CRM® Disaster Relief Program

CRM® Disaster Relief Program


Date: January 10, 2020

Times: Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, Pacific

Location: Online (Once payment is submitted and approved, a code will be sent for you to access the webinar.)

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This 1-day online webinar will teach participants how to use The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) — a set of biologically based wellness skills — after man-made or natural disasters.

The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM®) is a research-informed intervention to help children, adolescents, adults, families and communities in the aftermath of extremely stressful and traumatic events. Trauma can be experienced as 'too much, too fast', as in shock trauma (e.g., earthquake, car accident, war, terrorism or assault), or 'too little or too much, for too long', as in developmental and cumulative trauma (e.g., child abuse, colonialism, neglect, domestic violence, immigration, food insecurity, homophobia, racism, or poverty). CRM® can be delivered by the natural leaders of communities (lay persons, ministers, massage therapists, teachers, first responders, etc.) as well as mental health providers and medical practitioners. It is affordable, accessible, portable and adaptable.  CRM® is based on our current model of neuroscience and teaches six wellness skills to return the mind, body and spirit back into a more balanced state.

The Community Resiliency Model ® has been shared internationally in response to both human-made and natural disasters. The model understands that survivors experience common reactions physically, spiritually, cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally, and in relationship with loved ones. A person delivering the skills of CRM® is called a CRM® Guide. CRM® Guides study the common reactions after stressful, traumatic events, including information about the stress response and the autonomic nervous system. 

The Community Resiliency Model® is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by highly stressful and traumatic events. Further, it fosters both short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping through the practice of six Wellness Skills interwoven into the activities of daily living.  The six Wellness Skills are biologically based and can be used for self-care by first responders as well as delivered to the survivors and witnesses of traumatic experiences. These skills are helpful for individuals in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event and are taught to community members as a prevention model for disaster preparedness. CRM® has distilled the complexity of neuroscience into simple, understandable concepts. This approach helps survivors understand the common human and biological responses to traumatic events through a lens of biology. This approach has been found to reduce feelings of shame and stigma in survivors. New meanings can emerge with a more realistic appraisal of self in relation to the traumatic event.  

Trainer: Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW

Training Coordinator: Deenise Kosct: (909) 360-6879 or