Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Upaya Dharma Podcasts - Elaine Miller-Karas: 8-24-11: Coming to Our Senses: Connecting to the Body/Connecting to the World

Good stuff - I so wish I could attend the training. This is the work I do, or what to do. And I would so much love to learn it well. I think Jami wants to do it, too, so maybe we will bite the bullet and drop the dollars to do one of these learning retreats.

Elaine Miller-Karas: 8-24-11: Coming to Our Senses: Connecting to the Body/Connecting to the World

Speaker: Elaine Miller-Karas
Recorded: Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

How can we come to our senses after enduring life changing events? In this talk, Elaine MIller-Karas, co-creator of the Trauma Resiliency Model, shares her experience in treating the victims of disasters around the world.

Elaine Miller-Karas has 25 years of experience in health education, teaching, and clinical consultation. She is the Director of Training and Education for the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI), a non-profit center for trauma. She is on the faculty at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Family Residency Program and has a private psychotherapy practice. She lectures nationally and internationally on innovative approaches to healing traumatic stress as well as the bio-psychosocial responses to chronic illness. She has been on disaster response teams in Thailand (post-tsunami) and Louisiana (post-hurricane). Most recently she presented a workshop on Trauma First Aide in Nairobi, Africa at the Conference on Female Genital Mutilation.

 The Trauma Resiliency Model is promoted and taught by the Trauma Resource Institute, a non-profit organization. Here is their mission statement:


To restore resiliency after trauma by expanding bottom-up capacity

  • To take people from despair to hope through simple skills-based interventions based on cutting edge research about the brain. 
  • To expand access to treatment by training the frontline service providers and responders who do the hardest work with the least resources.
  • To build local capacity in diverse communities nationally and internationally so each may develop trauma resolution strategies that respond to their unique cultural needs

As a trauma educational organization we are committed to the following values:
  • Every individual, child and adult, has a natural-born resiliency
  • When a traumatic event has resulted in symptoms, individuals are entitled to treatment that is gentle, effective and culturally-sensitive.
  • High quality trauma education and intervention must be available to diverse populations and cultures.
  • Treatment of individuals suffering from traumatic stress reactions must be accessible and affordable to all members of society.
  • Enhancing the capacity of communities to provide for their own members rather than relying on outside "experts" creates resiliency-informed communities.

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