The Community Resiliency Model (CRM) for Schools

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About the Session

The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® is a skills-based wellness and prevention program that provides a biological, non-stigmatizing perspective on normal human reactions to stress and trauma.  The primary focus of this stabilization program is to learn to reset the natural balance of the nervous system. CRM skills help people understand their nervous system and learn to track sensations connected to their own wellbeing. CRM, developed at the Trauma Resource Institute by Elaine Miller-Karas is both restorative and preventive (Miller-Karas, 2015). 

CRM is a low-intensity intervention which teaches easy-to-learn skills to manage the agitation, anxiety, numbness, sadness, and despair of emotional dysregulation, which can be brought on by stressful personal or professional situations. CRM is trauma-informed and resiliency-focused.

CRM skills are useful for self-care. They can be taught as a peer-to-peer program in a variety of contexts. School workers, healthcare providers, educators, and other frontline helpers can apply CRM skills in any setting: schools, medical/counseling centers, pre-school settings, home visits, faith communities, and crisis situations in the field.  The skills can help prevent burnout.   CRM is a valuable resource for individuals coping with chronic stressors such as physical pain, addiction, and grief and loss.  A range of persons that suffer the effects of cumulative trauma (e.g., violence, poverty, racism, homophobia) benefit from these tools.



  1. Describe how stress and trauma affect mental and physical health.
  2. Explore how current challenges fit into CRM’s framework for understanding stress and trauma.
  3. Describe how CRM can protect and heal via sensory-motor awareness.
  4. Explain how you can share CRM skills with others as a “CRM Guide”



Dr. Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Grabbe is a board-certified Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Nursing. Her clinical expertise is in primary care and mental health care for homeless or incarcerated women and youth, providing Community Resilience Model (CRM) training in group settings.  Her interests include public mental health, trauma-informed care, the neurobiology of trauma and resilience, social justice, and social determinants of mental health.  Dr. Grabbe is a healthcare provider with Community Advanced Practice Nurses, a small non-profit organization that operates a network of clinics in Atlanta homeless shelters for women, children, and youth.  Dr. Grabbe’s published work includes The Trauma Resiliency Model: A “Bottom-Up” Intervention for Trauma Psychotherapy and research on the impact of a brief Community Resiliency Model training on the wellbeing of women in substance abuse treatment, as well as two randomized controlled trials of the Community Resiliency Model on wellbeing, resiliency, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress in front-line health workers. She is on the University of New Mexico ECHO team for the Behavioral Health Professional Workforce Resiliency Program: Creating Cultures of Wellness & Resiliency.


Bria Davis, BA

Bria Davis has a degree in criminal justice and has taught CRM for 3 years in weekly sessions with homeless youth in Atlanta.  She has also taught CRM to groups of school counselors and social service providers across the State of Georgia, as well as justice-involved youths and their families in Atlanta.  She has assisted California’s Trauma Resource Institute leadership in week-long CRM Teacher Trainings.

December 15, 2022
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