Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Teaching (TIMT) is a program developed by Kristy Arbon to address the growing awareness of how important it is for teachers of mindfulness, self-compassion and other contemplative practices to be more trauma-informed. TIMT helps skill up contemplative teachers so that they can support their community members through the principles of a trauma-informed approach, as identified by The US National Center for Trauma-Informed Care.
Realizing the widespread impact of trauma
TIMT content is based on research about the widespread impact of trauma. Trauma affects individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. In the US, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) showed that childhood trauma was common amongst all groups of people in American society – two thirds of the 17,000 people in the ACE Study had experienced at least one kind of trauma in their childhood.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in community members
TIMT helps us to recognize the physical, social and behavioral signs and symptoms of trauma in community members. Given the widespread nature of trauma and our individual traumatic stress adaptations, many of us are not even aware that we are responding from a protective place because of stress from our past. TIMT helps to normalize these responses in service of healing.
Understanding potential roads of recovery
The TIMT approach helps us understand potential roads of recovery for our community members. Recovery happens through learning to skillfully and safely connect with ourselves and with others so that we have resources to support our healing and our ongoing emotional resiliency.
Responding by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
TIMT helps us to respond to the effects of trauma by integrating knowledge about the prevalence of trauma, signs and symptoms of trauma, and potential roads of recovery into policies, procedures, and practices in our individual work and in the work of our institutions.
Seeking to actively resist re-traumatization
Programs cannot guarantee participants won’t be triggered, but we can endeavor to set a container that offers as much protection as we can, while at the same time allowing participants to move within their optimal zone of learning and growth. TIMT offers guidelines on how to implement new organizational behaviors in response to learning from instances of triggering or re-traumatization within community members. TIMT also helps us learn how to respond swiftly to address a stressful situation in the moment and into the future.
Below are the topics we’ll explore in the TIMT program:
This community journey is for contemplative teachers including coaches, therapists, bodyworkers, yoga instructors, meditation teachers, and anyone teaching or living from a heart-centered place who wants to feel more confident showing up in a trauma-informed way and being a part of collective healing in community.
Kristy Arbon will facilitate our explorations. Kristy teaches self-compassion and mindfulness – with an emphasis on trauma-sensitivity – online and in person; mentors individuals and professionals in their trauma-informed teaching and self-compassion practice; trains meditation teachers in trauma-informed skills; and writes articles to support the study and practice of trauma response, mindfulness and self-compassion. Coming from her own story of trauma, she is passionate about being a part of changing our culture toward being more kind, accepting and trauma-informed.
Kristy is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher who has a Bachelor of Psychology, a post-graduate Bachelor of Social Work and a Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. She has completed Internal Family Systems Level 1 training, Somatic Experiencing Level 1 training, Singing Over the Bones archetypal facilitator training and Sensory Modulation & Trauma Informed Care: An Introduction training. She is a member of the Dedicated Practitioner Program in David Treleaven’s Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness training and UCSD’s Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute.
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