Migration - Trauma - Resilience

Addressing the Impact and Trauma of Migration Seminar (AITM)

Stressors and traumagenic events abound in the migration experience. The Migration Trauma and Resilience Team collaborates with institutions, receiving communities and mobile populations with the objective of mitigating harms, addressing wounds, strengthening resilience and promoting healthy integration through facilitated workshops, educational materials and follow-up mentoring. Trauma and resilience-informed individuals and communities will be better equipped to ensure the overall wellbeing of human mobile populations, service providers and the receiving community.

During a seminar, participants will be provided with an integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework for understanding trauma and resilience which includes:

  • Examining the stressors and traumagenic events during the migration experience - leaving home, the journey, resettlement, and integration into the new society.
  • Gaining awareness of the impact of stress and trauma on the body/brain (nervous system), beliefs (meaning making) and behavior of individuals and communities.
  • Understanding how unaddressed trauma of migration contributes to cycles of harm in the family and the receiving community and the multigenerational impact of these cycles.
  • Learning strategies and practical tools for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of harm and building resilience – individual and collective.
  • Being trauma and resilience-informed with tools to use personally and professionally.
  • Having access to follow-up coaching when needed.

The core content of this seminar is based on the STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) concepts and framework from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.  (www.emu.edu/star)  This community-based trauma awareness program brings together learnings from neurobiology, trauma, restorative justice and conflict transformation and has been used worldwide since 2001.  More information about the STAR concepts, adaptations and impact can be found in the reference documents below.

This seminar is essential for the work of:

  • resettlement agencies
  • social services providers
  • community-based support groups - migrant-to-migrant, faith groups
  • immigration legal aid providers
  • educational institutions working with immigrant/refugee populations
  • migration advocacy groups


Languages spoken by team:

  • English and Spanish
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Addressing the Impact and Trauma of Migration

SEMINAR Workbook

Purchase a PDF download below. 

For more information contact: elaine.barge@emu.edu or SauloPadilla@mcc.org

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The Little Book of Trauma Healing by Carolyn Yoder is a reference book for the seminar.  It was first published in 2005 and revised in 2020.  It is avaiilable on Amazon

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Addressing the Impact and Trauma of Migration
SEMINAR Workbook purchase (PDF download)

AITM PDF purchase
Price: $15.00
Price: $15.00

Core Team Members

Elaine Zook Barge

Specializes in trauma and resilience

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Vern Jantzi

Specializes in restorative justice and trauma healing and resilience

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Saulo Padilla

Specializes in trauma and resilience

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Everett Ressler

HDPi Executive Director, specializes in child protection and care and protection of unaccompanied children.

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Alejandra Delascasas

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Sharon Shumaker

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