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Family Education Weekend – A Team Effort

With spring 2017’s Family Education Weekend wrapped up, the staff at CooperRiis have paused to reflect, digest, and thank those who made the weekend possible. A communal effort made this special weekend possible for residents and families, because of this our gratitude overflows. Most of all, collaboration was evident throughout. Residential in addition to housekeeping …Continue

Family Education Weekend: A Co-Learning Journey to Well Being

Although the first days of April saw our most recent Family Education Weekend (or “FEW,” as we call it), CooperRiis has been providing educational programming to its residents and family members since its inception in 2003. In the fourteen years that this psychoeducational program has been offered, core principles guide its structure. Education. Support, and …Continue

Recipe(s) for Recovery!

Our wellness and nutrition guru, Mary Kreider, has worked at CooperRiis since we opened in 2003. Today, some bestselling authors are starting to write about what she’s long been preaching. Holistic nutrition principles can not only improve your health. They can also help improve a mood disorder. Mary oversees our Wellness Program, which includes nutrition, …Continue

CooperRiis Executive Director to Speak at a Leading N.Y. Hospital

Our executive director, Virgil Stucker, will speak at a nationally recognized behavioral health center in New York City that’s known for its pioneering clinical, teaching and research programs. Virgil’s talk June 27 will discuss how the inpatient psychiatric units at Zucker Hillside Hospital and at other Northwell units can strengthen their capacity to be a …Continue

World-class Harvard neuroscientist joins CooperRiis for cutting edge research to improve how the brain functions

An award winning neuroscientist from Harvard, Carl M. Anderson, has joined our healing community. He will be our research director, and he will spearhead leading edge studies to improve the brain. Carl has co-authored more than 50 scientific papers, and his research has been featured in several top media outlets, including NPR, Time magazine and …Continue

CooperRiis sponsors the 12th annual Power of the Purse

CooperRiis prides itself on building a community of philanthropy. We also pride ourselves on the philanthropy we do in other parts of our community. On Tuesday, the first African-American female astronaut, Mae Jemison, will speak in Asheville at the 12th Annual Power of the Purse luncheon. CooperRiis Healing Community, thanks to our co-founder, Lisbeth Riis Cooper is …Continue

CooperRiis in the Big Apple: Recovery Coach Erin Walker pays a visit to Fountain House to learn from their renowned supported employment model.

Erin Walker, Recovery Coach in our Asheville Community Program (ACP), has been with CooperRiis for three years.   As a recovery coach, Erin is part of a team that supports residents as they become integrated into the Asheville Community.  The Asheville team is available to support residents as they pursue their goals and work towards their …Continue

Volunteer Jen Padron reports: Milt Greek visits CooperRiis, hosts an inspiring training and workshop.

“After becoming a computer programmer in 1989 following developing schizophrenia during college, Milt Greek volunteered extensively with individuals in psychosis and post-psychosis. He led a schizophrenic early recovery group and has conducted subject-participation studies and surveys on psychosis. He began presenting on schizophrenia and recovery in the late 1990s and has delivered talks to mental …Continue

How to Create Healing Community: the Five Key Principles of Healing Community; a workshop led by Virgil Stucker, Executive Director of CooperRiis

Virgil Stucker, Executive Director, and Don Cooper, Founder and Board Chairman and Treasurer, led a workshop a few years ago at the Oregon State Hospital for a large group, half staff and half patients, on the topic of “How to Create Healing Community”. The workshop began with each participant ranking the strength of the Five Key …Continue

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