CRM Level One Course Description

Community Resiliency Model Level One – (14 Hours)

The Community Resiliency Model ™ (CRM) two-day training will teach participants six wellness skills. 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 either by economic challenges, ethnicity, natural and human-made disasters. Applying CRM proactively with an entire community or neighborhood that is chronically stressed 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 a substantial and growing evidence base for the efficacy of CRM in reducing anxiety, depression, somatic symptoms and hostility indicators (State of California, Mental Health Act, CRM Innovation Project, 2013).

CRM have been used worldwide in varied locations following human-made and natural disasters, 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.

The two fundamental goals of the Community Resiliency Model are to help adults and children learn to track their own nervous systems to bring the body, mind and spirit back into greater balance, and to encourage people to pass the skills along to family, friends and their wider community.  CRM can be taught as a peer-to-peer program, training community members to help themselves and others.  In addition, CRM can be used as self-care for those community members who are the front line workers, responding to crisis situations or who live in highly traumatized and/or marginalized communities.  The two day CRM program orients the learners to all six skills of the model.  The second day is a practice day where all six skills are practiced in small structured groups to increase proficiency in using the skills.  The second day also provides an opportunity for further dialogue about how to bring CRM Skills to a wider community.

  1. Participants will be able to discuss how CRM skills are based upon current neuroscience.
  2. Participants will be able to list 5 common reactions resulting from trauma and stress.
  3. Participants will be able to describe how CRM reduces trauma symptoms.
  4. Participants will be able to define the terms “trauma-informed” and “resiliency informed.”
  5. Participants will be able to utilize the six skills of the Community Resiliency Model.
  6. Participants will be able to define explicit and implicit memory.
  7. Participants will be able to describe the autonomic nervous system.

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