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The Comprehensive Resource Model

Join us March 13–16, 2015 • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day • Appleton, WI

Earn 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for your participation in this program.

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Program Description

The Comprehensive Resource Model was developed for use with all diagnoses and has been found to be extremely effective with PTSD. This training is custom-designed for therapists who are working specifically with military veterans and/or their families. It includes protocols for treating traumatic brain and body injuries in order to facilitate healing of the coupling of physical and emotional trauma that is so often found in combat veterans.

Healing from the impact of traumatic experiences requires that there is sufficient brain-based physiological safety for the survival terror to be stepped into, felt fully, remembered/re-membered, and re-oriented to so that it can be transformed. This liberates the individual’s life truths and allows integration of all aspects of all experience into the whole of one’s being, creating the ultimate connection to self as mind-body-spirit. The CRM provides the opportunity for re-connection to one’s true self; to the meaning of the truth of one’s life; and to the ability to embody love in one’s actions. Remembering and reconnecting to our internal as well as ancestral resources and joy is as important to this process as is the integration of traumatic and painful memories through the removal of the distressing emotions they have been carrying.

This method of resourcing allows for a healing alchemy: the experience of re-connecting to the innate resources in the soma within the context of our pain allows for the transformation of suffering from emotional and behavioral fight-flight-freeze to the manifestation of our spiritual purpose through action while living in a human, physical body. This is what we desire, what we are looking for, consciously or unconsciously.

Model Development

CRM has a number of influences and antecedents. The most recent is Resource Brainspotting, and in the CRM, eye position is used to anchor seven positive physiological states. The layered, concurrent, and/or sequential use of these seven primary resources allow processing of traumatic material without decompensation through flooding or other overwhelming experience. There are a variety of secondary resources woven throughout the use of these seven layers.

Another antecedent is ego state therapy. Each ego state involved in a particular therapeutic task is resourced in a way that allows natural processing to flow. New information can then emerge, allowing the client to orient to the past experience from a fresh perspective where new truths can unfold organically.

The entire therapeutic session is based in somatic altunement – a deep awareness of the client’s body state encouraged by the therapist’s mindful focus on self and client.

Practitioners of all therapeutic approaches may find it particularly useful to add The Comprehensive Resource Model for the Treatment of Complex PTSD techniques to their particular modality.

There is no pre-requisite for this training. 

How is CRM different compared to other trauma treatment modalities currently available?

  1. All of the CRM skills/model can be used with any other psycholtherapeutic modality as well as a stand along model/case conceptualization.
  2. The variety of internal resources as well as the sequential and concurrent use of the seven resources in a stacked or “nested” manner builds a neurological scaffolding of resources in the brain stem, midbrain, limbic system, and neocortex. The client remains in the highest level of resource during their trauma processing as a result of this scaffold so that the client is not retraumatized by the work and attachment disruption rewires completely.
  3. Clients are educated about the purpose and mechanics of the CRM resourcing skills with the intention that they can use these resources in between sessions to strengthen their own sense of empowerment and self-regulation day to day.
  4. Therapists will be taught how to differentiate authentic processing from abreactions and “hamster wheel” processing that is re-traumatizing and does not “stick”. Educating therapists regarding their ability to attune to a client’s process and thus their moment-to-mement needs will be done through study of the model as well as by utilizing the tools themselves.

Training Focus

The focus of The Comprehensive Resource Model training is the use of internal resources and eye position resource spots across the dissociative spectrum (from the mild, nonlife interfering dissociation that we all experience at some point in our lives to Dissociative Identity Disorder.)

Activating the innate organic healing energy grid within the body, enhancing dormant neurobiological attachment processes/attunement, and identifying and connecting with core self and spiritual essence allows for the power and augmentation of one’s potential to heal and be healed.

Uses of CRM as a whole

  • Complex PTSD
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Military PTSD
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Traumatic Brain and Body injury

Uses of specific CRM skills:

  • Treating complex PTSD as well as all diagnostic categories.
  • As “take-home” tools for between session stabilization and healing
  • For therapists to resource themselves during work with clients.

What military Therapists are saying about The Comprehensive Resource Model

“After having spent four days in Lisa’s Intensive I can only say one “word,” compound as it is: Life-Changing. CRM is, without a doubt, the best method – or perhaps better put, the best “therapeutic way of relating” – that I’ve learned AND LIVED in thirty years of practice. In my work with combat veterans, CRM has proven to be not just effective, but even more to be healing and hope giving. I cannot thank Lisa enough for her wisdom, her passion, and her commitment to the highest healing for all.”

Rodney B Deaton, RD, JD
Medical Director, Warrior Wellness Unit

Madison (Nashville), TN

“CRM is my overwhelming personal choice I doing my work with our nation’s Veterans. Utilizing the CRM has allowed me to approach their issues in a manner that increases their affect-tolerance in a non-traumatizing and non-threatening method. This allows the veteran to maintain their dignity and proceed forward in therapy. Many of my veterans have told me that they are making strides with me, when previously they had no success in psychotherapy. With CRM, veterans are to having severe abreactions and feel safe while doing the work.

The safety and ease that CRM provides also makes it much easier to address dissociation as well as taking into account the pre-war trauma histories that may soldiers experienced before joining the armed forces and which are activated by subsequent military trauma. This model allows for deep and thoroughly healing to occur without the client having to “talk” about what happened unless they want to. I have had CRM sessions where the veteran and I spoke less than 10 words to each other, and the result was incredible.

The techniques are simple enough for the veterans to use in-between sessions so that their healing work is not confined to an hour a week. I find that CRM is also more effective in less time than Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive-Processing Therapy (CPT) the VA’s chosen evidenced-based protocols.”

Earl R. Poteet, LCSW, MSW
Clinical Social Worker-Outpatient Clinic
Department of Veterans Affairs

La Junta, CO


March 13–16, 2015 • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day
UWO Appleton Executive Education Center
2323 East Capitol Drive
Appleton, Wis.


The fee for this program is $749.


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