ICMHHR is “project based.” Each project is managed by a lead faculty member and maintains its own budget, research team, adjunct faculty, advisors, and interns.
In response to the devastating Texas wildfires of 2011, ICMHHR created the Community Response Network (CRN) to provide trauma training for educators and mental health professionals throughout several school districts in the Central Texas area. CRN links ICMHHR faculty and interns with other key local mental health professionals and offers a new paradigm in healing trauma based on the theoretical framework of the SSR model and its clinical implementation. The SSR model stresses the primary importance of cultivating strategies for self-regulation for the care-giver. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, CRN recently returned to the Leander School District to conduct an additional training in Acute Crisis and Trauma Prevention and is offering the training to mental health professionals locally, nationally and internationally.
Click here to download a comprehensive PDF presentation of "Acute Crisis And Trauma Prevention: Strategies for Self-Regulation (SSR)" © Logan and Tollison, 2013
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At the invitation of the Department of Health of the Tibetan Government in exile, ICMHHR developed The Dukar Project, a culturally sensitive, neuroscience informed trauma recovery training program to address the multi-generational trauma associated with on-going and prolonged human rights violations. The three-year program integrates mindfulness and compassion based interventions, and is informed by current neuroscience research, group psychotherapy and traditional Tibetan medicine. The training was created for Tibetan health workers, social service workers, school teachers, monks and nuns to help develop the clinical skills needed to assist individuals and families within the Tibetan exile community suffering from PTSD and developmental trauma (complex trauma), depression, anxiety and other symptoms painfully common to the refugee experience. The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, a division of the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience at the School of Medicine will be collaborating with ICMHHR on research and implementation. Based on the evaluative results of our efficacy research, we hope to implement this protocol with specific cultural adaptation for other "wounded communities" throughout the world, including our own homecoming veterans. To heal from the devastating impact of trauma enables individuals, families and whole communities to become sustainable.
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International law students are currently assisting the development of a position paper for ICMHHR on the legal and moral responsibility of host nations to provide PTSD treatment for incoming refugees, particularly those who have endured the prolonged and ongoing stress of religious, ethnic and political persecution or torture.
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ICMHHR, in partnership with Kestrel Filmworks, is producing an episodic, documentary web series titled, "Living in Exile," to be released in the spring of 2012. The series will consist of 25 short films, each intended to introduce us to a different Tibetan living within the exile community of India and abroad. As a companion to The Dukar Project, the series will explore themes of suffering and resiliency, but also the hard work, concerns, creativity and aspirations of ordinary Tibetans. Whereas media producers have frequently taken the position of romanticizing Tibetan culture or politicizing the Tibetan people. "Living in Exile" takes a humanistic approach and will introduce audiences to a diversity of real people, who have in their own way endured much, but are far more than the sum of their suffering.