eCPR Community Workshop

ECPR Workshop – It is time to register!
A workshop to help caregivers, families, peer supporters, mental health and medical providers, social workers, spiritual leaders, teachers, police, fire, EMTs, and anyone who works with individuals that can get emotionally upset.

What: One-day emotional CPR workshop.
When: Saturday, November 7 from 9 am to 4:30 pm.                                                                       A catered lunch will be provided at no additional cost for participants.                           Where: 555 Joslen Blvd, Hudson, NY (Trinity United Methodist Church).                                  Free, ample parking. Handicap accessible.

The workshop: NAMI-CC and the Apogee Center, with assistance from Parsons Child and Family Center, is making this workshop widely available to family caregivers and a variety of professionals so they have tools necessary to help persons in an emotional crisis. Emotional CPR was developed by Daniel Fisher, M.D., PhD. to provide immediate help for people in emotional crisis and help caregivers, families, peer supporters, mental health and medical providers, social workers, EMTs, police, firemen, teachers, spiritual leaders and others better deal with upset and emotional individuals. It is a cost-saving tool that once learned can help to avoid, in all but the most difficult situations, need for police intervention, for hospitalization, and help upset individuals feel better about the incident’s outcome. Dr. Fisher will be leading the workshop.

eCPR is a public health educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps: Connecting, Empowering and Revitalizing. The Connecting process of eCPR involves deepening listening skills, practicing presence, and creating a sense of safety for the person in crisis. The Empowering process helps people better understand how to empower themselves as well as to assist others to feel hopeful and engaged in life. In the Revitalizing process people   re-engage in relationships with their loved ones and their support system. They resume or begin routines that support health and wellness, which reinforces the person’s sense of accomplishment, further energizing the healing process. Through a combination of presentation, interactive discussions, and dynamic role-playing with reflecting dialogue, participants will learn about and practice the key concepts involved in effectively supporting a person through an emotional crisis and into healing.

eCPR is based on principles shared by: trauma-informed care, counseling after disasters, peer support, emotional intelligence, suicide prevention, psychological first aid, and cultural empathy.

Co-create a learning environment for all during our training time together
Learn how to assist someone through an emotional crisis
Inspire motivation and change in someone experiencing emotional distress
Assist others to tap into their own courage and power
Reframe crisis as opportunity
Facilitate the other persons access to inner wisdom
Support people to take steps in the direction of their dreams

Cost: The workshop is low cost ($10) so that family caregivers can participate. This fee includes a catered lunch. NAMI-CC and the Apogee Center have worked with Parsons Child and Family Center to get 6 NYS Dept. of Educ. approved CEU’s for LMSWs and LCSWs for those who attend the full day workshop (you must attend the full day – no late arrivals or early dismissals). Workshop cost for professionals who want CEU’s will be $60. There is an additional fee of $25 for the workbook, payable directly to the National Empowerment Center at the event. A workbook is suggested for everyone, but highly recommended for professionals. A certificate for CEUs will be given at the end of the workshop. A certificate of completion will be available for all other participants. Advance registration required for all – see below for the registration form. Print it out and mail it in with the appropriate workshop fee (sorry, we do not have the ability to accept credit or debit card payments, nor can we accept electronic registration forms – snail mail only!). We will return a confirmation by e-mail (or by postcard for those who do not have email). Do not send $25 for the workbook – that is payable at the event.

Who is Dr. Fisher? Daniel Fisher holds a PhD in neurochemistry, and while doing research at the National Institute of Mental Health he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Following hospitalization, he went back to school and became a psychiatrist. Dr. Fisher obtained an M.D. from George Washington University Medical School in 1976 and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Harvard teaching program at Cambridge Hospital. He is presently a staff psychiatrist at Riverside Community Mental Health Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has worked as a board-certified psychiatrist for 25 years in a variety of settings. He is founder and co-director of the National Empowerment Center in Lawrence, MA. He also was an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.

He is among the few psychiatrists in the country who openly discuss his recovery from mental illness. ECPR was developed based on Dr. Fisher’s actual experience as a patient in a mental hospital and his belief that there could be a better way to reach people in emotional crisis than those taught to clinicians. This was supplemented by his work with victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and consultations with other clinicians who have been hospitalized. Dr. Fisher has taught eCPR in 16 states and several foreign countries. He is uniquely qualified to teach this workshop.

The Final Word: Following the instructions; print, fill out and mail in the registration form below. Save the date on your calendar! Any changes to the workshop will be posted on this site. For any questions not answered above, email or call NAMI-CC at:, 518-336-0246 or the Apogee Center at, 518-697-0976.

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