Elaine Miller-Karas Helps Bring the Dalai Lama's Vision to Light
Elaine Miller-Karas, executive director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute, has been invited to attend the launch in New Delhi, India, of a special program initiated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Miller-Karas is one of the key developers of the Trauma Resiliency Model® (TRM) and the Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) – biological-based models designed to help people recover from toxic stress. Miller-Karas has shepherded the Trauma Resource Institute since its birth in 2006 into an international organization, and she and her team have worked passionately for the past 14 years to introduce the TRM and CRM models to the world community.
For the last two years, Elaine Miller-Karas has served as a consultant for the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University on the project inspired by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. As stated in the Hindustan Times (March 3, 2019), the program was developed with the help of experts in the fields of developmental psychology, education, neuroscience, and trauma-informed care. The group was tasked with creating a curriculum that gave educators a comprehensive framework for the cultivation of social, emotional and ethical competencies that can be used at all levels of education. The end result of the collaboration was the “SEE Learning Program,”—the Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning Program.
Miller-Karas contributed her knowledge from decades of working with individuals and communities suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters or other sources of trauma. Her involvement in the project led to the inclusion of her Community Resiliency Model in the Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning Program. SEE Learning is to be used internationally with the Dalai Lama’s vision of “a compassionate and ethical world for all” and the wellness skills of the Community Resiliency Model constitute Chapter Two of the SEE curriculum.
Elaine Miller-Karas will attend the launch in early April of what will initially be the adoption of the SEE Learning curriculum in 700 schools in Nepal and India. The plan is to eventually bring the SEE Learning Program to the world community. The program is currently being translated into 12 languages.
In recent years, Miller-Karas has brought forth her vision of developing CRM skills teachers in communities around the world. The teachers then offer the skills and concepts to their own communities, alleviating suffering and weaving in their own cultural beliefs. Miller-Karas’s work has taken her to places such as Thailand after the tsunami of 2004, Louisiana after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, San Bernardino County after the 2008 fires, China after the Sichuan earthquake, and Kenya, Africa, after the post-election violence. Most recently, she traveled to Paradise, California, in the wake of the devastation caused by the Camp Fire.
With her role in the development of the SEE Learning program, Elaine Miller-Karas continues her efforts to introduce recovery and resiliency to populations worldwide.