Pathways to Promise is excited to have board member Rev. Barbara F. Meyers present at our bi-monthly leadership forum Engage, Learn, and Network Leadership Forum call on October 11th starting with the webinar from 10:30 – 11:00 am CT.
Rev. Meyers will be providing an introduction to Emotional CPR (eCPR) which is a public health education program of the National Empowerment Center. It was developed out of the premise that emotional crisis represents an opportunity for deeper self-awareness, growth, and connectedness with others. While CPR is used to teach someone how to revive someone’s physical heart, eCPR is designed to help us revive our emotional hearts.
Three Key eCPR Skills
- Connecting is based on practicing an unconditional, accepting, non-judgmental presence with another person, and developing relationships based on mutual trust and respect. It is particularly important to connect at the heart level. We learn to be with not do to or for the person in distress.
- Empowerment is a skill that is designed to help the person experiencing distress or crisis experience their passion and power to live a more fulfilling life. By the person assisting connecting as a collaborator, with wonder and curiosity the person in distress starts to experience their own power to heal and make decisions.
- Revitalizing emerges as the person feels freer to express their emotions and hopes. Then they can enter more fully into meaningful relationships, countering the fears, loneliness, or loss of meaning often at the heart of crises.
eCPR is Trauma-informed
eCPR is helpful for persons who have experienced trauma such a natural disaster (hurricane Katrina was an inspiration for it) or interpersonal abuse. It is trauma-informed because emphasizes connecting, empowering, understanding, and expressing emotions which are central factors in healing from trauma.
eCPR is for Everyone.
eCPR is not just designed for people in immediate emotional crisis. There is much debate on how to reduce violence in our society. While there are no easy answers to this question, we believe that if the skills and values of eCPR were more widely taught and shared in our communities, that it could serve a valuable preventative function.
eCPR Builds Stronger Communities
eCPR has broad application. It is used in culturally diverse communities, mobile crisis intervention, law enforcement, with communities and families in crisis and other environments.
Many of these concepts are similar to what clergy learn when studying pastoral counseling and chaplaincy – the importance of presence, the inherent worth of every person, and a focus on purpose and meaning.
Rev. Meyers look forward to presenting information about eCPR to the Pathways to Promise audience! To register for the webinar, please use this link https://cc.readytalk.com/r/wvhwi3unk6p5&eom
After the webinar we invite individuals to share the work they are doing in various parts of the country from 11 am to 11:30 am. If you will not be able to join us on the phone, feel free to report your activities and questions to our Lead Consultant Rev. Jermine Alberty by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can’t make the webinar but want to participate in the 11 – 11:30 am dialogue, you can dial in 303.248.0285 and enter access code 8102234.
The Rev. Barbara F. Meyers is an ordained Unitarian Universalist community minister affiliated with Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, California. Her ministry focuses on mental health issues. See her website Unitarian Universalist Mental Health Ministry to learn of all the mental health–related activities she has been involved with. She has been trained as an eCPR facilitator.