CRM® Teacher Training Program

Globally, mental health services are inadequate and often nonexistent. There are simply not enough trained professionals to meet the numbers of people suffering from traumatic stress reactions and depression. In addition, many of those suffering are not psychologically oriented and if they seek help, many will seek out a member of their social network rather than a therapist.

CRM® art from trainee in Rwanda.

The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) Teacher Training program is designed to help both community members and professionals learn how to teach the CRM® skills to those in their own community thereby providing resiliency training to a wider net of the populace and creating capacity in local communities. Communities throughout the world are encouraged to infuse their unique cultural lens in order to increase the efficacy of the CRM® Skills.  

CRM® workshops have been offered in many languages and the materials are currently available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Somali, 4 dialects of the Philippines, Japanese, Simple Chinese, Kreyole.  Translations are underway for French, German, Swahili and Kurdish.



CRM Teacher Training, Kathmandu, Nepal (2016).

CRM® Teacher Training Program

The CRM® Teacher Training Program is a multi-day course that offers certification in understanding and teaching the philosophy of CRM® and its basic skills. The goals of the certification course are as follows:

  1. The participants will be able to describe the six skills of the Community Resiliency Model®.

  2. The participants will be able to demonstrate three teaching methods for teaching the three core skills (Tracking, Resourcing and Grounding).

  3. The participants will be able to create at least two individualized CRM® lesson plans for client.

  4. The participants will be able to demonstrate methods for teaching CRM® skills (Gesturing, Help now, Shift and Stay).

  5. The participants will be able to list two or more ways to teach the CRM® skills in group formats.

  6. The participants will be able to discuss the three ethical considerations in teaching CRM® skills.

  7. The participants will be able to describe two research outcomes about CRM®.

  8. The participants will be able to discuss three ways to bring cultural competency into a CRM® skills training.


The CRM® Teacher Training certification program builds capacity within organizations and communities in the aftermath of human-made and natural disasters. The program is also being brought into more communities as a form of “prevention.”  Training programs can also be geared toward organizations working with children and adults.  Specific strategies are interwoven into the trainings taking into consideration the developmental age and culture of those being served by the trainers.  

TRI implemented a State of California, Mental Health Services Act project in San Bernardino County, CA, through its Department of Behavioral Health Innovations Department, which organized CRM® county wide via a Teacher Training program. Community members from 7 underserved groups (designated by the Department of Behavioral Health) participated in training to become CRM® Skills trainers. The 3-year project completed December 31, 2013.  Due to early successes in year 1, TRI received an extension to the Innovations Funding, which provided CRM® training and a Teacher Training program to 44 active duty service members, veterans and their families.  The research has demonstrated a reduction in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and hostility at statistically significant levels.  Over 80% of participants were people of color. 

In the United States, Vera House in Syracuse, New York, Peace over Violence in Los Angeles and the Center for Community Solutions in San Diego, three organizations that are leaders in healing families effected by domestic violence sponsored trainings. In North Carolina, MAHEC sponsored the first Community Resiliency Model® Teacher Training on the East Coast. TRI trainers have completed trainings for OnCare and Headstart for the Syracuse New York Community. Buncombe County Schools (NC), Wake County Public School System (NC), El Monte School District (CA), and the Asheville City Schools Foundation (NC) have sponsored trainings for their school counselors, administrators and teachers. Loma Linda University, through their partnership with TRI, has conducted trainings internationally. Visit our Projects tab to see more information.

CRM® has largely been used with individuals and communities, which have been marginalized either by economic challenges, ethnicity, natural and human-made disasters. Applying CRM® proactively with an entire community or neighborhood that is chronically stressed can alleviate the symptoms of chronic stress placing the community and its members in a better position to change their situation by increasing their resiliency. 

CRM® skills have been used worldwide in varied locations following human-made and natural disasters, including in the Philippines, Japan, Trinidad, St. Vincent, Haiti, China, Turkey, Mexico, the Ukraine, the United States, Kenya, Darfur, the Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Uganda, Somalia, Mexico and Guatemala. CRM® training has been offered at the Wounded Warrior Chronic Pain Clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Department of Defense named the wellness skills a promising practice in 2011. CRM® is an example of “Appropriate Technology,” a term which is defined as “technology that ordinary people can use for their own benefit and the benefit of their communities, that doesn’t make them dependent on systems over which they have no control” (J.Turner).