The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) helps to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-focused” 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. Participants learn effective wellness skills to manage stress, anxiety and other issues that affect us all.
In addition, it has been used globally with individuals and communities marginalized either by economic challenges, ethnicity, natural and human-made disasters. Learning the skills of CRM proactively with an entire community or neighborhood can increase the resiliency of individual community members and, in turn, create stronger, more flexible communities. CRM can also be used in educational and workplace settings.
The model helps individuals understand their nervous system and learn to read sensations connected to their own well-being. There is a substantial and growing evidence base for the efficacy of CRM in reducing anxiety, depression, somatic symptoms and hostility indicators. The goals of CRM are:
- To learn simple biologically-based skills, based on current neuroscience, to help individuals get back into balance in body, mind and spirit
- To educate people about common reactions resulting from individual or communal traumas or stresses such as poverty, racism and violence
- To reduce common human reactions related to stressful or traumatic experiences
- To shift perceptions so that stress reactions are seen as biological rather than as mental weakness in order to reduce shame and increase hope
- To encourage individuals to integrate wellness skills into their daily life