Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out about presentations or trainings in eCPR?
Check our schedule of trainings: www.emotional-cpr.org/training.htm. Many (but not all) of these are free to individuals interested in participating. Certifications typically have a cost. Please contact us if you would like more information on presentations and trainings listed.
How do I schedule an eCPR training in my state or community?
Please contact us via our contact form or call 877-246-9058 with your query, and we will respond promptly.
If there is no eCPR training scheduled in my area, what can I do to move forward?
We encourage you to think about organizing a training or certification in your community. We are happy to talk with you to explore options for bringing eCPR to your area. What resources may be available? What other groups, constituencies or organizations might partner with you? What level of training or certification makes sense at this time? We have flexible options to meet your needs, including one or two-day trainings as an introduction to eCPR. See the question below on options for more information.
What are the options for training?
Training in eCPR comes in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of an organization or community.
- Introductory talk (approximately 2 hours): Gives an orientation to eCPR and allows time to dialogue and to respond to questions as well as to discuss next steps if an organization would like further training. Many of these are free to individuals interested in participating since an organization has already contracted with us to present.
- eCPR workshop (half day to full day): Gives an in-depth overview of eCPR with ample time for audience participation, questions and/ or role plays. Workshops are typically presented at local, state or national conferences or meetings, and therefore are free to those attending the conference.
- eCPR certification: A 14 hour training, typically conducted over two consecutive days, teaches people to be proficient in practicing eCPR.
- eCPR facilitators certification: A four-day training teaches people how to train others to be proficient in practicing eCPR and puts people on track to become an eCPR trainer. Read more about this below, under What is the difference between the two-day and the four-day eCPR certifications and how does one becomes a trainer.
Does eCPR have different target audiences or it is the same curriculum for all participants?
The eCPR Participant Workbook was developed to be as inclusive as possible of diverse populations. Our advisory group has been key in assisting us with the multicultural applicability of eCPR. The training itself can be easily adapted to fit specific populations. Our trainers are highly skilled and experienced in working with people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
eCPR Law Enforcement (LE) is a workbook currently under development. eCPR LE utilizes language, examples and role play exercises designed specifically for the law enforcement community.
What's the difference between the two-day and the four-day eCPR certifications and how does one becomes a trainer?
People who have completed the two-day eCPR practitioner training and are proficient to perform eCPR in the community (as evidenced by receiving an eCPR certification as a practitioner) may present introductory eCPR talks and workshops. We encourage eCPR practitioners to do presentations with other eCPR practitioners to improve their skills and get experience facilitating eCPR workshops.
People who have completed the four-day eCPR certification and have shown that they are proficient as an eCPR facilitator (as evidenced by receiving an eCPR certification as an apprentice facilitator) are apprentice facilitators. Apprentice facilitators are able to co-facilitate (with at least one eCPR trainer) a two-day eCPR practitioner training.
After an apprentice facilitator successfully facilitates (with at least one eCPR trainer) a two-day eCPR certification training, they become a facilitator. Facilitators are able to co-facilitate (with at least one eCPR trainer) both two- and four-day eCPR certification trainings.
Graduation to eCPR trainer level is determined on an individual basis. Trainers must demonstrate proficiency in communicating all aspects of the eCPR training, successfully demonstrating role plays, and effectively evaluating participants role plays. Typically a facilitator co-trains at least two eCPR certifications (one of which should be a four-day certification) before becoming a trainer. Often, however, a facilitator co-trains on several eCPR certification teams before she or he is sufficiently prepared to take on the responsibility of being an eCPR trainer. For a facilitator to graduate to trainer status, two eCPR trainers must agree that the facilitator is ready.
With increased experience trainers begin to take on additional responsibility, such as coordinating aspects of an eCPR training. Being a trainer also means mentoring facilitators and apprentice facilitators. The highest role a trainer may have is a lead trainer on a certification team. A lead trainer’s responsibilities include coordinating and ensuring that all aspects of the training run smoothly and overseeing all activities before, during, and after the training, such as preparatory meetings with the training team before the training and debriefings both during and after the training.
How much physical space is needed for the 4 day training?
A room needs to be large enough to accommodate the number of participants in the training. People may be seated around tables arranged in a “U” shape or in some other arrangement that preferably allows participants to see each other. This large room should have sufficient space for groups of two to three participants to sit in a small circle and conduct role plays.
In addition to the large room, on the second through fourth days of training, we will need access to smaller rooms where groups of four to six participants can meet. For example, a training for 20 participants would need one large room and three smaller rooms.