David Treleaven

David Treleaven, PhD, 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.

Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness

a weekend with
David Treleaven
May 28+29, 2022

From primary schools to MBSR courses to psychotherapeutic practices, mindfulness meditation has established itself in many areas of society. At the same time, trauma is a fact of our lives: Almost everyone is confronted with a traumatic event at some point – and some develop post-traumatic stress. This means that wherever mindfulness is practised, there will be someone struggling with trauma.

Trauma is an extreme form of stress and mindfulness is a proven tool for stress reduction and so mindfulness seems like a good thing. Yet the reality is more complex and challenging.

Recent research suggests that mindfulness interventions can either help or limit trauma survivors. This raises a crucial question for mindfulness educators everywhere: How can they minimise the potential dangers of mindfulness for trauma survivors while reaping its immense benefits?

In this training, trauma specialist David Treleaven will introduce you to tools you need to teach mindfulness in a safe, effective and trauma-sensitive way.

Regardless of teaching experience, anyone offering contemplative practices will benefit from this seminar, including therapists, coaches and mindfulness, meditation, school, yoga or religious education teachers.