Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW is an author, radio show host, social worker, trauma therapist, co-founder, former Executive Director and current Director of Innovation of the Trauma Resource Institute and key developer of the Community and Trauma Resiliency Models.
She is the author of Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models® (2015). She is committed to bringing accessible and affordable interventions based on neuroscience and the biology of the human nervous system to our world's community. Her models have been introduced to over 145 countries.
She is a recognized international speaker and has presented at the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University, Resiliency 2021 and the United Nations. Elaine’s book was selected by the United Nations and Taylor and Francis’ curated on-line library as one of the innovations helping meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/sdgo
She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition, an organization focused on healing the human trauma connected to climate change. http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/intl-tr-coalition
Elaine is dedicated to the world's children and she has worked with collaborators to develop interventions for children, parents and teachers to help reduce the impact of trauma. She is a Senior Consultant to Emory University’s SEE Learning program, inspired and launched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2019, building compassionate and ethical curriculum to the world's children K-12. www.seelearning.emory.edu
Her radio talk show launched on VoiceAmerica in January 2021 and is entitled Resiliency Within, Building Resiliency during unprecedented times. Her guests are inspiring global leaders promoting healing and resiliency from a variety of backgrounds.
Wednesday 23 June
Presentation Three - Elaine Miller-Karas
The Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM®) Approach
The Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM®) is a body-centered approach which explores the biology of fear and threat and the autonomic, natural defensive responses that occur when faced with a life-threatening and/or dangerous situation. TRM focuses on resiliency and how to restore balance to the body and the mind after traumatic experiences. This model teaches skills to help clients to connect with their inner resources and facilitate development of new resilient neural circuits. TRM addresses trauma gently in an invitational manner using both a bottom up as well as top down focus. TRM uses nine skills to teach clients self-regulation. Many of these skills can be used by client’s outside of the therapy room. Clients learn to nonjudgmentally observe “body sensations” (tracking); resourcing, a skill to change feeling states by bringing to mind a memory connected with calmness or joy while noticing associated sensations; and grounding, in which clients learn to focus on their feet touching the floor and the body connection to the chair while observing and naming what is in the room, in order to bring clients into the present moment.