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:

Webinar Recording Now Available: Sailing on Self-Management, the Organization of Empowerment

Presenter: Max Huber

Webinar Description:

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 selfmanagement, the organization of empowerment in an institutional setting’, to obtain his PhD from the Free University in Amsterdam. He argues that while selfmanagement 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 selfmanagement 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.

Click here for the webinar recording.

New Resource: The Advocates’ Guide 2020

The Advocates’ Guide: An Educational Primer on Federal Programs and Resources Related to Affordable Housing andCommunity Development is, as the title suggests, a guide to affordable housing. But on many levels it is much more than that. The guide comprises hundreds of pages of useful resources and practical knowhow, written by leading experts in the affordable housing and community development field with a common purpose: to educate advocates and affordable housing providers of all kinds about the programs and policies that make housing affordable and accessible to low-income people across America.

Click here for the guidebook.

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.

Click here to listen.

Recording Now Available: Youth MOVE’s Approach to Developing Youth Leadership

Presenters: Madeline Zielinski and Jasmine Boatright

Webinar Description:

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.

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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.

Resource of the Week

Measuring the Promise: A Compendium of Recovery Measures

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

Enhancing Standards and Principles in Digital Mental Health With Recovery-Focused Guidelines for Mobile, Online, and Remote Monitoring Technologies (PDF, 2 pages, 434KB)

NEC Now Hosting Empower! Radio Show

Dan Fisher and Oryx Cohen are now hosting a monthly radio show on Unity Radio, WUTY 102.9 FM, Worcester’s Community Connection! Be sure to check out the latest episode!

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