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NEC’s CEO Oryx Cohen Interviewed on Oddball Podcast

NEC’s CEO, Oryx Cohen, was recently interviewed on the Oddball Podcast about Emotional CPR and his work with NEC. Click here for the video interview and here for the audio recording.

A Good Intro to Emotional CPR

Webinar Recording Now Available: Coffee House Chat with NEC’s Youth Coordinator

Presenter: Felicity Krueger
Moderator: Shira Collings

Webinar Description:

Felicity is the National Empowerment Center’s new Youth Coordinator as well as Emotional CPR’s youngest trainer! This webinar will be all about NEC’s current work with youth, including Youth Emotional CPR, our Youth Leadership Webinar Series, and an adaption of Emotional CPR being developed for elementary age children. Come hear about these innovative programs and have an opportunity to get to know Felicity and learn about her role.

Click here for the recording.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Creating Sustainable Community Partnerships

Presenter: Alisha Rojas Harrison
Moderator: Shira Collings

Webinar Description:

Effective community partnerships help to support youth and teens, especially those that have adverse living experiences. Partnerships should be based on mutual respect and strengths based relationships. Relationships establish continuity between programs and community agencies with a firm footing in equity and sustainability. When you build and maintain a good partnership, your work is made not only easier but also more transparent, representative of community interests and needs, effective, and impactful.

Click here for the recording and here for the PowerPoint.

How Emotional CPR Can Help Persons “Be The Person They Were Born To Be”

NEC’s former CEO, Dan Fisher, MD, PhD recently authored an article illustrating how the practice of Emotional CPR helped a distressed person become aware of their feelings and feel for the first time that she could “be the person she was born to be.” Click here for the article.

Recent Work

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 Center@HSRI. 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)]

Finding Our Voice Together
NEC’s Quarterly Newsletter

NEC Newsletter - August 2023

Studies on Emotional CPR

Research findings of an eCPR study published in June 2022 found eCPR benefits individuals from multiple, diverse demographics. It can enhance their ability to connect with others, to understand what it means to be with someone who is experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis, to accept their own emotions, and to be confident in being their most authentic self in both their work and personal lives. Participants found eCPR training to be a valuable resource for learning new skills when engaging with an individual who may be in distress or experiencing a mental health crisis.

For a one-page summary of the article, click here.

To access the full-text publication, visit: https://formative.jmir.org/2022/6/e32219/

A study published in April 2021 found that eCPR 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. Statistically significant pre-post improvements were found related to one’s ability to identify emotions, support others in distress, communicate nonverbally, share emotions, and take care of oneself, as well as to one’s feelings of social connectedness, self-perceived flourishing, and positive affect. Findings indicated promising evidence of pre-post improvements (not statistically significant) related to loneliness, empowerment, active-empathetic listening, mindfulness awareness, and hope.

For a one-page summary of the article, click here.

To access the full-text publication, visit: https://jopm.jmir.org/2021/1/e25867.

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