Shasta Resilience Program

TRAUMA AND NATURAL DISASTER

In July, 2018 the Carr Fire swept across 290,000 acres over two counties, destroying over 1,000 residences and causing physical and psychological damage on a massive scale. The Carr Fire was followed by the Delta Fire and then the Camp Fire, exponentially compounding the physical and emotional toll. The Shasta Resilience Program addresses the immediate, pressing psychosocial needs stemming from the wildfires while also building local resilience and capacity to address future climate-related disasters and other major challenges facing the region.

While based in Shasta County, the program has a regional scope, creating systemic change across Northern California by working with key health and social service institutions in neighboring communities such as Butte, Siskiyou, Trinity and Tehama Counties.

In this dynamic program, which began October 2019, nearly 100 participants practiced evidence-based self-care tools for effectively addressing personal and professional stress after the fires and learned about The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s evidence-based model to rebuild resiliency in the north state.

Over the course of this two-part professional training program— which took place on October 2-5, 2019 and January 22-25, 2020— participants gained the skills to run community workshops and Mind-Body Skills Groups under the supervision of CMBM faculty, and reached 3,200 people just in the following year.

To learn more about the Shasta Resilience Training and get involved locally, contact Programs Director Musarrat Al-Azzeh at malazzeh@cmbm.org, or visit this page. If you are a participant looking for CEU credit, please visit this page.

Sponsoring Organizations

The Shasta Health Assessment and Redesign Collaborative (SHARC) has worked in cooperation with the Community Recovery Team (CRT) to bring this training to the Shasta County area and surrounding communities. Recognizing the significant emotional toll of the 2018 wildfire season, we are proactively building a foundation for community healing and resilience.

The Shasta Resilience Program works with community organizations and partners, as well as The Center for Mind Body Medicine. Our curriculum is the foundation for the program. The vision for the program is to develop their local capacity for healing, empower community members with comprehensive tools, foster community connection and resilience, and prevent the progression of stress and trauma into more serious social, mental, and physical impacts.

FUNDING GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY:
direct relief
shasta county health & humane services agency
nancy discoll foundation
shasta regional community foundation
lutheran disaster response evangelical lutheran church in america
the california endowment

Program Contact

For inquiries about our work in Northern California, contact Steph Strek, Program Manager, at strek@cmbm.org.