“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor”
Alexis Carrel: Nobel Prize Recipient-Physiology 1912
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Eric Arauz has keynoted, lectured, hosted Grand Rounds and Pre-conferences at the Menniger Clinic Houston, TX; University of Pennsylvania; the NOVA National event in New Orleans LA; PsychCongress National Las Vegas, NV; UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Los Angeles, CA; Univ. of Colorado; the APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute Reston,VA and at the Contemporary Forums events in Philadelphia and Las Vegas, as well as, numerous other venues.
He also hosted national webinars for the International Bipolar Foundation and the National Council on Behavioral Health.
His training topics include but are not limited to: Seclusion and Restraint; Conscious Storytelling; Trauma Informed Recovery; Personal Transformation; Trauma Inherent to Mental Illness; Trauma Informed Martial Arts/Self Defense; Suicide; Addiction and Mental Health issues (Co-Occurring disorder); and Trauma interventions based on Narrative Identity, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and the Polyvagal theory.
"Eric's compelling presentation style, fusing his personal experiences with the tenets of recovery, science and philosophy, gives voice to individuals who survive each day with a mental illness to reclaim a life worth living in their own image. His presentation provided us the gift of renewed advocacy for the individuals and families we serve." American Psychiatric Nurse Conference, Minneapolis, MN
Eric overcame devastating child abuse at the hands of a father with mental illness that attempted to end his life at the age of 12. Eric Arauz was then diagnosed Bipolar 1, PTSD (from trauma occurred in psychiatric hospitalization), Alcoholic and Drug Addicted (Tri-Occurring Disorder) in 1995.
In 1996, Eric was confined in a Veterans Administration Maximum-Security Mental Institution as a disabled Navy veteran from Operation Desert Shield and hospitalized for months on a maximum-security ward, held in restraints for over 24 hours and considered beyond treatment with the same mental disorder that truncated his father's life.
Eric has survived two suicide attempts, one in the VA hospital and one immediatly after release.
Since his release from the VA Hospital in 1996, Eric Arauz has earned a Faculty membership at the UMDNJ/ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, as an Adjunct Instructor; is the current Vice Chairman on Governor Christie's NJ Opiate/Heroin Task Force for Citizens 18-25 years old; is a 2009 SAMHSA/US Dept. of Health and Human Services "Voice Award" recipient; is a 2012 SAMHSA "Voice Award" Fellowship winner; is an Ivy League lecturer; and International Trauma Trainer on his own original concepts concerning Trauma Informed Recovery; and New York Times Contributor.
Read Eric quoted in the NY TIMES on the Charlie Sheen situation in 2011: CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE
Eric's book an An American's Resurrection is supported by International thought leaders and used in Medical and Nursing Schools across the country. An American's Resurrection is a devastating 3 act literary journey: Life, Death and Resurrection. It leads you from nearly fatal child abuse, into a maximum-security psychiatric hospital and finally onto a major Northeast College Campus using the greatest literary works of all-time to create a guide back from a lifelong Hell to finally "Come Alive."
"It was the most powerful and inspiring book I have ever read. I could not put this book down. I cried and cried. This book's impact on me was amazing. Heartbreaking, provoking and simply beautiful."
Eric Arauz was recently published in a leading Peer-Reviewed Journal on the need for Suicide Prevention Compentencies for in-patient Psychiatric Nurses: http://jap.sagepub.com/content/19/4/211.full
Eric is working with a national workgroup of the leading Psychiatric Nurses through the APNA to help create the first set nursing compentencies for in-patient generalist Psychiatric Nurses: http://jap.sagepub.com/content/19/4/205.full
Eric Arauz is currently a faculty member launching a national pilot on Recovery in in-patient hospitals with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association on a five discipline SAMHSA grant on Recovery. The disciplines are the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) and the Council of Social Work Educaucation (CSWE).
In 2012, Eric travelled the United States going from CA to TX to NC to launch the national pilot on in-patient units to bring Recovery based practices into the hospitals and relay his experience of being restrained for over 24 hours trying to aid in the eventual eradication of the use of Seclusion and Restraint in the hospital setting.
Eric's greatest accomplishment and the driving force of all his work is his divine and delightful daughter, Olivia Nadine. She keeps his focus absolute as he travels the world searching for all the "Olivia's" lost in the flames of their disconnection and existential torment.
Hold on...just a minute longer...I am coming for you...I love you.