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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-336-0246 or the Apogee Center at email@example.com, 518-697-0976.
Apogee Center is Looking For…
One Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to Apogee Center Director and staff. Duties include maintaining mailing database, purchasing, answering calls, and coordinating the Center’s social media presence. The Administrative Assistant will assist walk-ins in a professional and welcoming manner, assist in the maintenance of the Community Participation Opportunity Database, attend all scheduled supervision meetings, complete all training requirements as director by the Center and maintain the confidentiality of recipients of service.
Qualified candidate should be a self-starter who works independently in the community and maintains professional relationships with staff, providers, and recipients, should possess effective verbal, written, and electronic communication skills, with excellent computer skills in Word, Excel, Publisher, and Facebook. Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of mental health recovery and should be a current or former recipient of mental health services who is comfortable disclosing their own recovery path as part of their work. Must be 18 years of age and a resident of Columbia County with a working telephone number, clean driving record, and reliable transportation. This position is for 12 hours, part time, Monday through Thursday 9 am – 12 pm.
Two Community Specialists who will interact with recipients by sharing common experiences while connecting them with community resources, and fostering their path to recovery. Activities include face-to-face support, telephone support, goal planning, and assistance in obtaining and maintaining vital services. Qualified candidate should be a self-starter who works independently in the community and maintains professional relationships with staff, providers, and recipients, should possess effective verbal, written, and electronic communication skills. Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of mental health recovery and should be a current or former recipient of mental health services who is comfortable disclosing their own recovery path as part of their work. Must be 18 years of age and a resident of Columbia County with a working telephone number, clean driving record, and reliable transportation. This position is part time, 15 hours weekly.
Duties of the position to include meeting with individuals who are pursuing mental health recovery for the purpose of supporting their recovery and helping identify their “passion for life”. Accompany recipients of services to community participation opportunities, facilitate peer led support groups, accurately record services delivered to recipients, complete reporting documents and submit to the Apogee Center Director, attend all scheduled supervision meetings, complete all training requirements as directed by the Center, and maintain confidentiality of recipients of service.
All offers are contingent upon the ability to obtain Statewide Central Registry and Fingerprint clearances, plus a clean MVR.
As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, the organization will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other protected classification.
Please send your resume with cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via regular mail to;
Attn: Human Resources, MHACGC, 713 Union Street, Hudson, NY 12534. Visit us online at www.mhacg.org
Join us on Friday, April 3rd from 2 pm-3:30 pm at The Apogee Center to learn about the use of essential oils in wellness and healing. Facilitator J.R. Roessl will provide an introduction to the use of essential oils and share with us information about her wellness group.
The Apogee Center is a wellness community committed to serving the interests of Columbia County, New York. Our mission is to provide intentional peer support to people who have experiences with the mental health system, or are pursuing mental health recovery and empowerment. We strive to develop relationships built upon authentic dialogue that will help people overcome stigma, recognize strengths, and find their place in the larger community.