STAR Model/Resiliency Principles

The STAR Model, developed by Gina Rae Foster at Lehman College/CUNY in 2009, presents an approach to project management and the development of essential capacities for personal and professional success. Each of the five dynamics (Goals, Communication, Processes, Time, and Resources) considered separately and together offers learning opportunities when applied to individual projects and team activities. Based on principles of trauma recovery as well as leadership and facilitation practices, the STAR Model opens up new potentials for creativity and efficiency in groups and individuals.

Students, faculty, and staff at colleges, universities, and institutes on the East Coast of the United States have participated in STAR Model training for their programs and projects. STAR Model users report increased time management, improved communication skills, identification and development of resources, and more effective use of activity-related processes.

The Resiliency Principles, developed by Gina Rae Foster at Lehman College/CUNY in 2010, emerge from psychosocial research and practice in community and family trauma and resiliency. Each principle interacts with the others to provide a context for healing and for creating effective senses of group and individual identities. Each principle expands and contracts through a continuum of healthy practice (for example, hyper-flexibility at one extreme and rigidity at the other).

Judith Herman and Bessel Van der Kolk's work demonstrates the importance of establishing stability in traumatized individuals before successful healing and productivity can take place. My own research into capacities examines the need to recognize capacities as renewable and ever-larger opportunities dependent on reaching the limits of our current skills and strengths. Flexibility is a principle commonly discussed in both physical and communication training fields; community reminds us that connection to others, within the appropriate cultural and social boundaries we choose, allows us to accomplish more and be more than when acting alone.