The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® is a skills-based wellness and prevention program that provides a biological, non-stigmatizing perspective on normal human reactions to stress and trauma. The primary focus of this stabilization program is to learn to reset the natural balance of the nervous system. CRM skills help people understand their nervous system and learn to track sensations connected to their own wellbeing. CRM, developed at the Trauma Resource Institute by Elaine Miller-Karas is both restorative and preventive (Miller-Karas, 2015).
CRM is a low-intensity intervention which teaches easy-to-learn skills to manage the agitation, anxiety, numbness, sadness, and despair of emotional dysregulation, which can be brought on by stressful personal or professional situations. CRM is trauma-informed and resiliency-focused.
CRM skills are useful for self-care. They can be taught as a peer-to-peer program in a variety of contexts. School workers, healthcare providers, educators, and other frontline helpers can apply CRM skills in any setting: schools, medical/counseling centers, pre-school settings, home visits, faith communities, and crisis situations in the field. The skills can help prevent burnout. CRM is a valuable resource for individuals coping with chronic stressors such as physical pain, addiction, and grief and loss. A range of persons that suffer the effects of cumulative trauma (e.g., violence, poverty, racism, homophobia) benefit from these tools.
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