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Assisting People through Emotional CrisisEmotional CPR (eCPR) Participant Workbook 
Now Available!

Emotional CPR is a public health education program designed to teach people the skills to assist others through emotional crisis and regain a sense of hope and purpose in their lives. This workbook was developed for the eCPR certification training and provides a thoughtful discussion of the values of eCPR, the features of dialogue, and the primary components of eCPR: C = Connection, P = emPowering, and R = Revitalizing. Other sections include how to prepare oneself to provide eCPR as well as tips for self-care. The workbook is filled with inspiring quotes, real-life examples of embodying the practice of eCPR, sample instructions for role plays, and other exercises. The workbook is designed for anyone who may encounter a person in emotional crisis - law enforcement, mental health peers, mental health providers, family members, and others. 

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To learn more about eCPR, or to request an eCPR training, please visit www.emotional-cpr.org.

Emotional CPR: Saving Lives, Healing Communities

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Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a public health education program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps: C = Connecting, P = emPowering, and R = Revitalizing. People who have been through the training consistently report that the skills they learned have helped them communicate better in all their relationships. They tell us that eCPR is a way of life. Presenters used real life stories to explore how eCPR is healing communities, including:

  • How eCPR is being incorporated into diverse cultures and communities across the U.S. and overseas
  • How eCPR is being used to heal trauma and intergenerational violence
  • How eCPR is an effective suicide prevention approach
  • How eCPR is useful for law enforcement/public safety personnel

Click here for a flyer with presenter information (PDF, 306KB, 2 pages)

PDF version of PowerPoint for webinar (PDF, 1.48MB, 29 pages)

Click here to watch this informative webinar from 2012 which describes the fundamental concepts of Emotional CPR.

Several hundred people participated in the first Emotional CPR webinar on Feb. 16, 2012

Click here to visit the eCPR website where you may enjoy the video and PowerPoint presentation.

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PowerPoint presentation as a PDF (841KB, 36 pages)
Click here to listen to or download an audio file of the webinar (82.3MB)

Introduction to Emotional CPR Training VideoNew Introduction to Emotional CPR Training Video is now available

A Public Health Education Program

This DVD uses a combination of discussion and scenarios taken from real life to illustrate the values and practice of Emotional CPR (eCPR), an exciting and innovative public health education program designed to teach people how to support others through emotional crisis/distress and into recovery.

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Lauren SpiroeCPR (Emotional CPR):
A Tool & a Process of Peacemaking

Lauren Spiro | April 4, 2013

A few months ago I had the great honor of speaking with Kofi Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations, after a talk he had given locally here in Washington, DC. We spoke about eCPR and there was a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. He looked deep into my eyes and said, “We are in the same line of work. We are peacemakers.” It was a profound statement that inspired me to think more about eCPR as a tool of peacemaking. Click to read the full article at the Mad In America blog

CARF International Endorses Emotional CPR

CARF International recommends eCPR as “a holistic, empowering approach to assisting persons served to cope with emotional crisis”. In their 2013 Behavioral Healthcare standards manual, it is included as an example under the training requirement for direct service providers. CARF is the largest behavioral healthcare accrediting organization in the world.

International Association of Chiefs of Police Recommends eCPR

International Association of Chiefs of Police. Building Safer Communities: Improving Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness.

eCPR was recommended by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). According to a recent report, “Law enforcement personnel who learn eCPR will be better equipped to efficiently and effectively resolve a crisis call involving people in emotional distress, thereby reducing potential escalation, harm, or injury. eCPR is recommended by the IACP as a way to enrich CIT curricula.”