EDITOR’S NOTE: This interview streamed live on June 23, 2022. Some offers and links may no longer be available. 

Most trauma therapists are well-versed in offering support after a trauma, but how can we shift our interventions to offer support while traumatic events are still unfolding?

This is the question Elaine Miller-Karas, Director of Innovation at the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI), has been faced with as she and the TRI work to provide support to the citizens of Ukraine. These people are struggling with suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, losing faith, grief, the fear of being killed, and fear for the well-being of loved others – and the time to help is not when the war is over, but now. 

This conversation centers on trauma healing, hope, and the global impact therapists can make without leaving the safety of their homes. You’ll learn more about the essential work of the Trauma Resource Institute, as well as ways you can get involved in supporting the Ukrainian people.

This video is based on Elaine Miller-Karas’ recent blog that you can read here.


Lauren Dockett

Lauren Dockett, MS, is the senior writer at Psychotherapy Networker. A longtime journalist, journalism lecturer, and book and magazine editor, she’s also a former caseworker taken with the complexity of mental health, who finds the ongoing evolution of the therapy field and its broadening reach an engrossing story. Prior to the Networker, she contributed to many outlets, including The Washington Post, NPR, and Salon. Her books include Facing 30, Sex Talk, and The Deepest Blue. Visit her website at laurendockett.com.

Elaine Miller-Karas

Elaine Miller-Karas, MSW, LCSW, is a trauma therapist, lecturer, cofounder, and Director of Innovation at the Trauma Resource Institute, and founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition. The author of Building Resiliency to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models, she’s a key developer of the Trauma Resiliency and Community Resiliency Models. Her radio talk show Resiliency Within: Building Resiliency During Unprecedented Times can be found on VoiceAmerica.