Fairfield University Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers workshops and specialty trainings in trauma and resilience. All programs are on campus in Fairfield, CT. The George Link Foundation has provided funding for those who provide care to Veterans.

To learn more, contact:
Dr. Kate Wheeler APRN, FAAN
Fairfield University
203-254-4000 ext. 2708

Integrative Psychotherapy Trauma Program

May - November 2019

This seven-month certificate program for licensed mental health providers integrates EMDR Therapy with a somatic therapy, the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). Two specialized certificate programs are offered that provide advanced psychotherapy skills for working with those with complex trauma and dissociation. Introducing the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), which is based on the biology of resilience and how to restore balance to the body and the mind after traumatic experiences. TRM is research-informed and named a promising practice by the Department of Defense. Somatic work combined with EMDR Therapy are powerful tools that can be integrated into any therapists’ practice. EMDR Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy for trauma. These trainings are offered by recognized experts in trauma treatment. Upon program completion, participants will receive a Certificate in Integrative Trauma Psychotherapy from Fairfield University as well as certificates of completion for Basic Training in EMDR from EMDRIA and for the Trauma Resiliency Model from the Trauma Resource Institute.

Each training includes five hours of post-training consultation by zoom and space is limited to 30 participants; if you are already EMDR trained, you can sign up for the TRM trainings only. ½ day refresher (mornings only) EMDR training without practica offered at ½ price for those already EMDR trained. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. for all classes.



May 3-5, 2019
Cost: $675

Refresher EMDR: $300 1/2 day



May 31-June 2, 2019
Cost: $675



October 12-14, 2019
Cost: $675

Refresher EMDR: $300 1/2 day 



November 8-10, 2019
Cost: $675

44 CEUs awarded for the EMDR training. This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. Approval also meets the continuing education criteria for CT LMFTs, LPCs, and licensed psychologists. 36 CEUs are offered for the TRM training.

25% discount for those who sign up for all four workshops (EMDR Part 1 & 2 plus TRM Part 1 & 2). These workshops are offered at a discounted fee of $475 for V.A. licensed mental health professionals or students in a licensed mental health provider program.

A CV and a copy of your license should be sent to kwheeler@fairfield.edu. Students must also send a letter from the Director of their program stating that they are students in good standing and have permission to participate in these trainings. Space is limited to 30 participants.


Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW is the executive director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute and adjunct faculty at Loma Linda University's School of Social Work and Social Ecology. She is the author of Building Resilience to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models. Miller-Karas is the co-founder and co-developer of the Trauma Resiliency Model and has taught this model and the Community Resiliency Model in Haiti, China, Mexico, Kenya, Nepal, Germany, South Africa, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Tanzania, Rwanda, Turkey and the Philippines.

Kathleen Wheeler, PhD, APRN, FAAN is a professor of nursing at Fairfield University and the coordinator of the psychiatric nurse practitioner program. Dr. Wheeler specializes in trauma in her private practice and is an EMDR International Association Approved Consultant and Trainer. She is a psychoanalyst and has been EMDR certified since 2001. She is a past EMDRIA board member, president, and advisory director. She has served as a consultant on numerous EMDR research projects in the past 10 years and has published a number of research studies on EMDR with other colleagues and is on the editorial board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.


To learn more contact:

Kate Wheeler, PhD, APRN, FAAN


Fairfield University


203-254-4000 ext. 2708

Community Resiliency Model®: Teacher Training Certification

November 8-12, 2018
Cost: $1,600
Veterans/Students: $1,000

Fairfield University Students:  $500
 Limited to 30 Participants

*Once you have applied and been accepted, a link will be sent to you so you can register.

The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) Teacher Training Certification Course trains community members to not only help themselves, but to help others within their wider social network. The primary focus of the training program is to educate participants about the biology and neurophysiology of trauma and stress as well as how to teach simple biologically-based wellness skills. The training encourages applications from both licensed and non-licensed people who work with individuals who work with communities who have experienced highly stressful and/or traumatic events. First responders, law enforcement, fire, veterans, nurses, physicians, clergy, therapists, social workers, case managers, peer counselors and students are welcome to apply.

CRM’s goal is to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-informed and focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using a simple skills-based approach. The approach has been used across the lifespan which children, adults and seniors. Community Resiliency Model® Teachers are bringing the wellness skills to schools, community-based programs, veterans and their families, law enforcement and first responders throughout the United States and other parts of the world.

The training program includes learning the skills through teachings, experiential exercises, discussion and student teaching. The program has been shared with diverse cultures worldwide and encourages the concepts of cultural humility in the teaching approach. The training includes teaching strategies to use with children and adults.

The goals of the Certification Course are as follows:

  1. The participants will be able to describe the six skills of the Community Resiliency Model.
  2. The participants will be able to demonstrate three teaching methods for teaching the three core skills (Tracking, Resourcing and Grounding).
  3. The participants will be able to write at least two individualized CRM lesson plans for their population.
  4. The participants will be able to demonstrate methods for teaching CRM skills (Gesturing, Help Now, Shift and Stay).
  5. The participants will be able to list two or more ways to teach the CRM skills in group formats.
  6. The participants will be able to discuss the three ethical considerations in teaching CRM skills.
  7. The participants will be able to describe two research outcomes about the Community Resiliency Model.
  8. The participants will be able to discuss three ways to bring cultural competency into a CRM skills training.

CRM Teacher Training programs have been conducted worldwide in varied locations, including the Philippines, Japan, Northern Ireland, Trinidad, St. Vincent, England, Haiti, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, Samoa, the United States, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Somalia and Guatemala. CRM training has been offered at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Annual Conference and the Department of Defense named the wellness skills (CRM) of TRM a promising practice.


Elaine Miller-Karas, a licensed clinical social worker, is the co-founder and executive director of the Trauma Resource Institute. Her mission through the non-profit she co-founded is to bring compassionate healing to the world community, one person at a time, one community at a time. Her book, Building Resilience to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models details the two models she has co-created. The Community Resiliency Model has been called a vehicle for the democratization of mental health. She is passionate about bringing simple resiliency-focused interventions to children and adults, based on cutting edge neuroscience. She has led projects in the aftermath of natural and human made disasters within the United States, the Philippines, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Haiti, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Nepal, Turkey, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resiliency Coalition bringing mental health interventions to the world community as a result of climate change. She is also a Skoll Global Forum Social Entrepreneur.

EMDR Basic Training

Part One: May 3-5, 2019

Cost: $675
VA Staff & Students: $475
Refresher EMDR (1/2 day): $300


Part Two: October 12-14, 2019
Cost: $675
VA Staff & Students: $475
Refresher EMDR (1/2 day) $300


Kate Wheeler PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN, FAAN
EMDRIA Approved Trainer

Enrollment limited to the first 30 people. For more information, please call Kate Wheeler at 203-254-4000, ext. 2708.

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