"I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door.
I have been knocking from the inside."
Jalaluddin Rumi 13th-Century Sufi Mystic
Eric Arauz, author, international trainer and systems consultant, is one of the most dynamic, intimate and explosive Keynote speakers in the world.
"Eric is a pure soul speaker."
Whether Eric is speaking directly to abused and suicidal children in locked adolescent psychiatric units in Chicago, to the classrooms of Yale University or the gleeming stages of Las Vegas, Eric seethes with the energy, creativity and compassion to connect with his audiences and create an unmatched experence that will change both audience and speaker forever.
"The pages burn in your hands as your live with the author in this Journey of the Soul, as he attempts to fight his way back to the world."
His training topics include but are not limited to: Conscious Storytelling; Trauma Informed Recovery; Suicide Assessment and Prevention (veteran and non-veteran); Child Abuse issues-Complex Trauma; Veterans issues; Addiction and Mental Health issues (Co-Occurring disorder).
Eric overcame devastating child abuse at the hands of a mentally-ill father 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 after release.
Miraculously, since his release from the VA Hospital, 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 a Yale University 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 was the Kickoff Keynote at the 26th Annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in Las Vegas, NV on September 29, 2013. An RSVP only event at the Venetian Hotel with all 550 attendees receiving a copy of An American's Resurrection.
Eric hosts Grand Rounds throughout the nation at Medical Schools and Hospitals (UCLA-Resnick Neuropsychiatric; Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Beth Israel Hospital NYC and others) lecturing on his concept of "Conscious Storytelling: Overcoming Cognitive, Somatic and Spiritual Autobiographic Deficits in Non-Linear Recovery Trajectories."
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.
ARAUZ INSPIRATIONAL ENTERPRISES (AIE) LLC
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