CRM Skills Training

  • Thu, September 29, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • University Club of Pasadena
Community Resiliency Model Skills Training

Community Resiliency Model Skills Training

One-day Workshop Presented by Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW


Thursday, September 29, 2016
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Costs range from $75 to $150
Cost for CAMFT Members: $125

Register Online Here!

This workshop is co-sponsored by San Gabriel Valley CAMFT, The Trauma Research Institute and Pacific Oaks College

About the Class


CRM's goal is to help to create "trauma-informed" and "resiliency-informed" individuals and communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach.

CRM has largely been used with individuals and communities which have been marginalized by economic challenges, ethnicity, natural and human-made disasters. Applying CRM proactively with an entire community or neighborhood 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. There is substantial and growing evidence for the efficacy of CRM in reducing anxiety, depression, somatic symptoms and hostility indicators.

CRM has been used worldwide, 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.

What You Will Learn


This course teaches participants the basic skills and philosophy of CRM. Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the six basic skills of the Community Resiliency Model.
  2. Create self-care plan with regard to how they could incorporate the basic skills into the tasks of daily living.
  3. Identify two or more ways CRM skills can help stabilize the human nervous system.
  4. Identify the autonomic nervous system and its relevance to trauma.
  5. Identify one or more methods of how to bring CRM skills into the community.
  6. Identify the three organizing principles of the brain.

How to Register

A registration form and additional information is available on the Trauma Resource Institute Website.

About the Presenter


Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSWElaine Miller-Karas is the executive director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute.  Ms. Miller-Karas has 30 years experience in health education, teaching, social work and advocacy.  She has co-created the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) and its adaptations for active duty military and veterans.

Ms. Miller-Karas has traveled internationally and trained mental health, health professionals and community leaders in social service agencies, hospitals and community organizations.  Her work has taken her to Thailand after the tsunami of 2004, to Louisiana after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, to San Bernardino County after the 2008 Fires, to China after the Sichuan earthquake, to Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake and to Kenya, Africa after the post-election violence. In 2014 and 2015,  Elaine led CRM Global Trainers to Guatemala, Nepal, Tanzania, Rwanda, Turkey and the Philippines to continue to expand the mission and vision of TRI, bringing biological-based skills to the world community.

She has presented TRM and CRM Skills to Edwards Air Force Base, Fort Drum, the Marine Base in Barstow, California.

Ms. Miller-Karas was the Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center's Family Practice Residency Program from 1994 until 2006 . She did her graduate internship at Stanford University's Perinatal Outreach Program and worked there as clinician and lecturer. She was the founder of Helping after Neonatal Death in Santa Clara County, California.  She is an adjunct professor at Loma Linda's School of Social Work and Social Ecology. Ms. Miller-Karas lives in Claremont, California with her husband, Jim and father-in-law, Kenny.  She has two grown children, Erik and Jessica.

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