Ron is the Senior trainer of the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and has been co-teaching with the developer of CRM, Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed., since spring of 2011. In his role of Senior Trainer Ron travels and teaches Basic and Advanced CRM trainings nationally and internationally, and has been instrumental in supporting the development of CRM trainers worldwide. He provides individual and group consultation in person and by skype for training attendees to ensure immediate support in the early stages of learning. Ron has developed additions to the structure of the CRM and is the author of chapters describing these in the CRM book due for publication as a scientific monograph in 2016 through Routledge Publishing.
The Comprehensive Resource Model™ for the Treatment of Complex PTSD provides a streamlined, multi-layered neurobiological resource scaffolding that allows for fear responses to be extinguished while the client is fully present in the moment. 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. This model stresses that it’s not just enough to process the integration of traumatic and painful memories through the removal of the distressing emotions people have been carrying, rather it’s equally important to remember and reconnect to our internal and ancestral resources. This method of resourcing allows for a healing alchemy that provides for a more rich and meaningful therapeutic healing experience. 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 people desire, what we are looking for, consciously or unconsciously.
The focus of the training is the use of internal resources and eye position resource spots across the dissociative spectrum (from the mild, non-life 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 essences allows for the power and augmentation of one’s potential to heal and be healed.
CRM has a number of influences and antecedents. In the CRM process, eye position is used to anchor positive physiological states such as those induced by attunement and attachment, connection to true self, and mindfulness to energetic activity in the soma. This allows processing of traumatic material without decompensation through flooding or other overwhelming experience. 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 attunement – 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 CRM techniques to their particular modality.
CRM was also heavily influenced by the trauma model described by Colin Ross (1997), which includes cognitive restructuring, and psychodynamic insights. CRM includes new and original perspectives and techniques and has a step-by-step approach defined in written protocols so that psychotherapists can be trained in the application of this.
The following resources are layered, nested and woven into the work during sessions and between sessions, much like Russian Dolls are nested in one another:
- Eye Position
- Attunement (this is a tri-attunement model between therapist and client, within the client, and within the therapist)
- Ego State work
- Connected Resource Grids
- Core Self
Uses of the model as a whole:
- Complex PTSD
- Dissociative Disorders
- Attachment Disorders
- Performance Enhancement
- Traumatic Brain and Body Injury
Uses of specific CRM skills:
- For 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
The CRM is taught in 5 phases. They can be taken as close together or far apart as desired.
- CRM Basic Training – This is a pre-requisite for all other phases
- Advanced CRM with Core Self
- Advanced CRM Training with Generational healing
- CRM with DID and DDNOS clients
- CRM for Performance Enhancement