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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 research, 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, especially in children, youth and young adults. Similar things are happening worldwide.
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 problems on a day-to-day basis, at all levels of society--micro to macro.
At Ephraim Resources, we are convinced that reliable behavioral health education plays a key role in helping people of all ages learn how to deal with these problems more successfully.
As a group, we approach mental health, addiction and relationship problems from multiple backgrounds and perspectives.
- As people trained in health, psychology, counseling, education and related fields and professions
- As people who personally dealt with behavioral health problems, and are now recovering
- As people who have loved ones who struggle with these problems
- As people who value reliable science, life experience, reasoning, history, the arts, media, faith and other diverse sources and ways of growing in knowledge and understanding
These are complicated problems that usually develop from multiple contributing factors and root causes, some more significant than others. As such, their solutions are often require multiple remedies, including treatments, therapies, support groups, self-help, lifestyle changes and more. Accurate diagnosis and identifying the contributing factors and root causes is critically important to dealing with these problems well.
Behavioral health problems often result in serious and sad outcomes and we need to be sensitive in how they affect everyone involved. Yet in order to be most helpful, we also need to be straight-forward about what we currently understand, think and believe about these problems, including how they might develop, their consequences and what is needed to deal with them in more effective, complete and lasting ways.
Some of what we share and suggest might be helpful right away. Seeing problems and their solutions from different and multiple perspectives can be very helpful. However, long-term recovery from serious problems requires making real and lasting changes in our thinking, beliefs and behavior, changes most human beings are naturally resistant to make. Why?
Maybe it's because we're afraid of change and it's uncertainty. Maybe we've been hurt badly and don't know how to heal. Maybe we are hurting ourselves or others and feeling ashamed. Maybe we're confused in our thinking and don't know what or who to believe. Who likes to admit such things?
The truth is that life can be hard and we all struggle with something or someone. Maybe it's not with a full-blown behavioral health problem, but some kind of persistent worry, stress, unhealthy habit, injustice, relationship issue, lifestyle difficulty, imbalance or other concern that could develop into more serious life-diminishing problems for ourselves, our loved ones and others.
How About You?
Are you wondering if this site and the resources we offer or suggest might be helpful to you or someone you know? 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, anger, shame, mood swings, unintended weight gain or loss, lack of self-care, abuse, conflicts with others, isolation from others, loneliness, obsessions, compulsions, or lack of self-control with alcohol, drugs, food, money, sex, tech use, gambling, shopping or other things or 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 your whole person and whole lifestyle?
- Are you needing to select a presenter for your group or organization?
- Are you an instructor or professional 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 do struggle with behavioral health problems, it's vitally important to take an honest look at ourselves and get some reliable feedback, information and help from outside ourselves--from concerned and informed family, friends, teachers, counselors, healthcare workers, support groups, faith communities and/or other resources.
We all need reliable information to understand and improve the health of our inner selves and outer behavior, including how we relate with others and live our daily lives. Fortunately, there are a many helpful and free 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 are as persons and how we live out our lives in these challenging times. 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 our audiences.
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 and Delusional 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
- Manipulative, Oppressive and Abusive Relationships
- Estranged Relationships
- Relationship Concerns When loved Ones are Struggling
Solution and Prevention Topics
- Why We Often Fall Short in Our Healthy Intentions, Resolves and Recovery Goals
- 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 Our Loved Ones Struggle: Helping Without Unhealthy Enabling
- Reconciling Relationships with Love, Wisdom, Humility, Patience and Forgiveness
- Finding Freedom from the Manipulation, Oppression and/or Abusive of Others
- 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 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 their 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.