Elaine Miller-Karas is the executive director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute, a nonprofit corporation. Her work has taken her to Haiti, Kenya, Thailand, China, and many places within the United States in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters. She has created projects to help underserved individuals and communities learn innovative biologically-based interventions that help build trauma-informed and resiliency-informed communities. She has co-created the Trauma Resiliency Model and the Community Resiliency Model. Her hope is that by increasing resiliency we can reduce behaviors that come from undigested trauma, such as family and societal violence.
Miller-Karas has traveled internationally and trained workers and community leaders in social service agencies, hospitals and community agencies nationally and internationally in both models. She leads the Haiti Earthquake Relief Project, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and co-led the Chinese Earthquake Relief Project co-sponsored by the World Health Organization. Her work has also taken her to Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked with the Kenyan Association of Professional Counselors and introduced the Trauma Resiliency Model to the Grass Roots Conference to End Female Genital Mutilation. She currently is spearheading a large California Mental Health Services Project in San Bernardino, California.
She authored a chapter in the book To the Rescue: Stories of Healthcare Workers at the Scenes of Disaster. Her book The Trauma Resiliency Model will be released in 2014.