Healthy Options 11/1/23: Restoring and enhancing resiliency and balance after shock and trauma

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall

Healthy Options: For Well-being & Being Well

This month:

1  How does the Trauma Resiliency Model and Community Resiliency Model work to calm the nervous system?
2  How can Trauma Resiliency aid individuals & communities in the recovering process, after mass shootings?
3  What are some new strategies being used globally to treat trauma?
4  What is a simple technique we can try right now to relax our nervous system?
5  How does our nervous system respond to stress?
6  What is second-hand trauma?
7  What are some ways to assist someone who has directly experienced trauma?
8  What is the “resilient zone”? How do we know if we are no longer regulated emotionally?
9  What do we mean by “understanding our physical body at the level of sensation”?
10 What is the amygdala and what part does it play in trauma & PTSD? What are we learning from neuroscience & neuropsychology regarding trauma?
11 How do the steps of the Community Resiliency model work? What does it mean to use the techniques of Tracking, Grounding, Finding a Resource, Gesturing, Getting Help Now, and Stay & Shift, and how can they help us deal with our own responses to stress and trauma?
12  Does the Community Resiliency Model work with children? How can we teach children to self-regulate themselves emotionally?


Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW, is a trauma therapist, co-founder and former Executive Director of the Trauma Resource Institute, and key developer of the Community and Trauma Resiliency Models. She is the author of “Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models”, the host of the weekly podcast, “Resiliency Within”, and a contributor to Psychology Today.

The Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) is a nonprofit organization devoted to cultivating trauma-informed and resiliency-focused individuals and communities throughout the world.

“Resiliency Within” podcast:

“Resiliency Within” Facebook page:

VoiceAmerica- “Resiliency Within”:

Reflections of a Trauma Therapist in the Russo-Ukraine War

NAMI -National Alliance on Mental Illness

988 Crisis Line

Previous Healthy Options programs on the Trauma Resource Institute can be found at:

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.