Caring. Learning. Sharing.
What We Offer
Ephraim Resources of Appleton, Wisconsin offers online behavioral health education resources and on-location presentations on topics related to understanding, preventing and dealing with mental health problems, addictions and relationship problems. We offer our presentations to schools, workplaces, places of worship, community groups and other organizations.
Founded in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, we provided both counseling and community behavioral health education services without fees. After 19 years, we discontinued our counseling services and began focusing entirely on behavioral health education.
As we looked deeper into the historical and current literature, we found that U.S. prevalence rates for many mental health, addiction and relationship problems have been slowly increasing for decades. Yet over the past decade, the rates for a good number of these problems have been growing in unprecedented ways.
Fortunately, knowledge and understanding of these problems is also growing, and help is available. Still, far too many individuals, families, schools, and other groups and institutions are left struggling to deal with these increasing problems on a day-to-day basis, at all levels of society--micro to macro.
We at Ephraim Resources are focusing on educating individuals, their loved ones and other concerned people and groups wanting to be of help.
As a group, we view these problems and struggles from multiple perspectives.
- As people who studied and worked in health, psychology, counseling, education and related fields and professions
- As people who personally struggled with these problems, and are now recovering
- As people who have loved ones who struggled or are struggling with behavioral health problems
- As people who value reliable science, life experience, history, literature, the arts, theology and other diverse sources and ways of growing in knowledge and understanding of human behavior and how we might live more healthy, free and love-focused lives
The topics we deal with involve problems that can have serious and sad consequences, and we care deeply about those affected by them. Yet in order to be most helpful, we also need to be direct about what we currently know and understand about behavioral health problems, including answering questions about how they might develop, their consequences and what is needed to deal with them in more complete and lasting ways.
The truth is we all struggle. Maybe it's not with a full blown behavioral health problem, but with some kind of persistent worry, pain, stress, unhealthy habit, lifestyle difficulty or other concern that could develop into more serious life-altering problems.
How About You?
Are you wondering if this site and the resources we offer or suggest might be helpful to you? Please checkout these five questions. If can you answer yes to any number of them, we think you will find something helpful.
- Are you or someone you know struggling with one or more the of the following: fear, anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, irritability, mood swings, anger, shame, unintended weight loss or gain, lack of self-care, conflicts with others, isolation from others, loneliness, obsessions or lack of self-control with alcohol, drugs, food, money, sex, tech use, gambling, shopping or other things and behavior?
- Are you in recovery, but not doing as well as you hoped?
- Are you interested in learning more about an approach to behavioral health problems that includes more of our whole person and whole lifestyle?
- Are you needing to select a presenter for your group or organization?
- Are you an instructor, professional or concerned person in a field of study or work that deals with these problems and would be interested in hearing from people with long-term recoveries?
When we struggle with behavioral health problems, it's vitally important to get educated about the problems, take an honest look at ourselves and get some reliable help from outside ourselves--from helpful family and friends, teachers, counselors, healthcare workers, support groups, faith communities and/or other resources.
We all have natural blind spots to our own problems and we need honest feedback from people who might know us well, and from a variety of other individuals, groups and professionals that have some knowledge and skills concerning these problems and their solutions.
Similar to the way we all need reliable medical information to understand and improve our physical health, we also need reliable behavioral health informationto understand and improve the health of our inner selves and outer behavior, including how we relate with others and live our lives.
Fortunately, there are a many helpful and free mental health, addiction and relationship education resources available online and in local libraries and other places. Please consider our list of online suggested resources.
To help in the ongoing process of understanding, preventing and dealing with behavioral health problems, we developed an integrative behavioral health education approach and tool designed to help us all understand more about who we are as whole person living a whole life. We call this tool a Whole Person - Whole Lifestyle Approach and often share an overview of it in our presentations.
Listed below are some of the problems and topics we address in our talks, workshops and other presentations. We tailor our programs to meet the specific needs of the audience.
Mental Health Problems
- Eating Disorders and Related Problems
- Anxiety Problems and Disorders
- Depression and Mood Problems and Disorders
- Trauma and Stress Related Problems and Disorders
- Personality Problems and Disorders
- Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
- Alcohol, Drug, Food and Other Substance Addictions
- Processing and Behavior Addictions
- Money Related Addictions
- Relationship Related Addictions
- Dysfunctional Family Relationships
- Behavioral Management Concerns In Parent - Child Relationships
- Oppressive and Abusive Relationships
- Estranged Relationships
- Struggles in Relating to Loved Ones with Behavioral Health Problems
Solution and Prevention Topics
- A Whole Person - Whole Lifestyle Approach to a More Complete and Lasting Recovery
- Building Your Team of Helpful Education Resourcers, Treatment Providers and/or Support People
- Hopeful Stories - Helpful Information: Recovering People Share What's Working for Them
- Managing Our Healthy and Unhealthy Thinking, Beliefs, Emotions, Wants, Choices and Behavior
- Understanding and Managing Our Healthy and Unhealthy Defenses
- When Loved Ones Struggle: Helping Without Unhealthy Enabling
- Reconciling Relationships with Love, Wisdom, Humility, Forgiveness and Patience
- Finding Freedom from Oppressive and Abusive Relationships
- A Whole Person - Whole Lifestyle Approach to Improved Health and Problem Prevention
- Understanding and Managing Obstacles to Living a Healthy Lifestyle
- Keys to More Healthy, Loving and Lasting Relationships
- Staying Healthy When Helping the Hurting
- Whole Love Parenting: Integrating Gentle Compassionate Care and Wise Behavior Management
As a group, our presenters share what they learned from years of professional and/or personal experience in dealing with mental health, addiction and relationship problems. People find our helpful information and hopeful stories informative, encouraging and applicable to their lives.
Fees and Funding
We have no fees or charges for our resources and services. We are funded by voluntary contributions from the people and groups we serve, and by gifts from other generous donors. Payment of some expenses may be required depending on costs.