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Nada India Foundation organised a training on emotional CPR that was conducted by Lauren Spiro at the Shantiratan Foundation, Chhatarpur on 14th & 16th March'20. The training was attended by 12 participants from various walks of life (Circle of Hope) while Ayaz is the Program Coordinator at Ashra Adhikar Abhiyan , Kushangi has a master's in Clinical Psychology and Pooja is a student of Geriatric Care and Nada Health Advocate.Upon being asked what he was expecting from the training, Amar, also a student of Geriatric Care at American India Foundation (Nada Circle of Hope), said, "CPR toh maine kiya tha, yeh eCPR kya hai yeh janne aaye hain" (I have practiced CPR , I'm here to learn what eCPR is all about). 

eCPR is a public health education program designed to teach people to assist others through emotional crisis through three steps: C = connecting, P = emPowering, and R = revitalizing. eCPR recognizes that the experiences of trauma, emotional crisis, and emotional distress are universal; they can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere. Read more 
 The training focussed on topics like "Trauma informed approach", "Features of dialogue", and "connecting". After learning the basics of eCPR pre lunch, post lunch, the sessions were focussed on practiticing eCPR in pairs of two in the form of real-play, wherein one participant drew inspiration from a personal trauma and played the role of a "person in distress", while the other person played the role of a supporter and the rest of the audience were observers, discussing in between pauses identifying the processes of "connecting", "empowering" and "revitalising", as well as discussing how the situations were making them feel and what the wondered could be done in a way that would cause a different outcome. 
While discussing "respecting the whole person", Pooja commented how we only respect those that can be of some help to us and disregard the rest. She was also quick to point out the culture specific approach of going to a magic man for having caught the "bad eye" instead of conversing about what emotional distress the said person is going through. 
After the session, Nikita commented how she learnt how important it is to listen to the person in distress without any judgement. She added, "pehle humein unse emotionally connect karna padega tabhi woh humse baat kar paenge" (first we will have to connect with them emotionally, only then they will be able to talk to us). 

Pooja mentioned that, "yahan aakar realised huya ki jin feelings ka hum mazak udate hai, uski respect karna zaruri hai aur yeh sab humari emotional health se related hai" (I realised after coming here that we often joke about these feelings, it's important to respect them and it is all related to our emotional health).    
Riya Nada Health Advocate 


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