Association, Division 29 (2000), including empathy, alliance, cohesion, goal consensus, and collaboration while blocking factors shown to interfere including confrontations, negative processes, assumptions, therapist centricity, rigidity, Ostrich behavior, and “Procrustean Bed” treatment models (Wampold et al, 2009).

6. It is spiritually integrated because studies have shown that people who view God as a warm and caring, lovable friend and who view their religion as supportive are more likely to have positive health outcomes than those who take a negative view of God and their religion (Ellis, 2000).

The structure brings together these various elements and integrates them into 3 Progressive Phases© which are further broken down into 12 Strategic Stages© to provide a road map for both treatment providers and their clients. Counselors and clients aren’t left wondering, “What’s next?” Because the structure provides for that.


Participants will receive a training manual which includes all materials as well as access to the back-office where they can download additional materials and handouts to use with clients.

(Read MORE and see an outline of the training)

Goals and Objectives: Through slide presentation, lecture, & discussion  and role-play, participants should be able to:

1. Participants will apply “Source-focused thinking” to case scenarios.

2. Participants will Practice Applying S.T.A.R. to scripted scenarios.

3. Participants will leave with a plan for how to implement S.T.A.R. in their current practice.



CEUs: 13 core hours have been approved  by  the LPCA, and NASW-GA . LMFT can count as 13 related hours.


Registration and Payment Information: $250 includes CEUs.  (Lunch on your own.) *There are no refunds for missed workshops or cancellations. However, you will be offered opportunities to attend other workshops within the same 12 month period.* Please view the complete list of Training Policies before registering.



Please register in advance by:

1. Online by clicking on the Pay Now button above to complete your registration and payment. After payment has been accepted, you will be redirected to a confirmation page with instructions for the workshop. (Preferred method)

2. Telephone at 678-289-6981, and include your email address for an email confirmation; or

3. Click here to print a registration form to complete and mail or fax.