TRI conducted two training in Nepal since the earthquake of 2015 in 2015 and in 2016. The project was funded by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and 92 Nepali were trained as CRM Skills Trainers in Nepal. We were also able to bring TRI’s Executive Director brought our newly trained CRM SKILLS TRAINERS to the temporary housing of the tibetan nuns from the Bigu Nunnery from Bigu, Gorkha. Their monastery was destroyed in the earthquake where they shared the skills with the nuns. When we returned in 2016, the returning CRM SKILLS TRAINERS received an enhancement training. There were many stories shared about the usefulness of the skills. The following represents a sampling:
One male participant tearfully recounted gratitude for the CRM model in helping him alleviate suffering to many people who suffered great loss as a result of the earthquake. He recounted one particular story of a man who had been celebrating his two-year-old’s birthday party on the day of the earthquake. They were outdoors at the time, but the man asked that his wife and daughter go get items to offer blessings in celebration of his son’s birthday. His wife and daughter went back indoors to get the items when the earthquake hit – both died. This man was so distraught that in the weeks following, he couldn’t stop crying, lacked motivation and was unable to care for the needs of son. The male participant who had taken the original CRM training in August of 2015 was able to teach this man about the CRM skills and helped him practice them consistently over the next few weeks. The man was eventually able to reduce his distress to such a degree that he started completing daily tasks and was eventually able to take care his son once more.
One female participant recounted a story of her use of the skills with a visiting U.N. disaster relief worker from the United Kingdom. She reported that this particular U.N. worker had been so distressed/depressed by the amount of destruction and loss of life that he was assessed by healthcare workers associated with the U.N. and was directed to go home to his country of origin a week early due to increasing depressive symptoms. The Nepali participant who had taken the original CRM training in August of 2015 learned of this and requested that she be permitted to speak with him about the CRM skills before any decision was finalized. She then taught him the CRM skills and helped him practice the skills over the next 24 hours. The U.N. worker reported that the skills were invaluable and he was eventually able to manage his distress and actually stayed on a week longer than originally expected.
Another female participant who works with sex-trafficked victims recounted her use of the skills with one of her “clients.” She provided a detailed description of the many negative symptoms that this girl was displaying, which included paranoid ideation, delusions, hallucinations, extreme anxiety and avoidance of others. As one can imagine, this prevented her from achieving academic success despite efforts to attend school in her recovery from the trade. She was eventually prescribed multiple psychotropic medications that also were reported to have interfered with her ability to complete even day-to-day tasks. The Nepali participant who had taken the original CRM training in 2015 began teaching this girl the CRM skills and helped her practice them on a weekly basis. She reported that the girl has improved significantly since learning the skills. She is now off all psychotropic medication and is top of her class academically, reporting a full remission of the psychological symptoms reported previously.
LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY’S RESEARCH ABOUT THIS PROJECT IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING READIED FOR PUBLICATION.