Elaine Miller-Karas is the founder and co-director of the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI), a nonprofit corporation. Her work has taken her to Thailand, Kenya, China, Haiti, and New Orleans in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters. She has co-created projects to help underserved individuals learn innovative, biologically based interventions that can heal individuals and communities. She is actively engaged in building local capacity in diverse communities nationally and internationally so each may develop trauma resolution strategies that respond to their unique cultural needs.
Recently, Miller-Karas co-created both the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). She co-leads the Haiti Earthquake Relief Project, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and the Chinese Earthquake Relief Project, sponsored by the World Health Organization. Her work has also taken her to Nairobi, Africa, where she worked with the Kenyan Association of Professional Counselors and introduced TRM to the Grass Roots Conference to End Female Genital Mutilation.
During the past year, she co-created and managed a project, funded by the State of California, for training community members from underserved populations in CRM. Its goal is to create resiliency-informed communities that are also trauma informed. 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 authored a chapter in the book To the Rescue: Stories from Healthcare Workers at the Scenes of Disaster and coauthored The Trauma Resiliency Model Workbook. She lives in Claremont, California.