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About Emotional CPR (eCPR)

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is an educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis. eCPR is based on the principles found to be shared by a number of support approaches: trauma-informed care, counselling after disasters, peer support to avoid continuing emotional despair, emotional intelligence, suicide prevention, and cultural attunement. It was developed with input from a diverse cadre of recognized leaders, who themselves have learned how to recover and grow from emotional crises. They have wisdom by the grace of first- hand experience.

Through eCPR we learn that people in emotional crisis or distress express their feelings as a form of communication to be understood and our approach assumes that people are doing their best to cope up with an experience beyond their current ability to effectively manage. The sooner we begin to support a [person in emotional crisis or distress, the more likely it is that the person will make a full and speedy return to a life of community.

First ever Afro-South Asia 2021 took place in October 2021 graduating 43 people from Africa and South Asia. Next program coming soon!

 

The eCPR Approach

A Holistic, Hopeful, and Empowering Approach

Through eCPR we learn that people in emotional crisis or distress express their feelings as a form of communication to be understood and our approach assumes that people are doing their best to cope with an experience beyond their current ability to effectively manage. The sooner we begin support for a person in emotional crisis, the more likely it is that the person will make a full, speedy return to a life in the community. In essence, eCPR helps people learn the skills required to act as a bridge between a person in distress and the community at large, assuring that important roles are not lost and the person in crisis reintegrates quickly back into the daily routine of everyday life. Our approach is holistic, heart-to-heart, and embedded in a hopeful belief that by using our interior experience we can help another person recover from an emotion.

Emotional CPR (eCPR) employs three simple steps:

C = Connecting
P = emPowering, and
R = Revitalizing.

C = Connecting

P = emPowering

R = Revitalizing

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The Connecting process of eCPR involves deepening listening skills, practicing presence, and creating a sense of safety for the person experiencing a crisis.

The emPowering process helps people better understand how to feel empowered themselves as well as to assist others to feel more hopeful and engaged in life.

In the Revitalizating process, people re-engage in relationships with their loved ones or their support system, and they resume or begin routines that support health and wellness which reinforces the person’s sense of mastery and accomplishment, further energizing the healing process.

 

Meet the global eCPR Facilitator Team

 
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Flora Releford, Texas, United States

Flora Releford: has over three dedicated decades of experience with Texas county, state, and federal health and wellness agencies. She uses her knowledge, experiential wisdom, and education in emotional wellness, whole health, and healing arts to support others in a conscious transformation from mental, physical, emotional, or artistic blocks by releasing trauma through a variety of traditional and alternative healing modalities. She has a private Alternative Healing Arts holistic health and wellness practice and a passion for guiding individuals to lifestyle behavior changes and providing evidence-based educational practices in Emotional CPR. Flora is an ECPR trainer, Reiki Master, Life and Recovery coach, CHW, PRSS/ ICPR /PM, MCSE, and NLP.