NEC's Hearing Voices Curriculum is now available as a virtual training, including an electronic version of the Instructor's Guide and instructions for conducting the training online. Click here for more information.
For listings of online and phone supports during this time check out PeerGalaxy, Western Mass RLC's Listing of Online and Phone Supports, and Peerly Human. In these times of fear, uncertainty and increased isolation, NEC
Upcoming Webinar: Emotional CPR by and for Youth
Presenters: Briza Gavidia, Felicity Therese Krueger, and Shira Collings
Wednesday, May 19th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern
Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a program designed by people with lived experience to teach people how to connect with and support those in distress, drawing from the principles of trauma-informed care and mental health recovery. Recently, eCPR was adapted to meet the needs of youth in a collaborative process with young people and those who work with them. In this webinar, the presenters will share their experience taking leadership roles with developing the eCPR for Youth curriculum and tailoring this program to meet the unique needs of young people. Presenters will also share their own personal experiences of engaging in eCPR as youth and training other youth peers in this approach. Participants will gain an understanding of the leadership roles youth can play in mental health education and training.
In this webinar, Dan Adams will present on Sources of Strength, a best practice, evidence-based youth suicide prevention project that uses trained youth peer leaders to enhance protective factors across an entire school population, producing increased help seeking behaviors & fostering positive peer-to-peer and youth-adult connections. The program originated in North Dakota in 1998, under the direction of the program’s founder, Mark LoMurray, and has since grown to national prominence, with programs implemented across the USA and Canada. Today the program is based in Lakewood, Colorado, and works with more than 2,500+ urban, suburban, rural, and tribal communities across 40 different states and provinces.
The webinar will engage the underlying philosophy behind Sources of Strength, including: radically strength-based approaches to prevention; upstream prevention strategies that focus on building resiliency and increasing overall community wellbeing; network informed suicide prevention that seeks to strengthen social integration and maximize youth-adult connectedness; and and youth leadership strategies that empower youth to use their voice and story to shift the culture and climate of their school and community by spreading messages of hope, help, and strength.
The Hudson Health Department received a grant to offer NEC’s Emotional CPR training to multiple sectors of the Hudson community, such as the business community, first responders, town department, school staff, and the library. Hudson will be the first community in the country to have multiple sectors trained in eCPR. For more information, click here.
New Research Evaluates Feasibility and Effectiveness of Emotional CPR
A research study evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of the National Empowerment Center’s peer-led training program, Emotional CPR (eCPR), has been published in the Journal of Participatory Medicine. The researchers write: “Findings indicate that it is feasible for people with a lived experience of a mental health condition to develop a program and train people to deliver eCPR with fidelity…Promising evidence indicates that eCPR, a peer-developed and peer-delivered program, may increase feelings of belonging while increasing supportive behaviors toward individuals with mental health problems and improving clinical outcomes related to positive and negative affect and feelings of loneliness.” For the full article, click here. For additional information about eCPR: https://emotional-cpr.org/
Webinar Recording Now Available: Sailing on Self-Management, the Organization of Empowerment
Presenter: Max Huber
Over the last ten years, Max Huber has studied self-managed crisis alternatives (a.k.a. peer respites or consumer run programs), together with participants, peer workers and others involved. His main research was done in the Netherlands, though he visited multiple programs in the US and elsewhere for inspiration and insights. In the final part of his study he organized an international exchange with various types of alternatives. He recently published his book ‘Sailing on self–management, the organization of empowerment in an institutional setting’, to obtain his PhD from the Free University in Amsterdam. He argues that while self–management is not all things, for all men, by offering practical benefits, freedom of choice and opportunities for capacity development, self-managed alternatives are many things for many people. The intrinsic contradictions of these programs, force participants, peer workers and others involved to rethink self–management continuously. The power of groups of participants to reinvent themselves, start over and find new ways to deal with the challenges and opportunities offered is a constant source of amazement for others involved.
In this webinar, Max will discuss the main findings of his research and the implications for further development of self-managed alternatives, both in practice and in policy. There will be ample room for questions and discussion.
Webinar: Emotional CPR Brings Hope, Life and Community to a Sad World
British Columbia Psychosocial Rehabilitation | Advanced Practice is very pleased to announce a webinar with Dr. Daniel Fisher CEO of The National Empowerment Center, and Shontelle Prokipcak from Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa! Click here for the webinar overview
Recent Interview with NEC’s Dan Fisher on Polish Radio Station
Daniel Fisher was recently interviewed in Katowice,Poland by a TV station. There is an introduction in Polish, but rest of interview is in English with translation into Polish. See below for the interview.
Updated Hearing Voices Curriculum Now Available!
Originally developed by Dr. Pat Deegan, the NEC Hearing Voices Curriculum now includes updates developed by Dr. Dan Fisher, Oryx Cohen, and Digital Eyes Film. In addition to the original simulation exercises, the updates include a new DVD featuring one of the co-founders of the Hearing Voices Network, Dr. Marius Romme, as well as testimony from voice hearers themselves. The updated curriculum includes new discussion questions that will help participants better understand how they can support voice hearers after the training.
For more information about the curriculum click here.
Learn more about the updated Hearing Voices Curriculum in the video below.
One of a series of materials produced by the Evaluation [email protected] This compendium provides a resource of current recovery and recovery-related instruments for adult mental health system stakeholders to use in research and evaluation particularly towards the end of identifying evidence-based practices. [Click to view Measuring the Promise (PDF – 7,917KB, 254 pages)]
Daniel B. Fisher is co-author of Psychiatry Online article on Virtual Support for Recovery
Finding Our Voice is a program for training emerging c/s/x leaders in advocacy skills and ways of being.
The following video was produced by one our graduates, Miriam Israel using the skills that she learned in our training.
Quick Resources Guide
A warmline is a peer-run listening line staffed by people with lived experience of mental health challenges. Click here for a list of warmlines in each state.
Online and Phone Supports During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Click here to access listings of online and phone-based peer support groups from PeerGalaxy, Western Mass RLC, and Peerly Human during this time of physical distancing.