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A Good Intro to Emotional CPR

New Study on We R H.O.P.E.: Assessing the Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Effectiveness of a School-Aged Program that Supports Physical Activity and Wellness

We R H.O.P. E. is a school-based mental health program that includes evidence-based principles designed to engage children and adolescents in anxiety treatment, including wellness and emotional regulation, and the emotional CPR method. The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of We R H.O.P. E. The study demonstrated that the school-based We R H.O.P. E. program is a promising approach to decrease anxiety in children and adolescents in everyday environments that they interact in. The We R H.O.P.E. program was associated with a significant  decrease in participant anxiety levels after 90 days. Click here to read the study.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Finding Your Rhythm: Infusing Music into Crisis Settings

Presenter: Travis Atkinson

Webinar Description:

Music and art play a vital role in a person’s wellbeing, and an even more critical one in a person’s recovery, yet self-expression is never given the priority that psychopharmacology and interpersonal therapy are given in crisis settings. In this webinar, learn about meaningful and creative ways to bring music into crisis treatment settings, from songwriting and singalongs to intimate performances.
  1. Participants will understand three therapeutic benefits to musical self-expression and exposure as evidenced by empirical research
  2. Participants will be able to identify a plan for enhancing their access to quality music experiences for the people they serve.
  3. Participants will comprehend three unique challenges to infusing music into crisis settings and three key considerations when working with local musicians.

Click here for the recording.

Presentation by NEC’s Kim Ewing on Emotional CPR

On August 9th, NEC’s Emotional CPR Coordinator, Kim Ewing, presented on eCPR to the Community Coalition Alliance in Florida which included 15 coalitions all over the state of Florida. Click here to view the recording of her presentation.

Video from 8-Year-Old Youth Peer Advocate

Chase Arcangel is an autistic advocate who is passionate about disability rights and the environment. He would like to become a meteorologist when he grows up. He loves art, music, reading, and science. He collaborated with his mom, Joana, to create this video about advocacy.

Both Chase and Joana spoke in NEC’s recent Finding Our Voice webinar. See below for more information on this webinar and the link to the recording.

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.

Moving Toward a Human Rights Approach to Mental Health, published in Community Mental Health Journal, by Jim Probert

Article Abstract: The University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center (UFCWC) has implemented peer support and professional training programs to address human rights identified within advocacy groups comprised of individuals who have, themselves, been diagnosed with mental illness. These programs are moving the UFCWC toward fulfilling a 2017 United Nations report emphasizing rights-based professional training, provision of genuine informed consent, and availability of non-compromised peer support alternatives. Collaborating with student peers, four UFCWC faculty members have facilitated forms of peer support developed within service-user movements, while openly identifying experiences of reclaiming their own lives from the impacts of adversity, intense mental distress, and traumatizing responses of others to their distress. In the wake of the current pervasive health, economic, and social justice crises, professionals have a collective opportunity to recognize the human experience and rights of those suffering mental distress. These UFCWC programs offer one example of steps taken toward that goal.

Click here to read the article.

Promising Evidence of the Role of Emotional CPR: Co-Immunity Through Community CPR

A recent editorial by Daniel Fisher points out that social-emotional connecting can improve a person’s immune response. We are calling this Co-immunity through community. Since Emotional CPR has been shown to improve emotional connecting, this editorial suggests that Emotional CPR can improve Co-immunity to COVID. Click here to read the editorial.

Recent Work

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

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)]

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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