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Community, Healing, Purpose.
Creating healing through community to build meaningful lives

The Academy is a fellowship of people-loving adventurers created for community first responders and volunteers with a vision to create connection through education, experiential training, and disaster response.

The Academy is a space created to bring together like-minded and like-hearted people who want to connect in fellowship with others, who want to learn and become equipped to respond to local, national and international disasters with excellence, who want to serve from a place of resilience and post-traumatic growth, and who want to experience joy, altruism and deep meaning. We believe in accompaniment, in long term strategic partnerships, in drinking coffee, sharing stories and eating food together.

The Academy specifically aims to equip the local community, first responders, volunteers and anyone interested in psychological first aid and disaster response, through experiential educational trainings, certifications and adventure-disaster deployment trips.

We offer trainings throughout the year that are accredited by the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, that fulfill partial requirements for several certifications with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. Use this link to read about GCAT membership and Levels of Certifications /

In order to travel and deploy with the Beautiful Minds Trauma Team,, all participants are required to be at minimum Certified Field Traumatologists in addition to each deployment trip specific requirements.

Beautiful Minds Project Academy of Trauma Studies and Disaster Response is accredited by

The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology is an international, humanitarian assistance, non-profit corporation, established in 1997 to bring together world leaders in the study of traumatology for the purpose of establishing and maintaining professionalism and high standards in the care of trauma victims and responders throughout the world.

Upcoming Workshops and Trainings

Registration Fees are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable

The Beautiful Minds Project Academy is a registered 501(C)3 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION (all Academy workshops are tax-deductible)

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Assessment and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Workshop

Loyal Coffee Meeting Room 11550 Ridgeline Dr., Colorado Springs, CO, United States

This training addresses assessment, treatment and diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Public domain assessment and current intervention treatment strategies explored in relation to disaster and chronic trauma.   In this...

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TWO DAY TRAINING: Understanding and Treating Sexual Trauma Workshop

Loyal Coffee Meeting Room 11550 Ridgeline Dr., Colorado Springs, CO, United States

This course initially focuses on dysfunctional family systems and how incest and molestation alter the family structure in harmful ways. This course will also look at typical diagnostic categories stemming...

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Psychological First Aid Workshop

Loyal Coffee Meeting Room 11550 Ridgeline Dr., Colorado Springs, CO, United States

The focus of psychological first aid is to understand the wide range of needs of survivors across the developmental life span. Emphasis is placed on cultural awareness, flexible methodology, and...

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Meet the Director and Trainer

Dr. Alina Garbuz, PhD is Clinical Traumatologist, Licensed Professional Counselor (OK, CO, TX), Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant, Amen Clinics Certified Brain Health Coach and Professional Life Coach who runs her private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her co-therapist golden retriever Nala. Dr. Garbuz specializes in PTSD, Complex Trauma, Attachment and Relational Trauma, Suicide and Traumatic Bereavement, Disaster Trauma and International Trauma.

Alina and her family moved to the United States as refugees in 1995. Since pursuing her career in Global Mental Health/Missions/Cultural Anthropology at 17 years old, Alina has traveled the world with several humanitarian organizations. In 2017 she started Beautiful Minds Project, a non-profit organization of “people and adventure loving humans” that brings practical and culturally relevant healing programs, education and training to populations suffering from psychological and emotional trauma caused by war conflict, natural disasters, poverty, sexual abuse, and injustice.

In 2023 Alina decided to expand the Beautiful Minds Project into an Academy for Trauma Studies and Disaster Response, with a new focus in bringing great experiential trainings to the the local community, including first responders, volunteers, and anyone interested. The Academy for Trauma Studies and Disaster Response is accredited by The Green Cross Academy for Traumatology as a training site.

Dr. Alina Garbuz believes that the human journey towards wholeness, integration, meaning and purpose cannot be accomplished alone. We all need each other.

Check out our recent trips to Ukraine, Cameroon, Poland and more on Instagram!

Trauma Certification

Beautiful Minds Project Academy has partnered with the Green Cross Academy for Traumatology to offer certification courses leading to five separate levels of Trauma certification.

The Certified Traumatologist credential is recognized by the Veteran’s Administration (VA), Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), Volunteer Organizations Amid Disaster (VOAD), and other response agencies.

The workshops are offered both on-site in Colorado Springs or online through a virtual classroom.

Certifications available through Green Cross Academy for Traumatology and Requirements– Completion of workshops are often one step in the process of Certification. Participants must become a member of Green Cross through application and annual dues to receive and to maintain Certification for which they qualify. Previous training from other organization are evaluated for credit and acceptance on an individual basis. All certification levels require application to the Green Cross Academy for Traumatology and maintaining membership to maintain Certification(s).

The Five Certifications

Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator

  • Compassion Stress Management Workshop/Training

Certified Compassion Fatigue Practitioner

  • Compassion Fatigue Practitioner Workshop/Training

Certified Field Traumatologist

  • Disaster Trauma Workshop/Training or Field Trauma Workshop/Training
  • FEMA on-line course: IS-100c
  • FEMA on-line course IS-363
  • FEMA on-line course IS-403
  • FEMA on-line course IS-909
  • Completion of the Compassion Stress Management and Compassion Fatigue Therapist workshop

Certified (Clinical) Traumatologist

  • Treating Traumatized Families Workshop
  • Child and Adolescent Trauma Workshop
  • Assessment and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Treating Anxiety and Phobia (EMDR Level 1)
  • 100 hours direct field work in trauma (one to one, group, or family therapy)
  • Completion of all requirements for Compassion Fatigue Educator, Compassion Fatigue Therapist, and Field Traumatologist Certifications

Master Traumatologist

  • Grief and Loss Workshop
  • Psychological First Aid Workshop
  • Understanding and Treating Sexual Trauma Workshop
  • Domestic Violence Workshop
  • EMDR Level 2 (Or comparable technique such as Traumatic Incident Reduction or Thought Field Therapy)
  • Complex Trauma Workshop (HEART Model)
  • Cross Training with other Certifications such as CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management), Red Cross, or ATSS (Assoc. of Traumatic Stress Specialists)
  • Completion of all requirements for Compassion Fatigue Educator, Compassion Fatigue Therapist, Field Traumatologist, and Certified Traumatologist Certifications
  • A minimum of 5 years full-time (10 years part-time) direct experience in the trauma field either through employment or volunteer organizations

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