International Social Work: Loma Linda University’s Trauma Team

Resiliency Within

Mar 21 2022 • 1 hr


The Loma Linda University (LLU) International Behavior Health Trauma Team (IBHTT) operated by the LLU School of Behavioral Health (SBH) has been providing international trauma preparatory training and psychological first aid disaster response since 1995. Dr. Bev Buckles and Dr. Kimberly Freeman will share their international work as members of the IBHTT. Dr. Buckles is the founder and lead for the IBHTT and first required the team supporting services in Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, to complete initial training in the Community Resiliency Model (CRM). Dr. Freeman, a member of the team and a specialist in child development has been one of the key members of the IBHTT. Dr. Buckles and Dr. Freeman, both social workers, will discuss the impact social workers can make in response to human made and natural disasters globally. Since 2010 the IBHTT has used CRM in over 90 international services and trainings around the world, which have included serving as members of TRI’s global response as needed. Beginning in 2012 the IBHTT began collaborative research with TRI to continue to evaluate the effectiveness of CRM. Under the leadership of Dr. Susanne Montgomery, Associate Dean for Research a robust CRM research agenda continues to expand to support global outreach and healthcare applications.