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Background:

David Treleaven, PhD, is an acclaimed author, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. Utilizing contemporary research to inform best practices, David has offered workshops on trauma-sensitive mindfulness at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as keynote speeches at the Omega Institute in New York and the Institute for Mindfulness in South Africa in Johannesburg. Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, he received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University. You can find out more about David, his teachings, and his book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness at www.davidtreleaven.com

Episode highlights:

  • David discusses his experiences and challenges with meditation

  • Why mindfulness is not always beneficial

  • We explore what trauma is, and why David believes that a greater understanding of trauma can make the benefits of mindfulness even more powerful

  • We discuss ways to stay engaged and present in difficult conversations

  • How organizations and leaders can build more positive and inclusive cultures

  • Practical strategies to stay grounded when triggered or overwhelmed

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