Community Resiliency Model (CRM)
Goals of Community Resiliency Model
- To learn simple biologically based skills, based upon current neuroscience, to help individuals get back into balance in body, mind and spirit.
- To educate about common reactions resulting from individual or communal traumas/stresses such as poverty, racism and family violence.
- To reduce common human reactions related to stressful/traumatic experiences.
- To shift perceptions that reactions are biological rather than mental weakness in order to reduce shame and increase hope.
- To encourage individuals to integrate wellness skills into their daily life.
CRM has largely been used with individuals and communities, which have been marginalized either by economic challenges, ethnicity, natural and human-made disasters. Applying CRM proactively with an entire community or neighborhood that is chronically stressed can alleviate the symptoms of chronic stress placing the community and its members in a better position to change their situation by increasing their resiliency. There is a substantial and growing evidence base for the efficacy of CRM in reducing anxiety, depression, somatic symptoms and hostility indicators (State of California, Mental Health Act, CRM Innovation Project, 2013).
The two fundamental goals of CRM are to help adults and children learn to track their own nervous systems in order to bring the body, mind and spirit back into greater balance, and to encourage people to pass the skills along to family, friends and their wider community. CRM can be used as self-care for those community members who are the front-line workers, responding to crisis situations or who live in highly traumatized and/or marginalized communities