Empowerment Partnership Project

The Empowerment Partnership Project (formerly known as The Recovery Training Project) aims to promote recovery within the behavioral health system, by training both consumers and providers. We help transform Maryland’s behavioral health system by:

  • providing a collaborative recovery effort between providers and consumers;
  • promoting empowerment, knowledge, and self-determination for mental health consumers;
  • serving as a bridge in the gap between resources, skills and knowledge for both consumers and providers to enhance and direct recovery.

The Empowerment Partnership Project (EPP) is dedicated to helping transform the lives of consumers in the behavioral health system.  Our workshops provide opportunities to learn about the many facets of recovery to sustain hope in consumers within the behavioral health system, and further the adoption of the recovery paradigm.

The EPP offers training on a wide variety of topics:

  • Wellness strategies
  • Employment strategies
  • Creativity and recovery

Our workshops are not only an intellectual awakening, but also a catalyst for action.  The EPP offers a number of workshops to consumers that provide a variety of resources and tips to individuals to help them build and maintain a recovery centered life.  We currently offer:


“Fight Fat with Food”

A trim midsection is good for many things, like fitting into your favorite jeans or walking the beach in a swimsuit with confidence. But there are even better reasons for individuals to work off extra baggage around their midsection. That baggage, known as visceral fat, can be dangerous. It secretes proteins that can trigger chronic inflammation, putting individuals at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. The good news: Getting rid of belly fat is simpler than people might think. In this 2-hour workshop participants will learn how to fight fat with food; how to fire up metabolism, triggering one’s natural calorie-burning machine; and how to prepare simple recipes using foods that fight fat.  Click here to download a copy of the flyer.


“Taking it All in Stride”

Stress effects everyone. And, good or bad, we all deal with stress in different ways. The problem becomes when we do not deal with stress at all. “Taking it All in Stride” is a 2-hour interactive workshop that discusses:

• what stress is,
• what effects are caused by stress; and
• tools individuals can use to reduce stress and improve overall wellness.

In this workshop, participants will get the chance to partake in various relaxing exercises including diaphragmatic breathing, meditations, guided imagery, and laughter yoga.  Click here to download a copy of the flyer.


“Eating Healthy on a Budget”

According to the USDA, the average allowance per person who receives a food supplemental income is $124.93 per month which equates to roughly $4 per day for food.  Because this is such a limited budget, we thought it would be prudent to offer a workshop that teaches folks how to eat healthy with limited means.
This workshop will include information on
•  how to shop for low cost foods,
•  friendly substitutions for foods that are generally more expensive,
•  meal planning, and
•  helpful recipes that fit within the budget of $4/day.

Click here to download a copy of the flyer.


“A Creative Approach to the Eight Dimensions of Wellness”

Research shows that creativity is an integral component of recovery, and can be an effective complementary strategy to traditional supports and services. Creative activities offer individuals the opportunity to get in touch with their “inner selves” and can provide a form of expression for feelings that cannot be easily identified or put into words.
In “A Creative Approach to the Eight Dimensions of Wellness” participants will explore SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Financial, Social, Spiritual, Environmental, Occupational, Intellectual and Emotional. In this 2.5-hour workshop, participants will learn about each of the eight dimensions, and then create a collage type “vision board” on one particular area of wellness they want to work on. A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal, and participants will use this to visualize a particular area of wellness and recovery they want to focus on and work towards.  Click here to download a copy of the flyer.


The workshops above are free to behavioral health programs, clinics, or hospitals that receive full or partial public funding from the state of Maryland.  If you would like to setup a workshop for your program, please contact the Training Coordinator at 410-646-0262 x20 or kmyers@onourownmd.org.


In addition to transformational workshops, we have partnered with Harford County’s Maryland Mental Health Network to provide benefits counseling with 5 of Maryland’s Ticket to Work agencies.  Benefits Counseling is an empowering tool encouraging consumers to realize employment is possible for them.  Our resident Benefits Counselor will meet with Ticket holders to prepare individualized plans and show individuals how to effectively use work incentives in order to transition from dependence on Social Security Benefits to financial independence.