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
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.
NEC’s Oryx Cohen Featured on Break Down Wake Up Podcast
In this episode, Oryx Cohen shares his story of traveling to far away places via his psyche to find his own answers and insights.
The episode explores the value that extreme states of consciousness have in processing unresolved trauma, how we can ground ourselves when we are feeling disconnected through physical touch and present attention, and how feeling connected to people and things influence our care and investment in them.
Recording Now Available: Youth MOVE’s Approach to Developing Youth Leadership
Presenters: Madeline Zielinski and Jasmine Boatright
As the youth movement expands across the country, youth advocates are stepping into roles that support systemic transformation and work to improve services and supports for all young adults with lived experience with mental health challenges and other system involvement. Young adults assuming leadership and advocacy roles within communities must be able to recognize intrinsic strengths, build self- awareness, and have opportunities to identify areas for future growth and learning. These opportunities develop the capacity for youth advocates to become effective leaders. This webinar will explore Youth MOVE National’s approach to developing leadership capacity of youth and young adults with lived experience and explore how lived experience shapes our understanding of leadership.
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.