National Empowerment Center Announces a Change in Leadership

May 14, 2015, 12:25 ET from National Empowerment Center

LAWRENCE, Mass., May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  The National Empowerment Center (NEC) announces that Daniel B. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D, has resigned as Executive Director of NEC, effective April 28, 2015.  He is resigning in order to spend more time public speaking, to promote Emotional CPR, and to finish his book on mental health recovery.

Dr. Fisher co-founded NEC with Patricia Deegan and the late Judi Chamberlin in 1992. Dr. Fisher served on the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and helped to create Personal Assistance in Community Existence (PACE) and Emotional CPR (eCPR) during his tenure.

Dr. Fisher will continue to work at NEC as a Senior Advisor to provide technical assistance, to direct eCPR training and to serve when needed to advise the Acting Executive Director.  

Oryx Cohen, M.P.A., will serve as Acting Executive Director until a permanent Executive Director has been selected.  Mr. Cohen has been a leader in the international mental health consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) movement for close to two decades.  During the transition phase, Mr. Cohen will continue as the Director of NEC's Technical Assistance Center, one of three peer-run technical assistance centers in mental health in the country.

Before joining NEC, Mr. Cohen was Co-Director of the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community and was also the co-founder of Freedom Center.  Mr. Cohen serves on several boards and committees internationally, nationally and regionally, including the Hearing Voices Network USA.  He speaks and conducts trainings internationally on such topics as Emotional CPR, Hearing Voices, Trauma, and Recovery, and is adjunct faculty in the Westfield State College Psychology Department.  A filmmaker as well, Mr. Cohen co-produced a documentary called Healing Voices that will be released later this year.

Contact: Oryx Cohen
National Empowerment Center

SOURCE National Empowerment Center