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What is Emotional CPR?

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a trauma-informed public health education program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps:

C = Connecting

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

P = emPowering

The emPowering process helps people to uncover the deep wisdom of their emotions and to learn mastery over their feelings, as well as to assist others to feel more hopeful and engaged in life.

R = Revitalizing

In the Revitalizing process, people re-engage in relationships with their loved ones or their support systems, and they discover or resume roles, relationships, and community connections that support health and wellness. These routines reinforce the person's sense of mastery and accomplishment, further energizing their healing process.

Goal of Emotional CPR

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is designed to train people to assist others through emotional crisis and to make this practice accessible to people around the world.

Emotional CPR (eCPR)

eCPR is based on the principles of trauma-informed care, counselling after disasters, suicide prevention, cultural attunement, emotional intelligence, and peer support to avoid continuing emotional despair. This program was developed in USA, with input from a diverse group of recognized leaders who themselves have learned first-hand how to recover and grow from emotional crises. Presently, eCPR is being offered in many countries around the globe, and we currently have approximately 85 eCPR Trainers located throughout Africa, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Scotland, Singapore, Southeast Asia, United Kingdom, and USA.

For further information, to schedule an introductory presentation, to attend a public practitioner certification training program in eCPR, or to host an eCPR program for your staff, clients or community, or if you are interested in learning more about becoming an Educator or Trainer for the Emotional CPR Practitioner Certification Training Program, email Behaviour Aid at or you can reach us directly at 1-613-530-6270. (Calls from outside Canada may use WhatsApp)

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is an internationally recognized practitioner certification program. eCPR programs are typically 12- 15 hours in length. These experiential programs are typically held over 2- or 3-day periods. Two day programs run 6 - 7.5 hours per day, whereas three day programs run 4 - 5 hours per day. Each program is facilitated by one trainer and one educator as well as two (or more) apprentice educators.

There is a maximum of 23 participants per program. During the pandemic, in-person eCPR programs were not permitted, and as such, Emotional CPR (eCPR) programs were being held entirely virtually, using a Zoom platform. Now that the world is slowly reopening, we will gradually phase in more and more in-person programs in the future. Each individual course on the Attend eCPR page will clearly state if the program is being held virtually or onsite at our client's locations.

For all virtual programs, each participant will require adequate internet access, a private, quiet space, and a dedicated laptop or desktop computer with a working webcam and microphone in order to participate in this interactive program. An eCPR e-certificate of practitioner certification will be provided to all participants who complete a minimum of 12 hours of the training.

Each participant will be provided with an eCPR Participant Resource Manual (Digital Copy) upon successful completion of the program. Hard copies of this resource manual can be purchased below (See BOOKS section).

Types of eCPR Programs

eCPR for Everyone
eCPR Practitioner Certification Program

An Emotional CPR Practitioner Training Program that can also be customized to meet your needs, such as a specialized program for Parents or Caregivers, or a program specifically for First Nation groups.

eCPR for Youth
Youth eCPR Certification Program

A specialized Emotional CPR program focused specifically on youth.

eCPR for Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement eCPR Certification Program

A specialized Emotional CPR program facilitated exclusively to Law Enforcement Professionals.

eCPR for Law Enforcement Fact Sheet

eCPR Resources

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Emotional CPR Explained
Mental Health Matters : Emotional CPR
What is Emotional CPR (eCPR)? - eCPR Short Promo
Emotional CPR Brings Hope, Life and Community to a Sad World
Emotional CPR Presented by Dr. Daniel Fisher and Shontelle Prokipcak: Webinar 63
Emotional CPR: An Introduction to Assisting Others through Emotional Crisis
Emotional CPR by and for Youth
Emotional CPR with Dr. Daniel Fisher
This radio show originally aired on on Thursday, August 30, 2018

In this episode Dr. Baranowsky engages with guest speakers Dr. Daniel Fisher and Shontelle Prokipcak, proponents of the eCPR approach to building real, human connections, strong communities, and a broader life.
Emotional CPR

Emotional CPR (eCPR) stands for Emotional Connection, emPowering, and Revitalizing. It is a meaningful new approach for dealing with crisis and emotional struggles that was developed by Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Fisher. Using this approach, people can learn how to connect with individuals and help them work through their trauma. Dr. Fisher's approach comes from the belief that “everyday emotions are tiny revelations”, and when listeners are present for those revelations, it allows them to build emotional connections and support each other.

The second guest speaker on this episode is Shontelle Prokipcak of Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa (MHASO), a clinician who brought the training to the Ottawa region in October 2018.
Heartbeats of Hope: The Empowerment Way to Recover
Heartbeats of Hope: The Empowerment Way to Recover Purchase on Amazon

Emotion Sensation Feeling Wheel Handout by Lindsay Braman
Emotion Sensation Feeling Wheel Handout by Lindsay Braman Purchase from Lindsay Braham

Emotional CPR Participant Resource Book
Emotional CPR Participant Resource Book Purchase from National Empowerment Centre

A New Vision of Recovery
A New Vision of Recovery Purchase from National Empowerment Centre


Lisa E. A. Watson

Lisa E. A. Watson is one of our Canadian certified eCPR trainers, who has her own past history overcoming anxiety, panic attacks, and depression, which led her into a rewarding career helping others overcome similar mental health issues. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Behavioural Psychology, Lisa also holds several Masters-level accreditations in Trauma Recovery, Grief Support, Suicide Intervention, and Ambiguous Loss (MMIW/M). Lisa is also a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor and a strong mental health professional who is a passionate advocate for Canada's Indigenous peoples. She was a valued member of the National Mental Health and Wellness Crisis Response Team, and in that capacity has lived and travelled extensively throughout Canada's Arctic, assisting many First Nation and Inuit communities and reserves in times of crisis. She now runs her own Mental Health, Wellness and Crisis Response company, Behaviour Aid, both nationally and internationally.

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