The Cultivating Resilience Initiative

About Our Provider Support Initiative

The Cultivating Resilience Initiative (CRI) is an initiative of The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery (CVPR) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. CRI’s goal is to promote resiliency and healing in providers working with traumatized people by mitigating the impact of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Our guiding motto:

"The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.”
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

The Cultivating Resilience Initiative works intentionally in two areas with:

  • Community-based providers working within the interpersonal violence field (domestic, sexual and community violence, human trafficking and homicide response systems) who experience vicarious trauma through work with traumatized individuals and families in the context of systems of oppression.
  • Hospital-based providers impacted by work with vulnerable and traumatized patients and who experience compassion fatigue and primary and secondary trauma through their work in a health care setting.