CRM Basics

The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) is a groundbreaking wellness initiative created by the Trauma Resource Institute. It uniquely provides a non-judgmental perspective on normal human reactions to stress or trauma and encourages people to pass the skills along to their family, friends, and wider communities.

The primary focus of this skills-based model is to reset the nervous system’s natural balance. CRM skills help people understand their nervous system and learn to track sensations connected to their own well-being. Using the wisdom of their own bodies, people experience rapid relief from stress-related symptoms, as well as an increased sense of control over future wellness.

 
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CRM is for everyone

CRM is easily learned and accessible regardless of age, culture, or education level. These skills are useful for self-care and can be taught in a variety of contexts; they are particularly helpful for individuals responding to stress in trauma in environments such as hospitals, classrooms, community centers, faith communities, and neighborhoods. CRM is a tremendous resource for individuals coping with chronic stressors such as physical pain and recovery from addiction.

CRM is used across the world

CRM is now a nationwide initiative aiming to build health and wellness within communities. These skills are being utilized in hospitals, classrooms, community centers, and other settings across the United States, and have also been used worldwide in locations including the Philippines, Nepal, Ukraine, Serbia, Turkey, and Rwanda. CRM has been offered at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s annual conference, and the Department of Defense named the wellness skills a “promising practice.”