417 It Takes a Community: A Public Health Approach to War Trauma
Laurie Leitch and Elaine Miller-Karas
Saturday Morning Only
With thousands of warriors returning home, rates of war-related PTSD, depression, suicidality, substance abuse, and domestic violence are skyrocketing . . .
outpacing the ability of our civilian and military mental health services to treat them. Because of the vast impact of war trauma--on soldiers, families, friends, coworkers, communities--and the inadequacy of the professional response, we believe an alternative to our office-bound methods must be found. In this workshop, we’ll describe a biologically-based approach: the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) for Warriors & Veterans, community version, which avoids the stigma attached to psychotherapy because it can be offered by community members. You’ll learn the four key dimensions of trauma that TRM addresses and the five psychophysiological stabilization skills it provides, and discover how to set up resiliency-informed communities that will be prepared to provide stabilization skills to large groups.Laurie Leitch, Ph.D., and Elaine Miller-Karas, L.C.S.W.
, are the cofounders and codirectors of the Trauma Resource Institute, which offers national and international training in the brief stabilization therapies Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) for civilians, TRM for Warriors & Veterans, and TRM for Communities.