Using CRM® to help refugees within Germany.
In 2015, Elaine Miller-Karas, the Executive Director, of TRI, was invited to participate in the international Skoll Global Forum at Oxford, University. Elaine led a discussion with a group of Skoll participants, about mental health innovations post human-made and natural disasters. Elaine was fortunate to meet Patrick Kern during the discussion and later his mother Sybil, who represent their family foundation, the Peter Möhrle Foundation. Patrick was struck with the idea that our Community Resiliency Model® scaled in Germany could help the throngs of refugees coming to Germany from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan adjust.
The Peter Möhrle Foundation contacted the University of Hamburg about their ideas of bringing our models to relevant communities within Germany.
Since the preliminary discussions, a project was realized between the Peter Möhrle Foundation, the University of Hamburg and the Trauma Resource Institute.
The Trauma Resource Institute brought the CRM® training program to the University of Hamburg in January of 2017. The Peter Möhrle Foundation is providing the funds to launch a five-year project. The University of Hamburg will collaborate with Loma Linda University, a long time collaborator of TRI, with regard to researching the impact of the project. TRI will provide guidance and further consultation as it grows and expands.
Twenty individuals were trained to become CRM® skills trainers. They were from diverse populations and were selected in part based on the languages they speak, e.g., German, Dari, Arabic and Kurdish. All the training materials were translated into these languages. The CRM® Skills Trainers will begin in April and May 2017 to conduct trainings for the refugees in the resettlement housing in Hamburg. The University of Hamburg will track the impact of the trainings with the hopes that the CRM® Skills Trainers will begin to impact the targeted communities with resiliency skills.