Goal: to train people to assist others through an emotional crisis and to make this practice accessible to people around the world.
What is Emotional CPR? eCPR is an educational program designed to teach anyone to assist another person through an emotional crisis by three simple steps of C=Connecting, P=emPowering, and R=Revitalizing. The Connecting section of eCPR involves deepening listening skills and people are finding this particularly useful. The emPowering section helps people better understand how to feel empowered themselves as well as to assist others to feel more hopeful and engaged in life. In the Revitalizating section people re-engage in relationships with their loved ones or their support system, and they resume or begin routines that support health and wellness which reinforces the person’s sense of mastery and accomplishment, further energizing the healing process. eCPR is based on the principles found to be shared by a number of support approaches: of trauma-informed care, counseling after disasters, peer support to avoid continuing emotional despair, emotional intelligence, suicide prevention, and cultural attunement. It was developed with input from a diverse cadre of recognized leaders from across the U.S., who themselves have learned how to recover and grow from emotional crises. They have wisdom by the grace of first- hand experience.
Crisis as Universal Experience
Emotional crisis is a universal experience. It can happen to anyone, at any
time. When we are exposed
A Holistic, Hopeful, and Empowering Approach
Through eCPR we learn that people in emotional crisis express their feelings
as a form of communication
eCPR for Law Enforcement
Certification and Train-the-Trainers Programs
To schedule an introductory workshop/training in eCPR, or If you would like to be an eCPR Ambassador and help spread the word about this exciting program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-642-4480. Please visit the NCMHR website: www.ncmhr.org for eCPR updates and education materials.
eCPR Lead Trainers
Daniel Fisher, MD, PhD:
Dan’s life’s purpose comes from his lived experience of
recovery from schizophrenia, which inspired him to dedicate himself to helping
others find their voice and to recover. He earned an MD, and completed his
residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has practiced as a board-certified,
community psychiatrist for 25 years. In 1992, he co-founded the
federally-funded National Empowerment Center and has served as its Executive
Director since then. He was a Commissioner on the President’s New Freedom
Commission on Mental Health, 2002-03.
Tracy Love works as a mental health/wellness educator and consultant in California. She currently serves on the Client and Family Leadership Committee. Since her own personal experience with the criminal justice system, she has worked passionately to educate police in cultural attunement and sensitivity, particularly when interacting with people experiencing an emotional crisis. She provides training to law enforcement personnel on crisis intervention and manages wellness recovery programs in Alameda County, CA.
Ann Rider, MSW, CPRP:
Ann is a social worker and mediator by training, and a writer and gardener by
avocation. Using her own experience recovering from psychiatric disability and
addiction, Ann developed and implemented Peer Specialist training for two
agencies and for the state of Arizona. She worked as the mental health advocate
for Arizona's Protection and Advocacy system, and has taught peer support and
recovery classes in Arizona, Canada, and New Zealand. Ann is the CEO of Recovery
Empowerment Network in Arizona, an advocate, and a faculty associate at Arizona
Lauren Spiro, MA - Lauren has devoted her life’s work to transforming mental health care. Labeled with chronic schizophrenia as a teenager, her journey to wellness informs all her work. She co-founded two non-profit corporations and as the director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Reform, she advances the values, vision, policies and legislative priorities of mental health consumers in Washington, D.C. and across the country. She is an artist and holds a M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology.
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