In 2015, Elaine Miller-Karas, the Executive Director, of the Trauma Resource Institute(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 vision is the University of Hamburg will be the “hub” of interdisciplinary work based on the Community Resiliency Model® within Germany and throughout Europe.
The Trauma Resource Institute brought the Community Resiliency Model® training program to the University of Hamburg in January of 2017. The Peter Möhrle Foundation is providing the funds to launch the 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. The Trauma Resource Institute will provide guidance and further consultation as it grows and expands.
Twenty individuals were trained as trainers were from diverse populations and speak German, Dari, Arabic and Kurdish. All the training materials have been 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.