EMOTIONS: More Than You Think and All That You Feel
Wednesday October 17, 2018
EMOTIONS: More Than You Think and All That You Feel
ages 5 - adultIn this brand-new course, Michelle will examine how emotions are an ever-present undercurrent that influence so much of what we do, including our ability to do group work, social problem solving, relationship building—even impacting our life memories (episodic memories) and fueling our motivation to tackle goals. Discover why negative emotions tend to take center stage and often become barriers to personal and academic achievement—and strategies to break the cycle. Throughout the day, participants will engage in hands-on activities and learn practical treatment tools to help individuals unpack and manage their emotions, express themselves, understand others’ emotions, and strengthen interpersonal social communication. Michelle will be connecting this information to academic standards and 21st century work skills. Attendees will learn a lot about themselves considering this fascinating topic impacts us all!
Michelle sought out research to assist her in developing strategies to help her clients—children through mature adults—who were presenting with powerful anxiety and depression in addition to their weak development of social communication concepts and skills. This course discusses how emotions are part of the inter- and intrapersonal experience and provides concrete strategies to assist those with complex social learning challenges. Many of Michelle’s clients have high IQs but a weak ability to understand their own and others’ emotions, and therefore struggle with personal problem solving and relationship development.
Many of the questions Michelle addresses in this course have been part of her own learning as she reviewed the research and treatment literature: What are emotions? How many ways do we use emotions to regulate ourselves and our interactions with others? Why do negative emotions draw so much attention in our own self-processing? How do different types of emotions impact our learning and expression of what we notice about ourselves in the world? How can we help individuals who get stuck on negative emotions notice that those emotions signal a need to problem solve? How are emotions critical for reading intentions and developing social competencies for increasingly successful social engagement?
To help answer these and other questions, the following topics will be covered:
The role of emotions
- How emotional processing is accounted for in academic standards and “college and career readiness”
- How emotional processing is included in 21st century work skills as defined in a report by Google
- The role of emotional processing in executive functioning, perspective taking, and central coherence
- What mature adult clients teach us about how we can help children improve social-emotional learning
- The power of emotions in reading intentions and how one’s intentions are read by others
- Interpersonal social-emotional communication skills and related strategies
- Why language falls short when trying to understand our own emotional experiences
Working with depression and anxiety
- The power of negative emotions and how mood shapes memory as well as narrative language
- Why the depression?
- Why do compelling anxieties need to be accounted for during the social learning process for most students?
- How social anxiety is different from generalized anxiety and, possibly, social phobia
- How the treatment process must validate new learning while recognizing emotional vulnerabilities on the road to social-emotional learning
- How social self-awareness can fuel anxiety and depression
Strategies to help
- Strategies to move past stuck thinking about negative emotions
- Introducing three levels of teaching with Social Behavior Maps to encourage social self-reflection of the Social-Emotional Chain Reaction
- The use of emotional journaling as a tool for developing a broader understanding of one’s emotional self
- How visual manipulatives help to figure out the cause of negative social interactions
- Specific questions to help individuals define personal problems
- Realistic social relationship development strategies; exploring the development of the Pyramid of Dislike to be used in conjunction with Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid
- Intrapersonal emotional self-regulation and related strategies
- Logic and emotion—what’s genuine about not telling the complete truth?
We look forward to hearing your questions as we explore treatment activities and encourage self-exploration. Attendees will learn strategies to use immediately at school, work, and home!
Participants will be able to:
- Explain why some students feel like they are in the most control when in their “hot” or “red zone” expression of negative emotions.
- Explain three benefits of emotional journaling.
- Describe two strategies that help individuals improve social communication and executive functioning, while decreasing their expression of “hot” negative emotions.
- Describe the signs that a student is experiencing “stuck emotions” that prevent him or her from problem solving.
- List at least three core questions for individuals to ask themselves to assist in recognizing and subsequently defining the problem at hand.
- Explain what it means to teach students to engage in micro-moments of social communication and why they are important for maintaining relationships.
- Describe the three levels of teaching Social Behavior Mapping to foster social-emotional learning about others and oneself.
This agenda may change without notice.
|7:30-8:30||Use social competencies to problem solve how to sign in, find a seat, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while getting to know fellow attendees.|
|8:30-10:15||Defining emotions and their interplay with thoughts. The representation of emotions in academic standards and 21st century work skills. The power of negative emotions, how our mood impacts memories, and how we account for our life through narrative language. What it means to self-regulate our emotions. Emotions as the undercurrent of social-emotional relationship development and reading intentions. The impact of anxiety and depression on the social-emotional learning system.|
|10:30-12:00||How to help clients find their motivation to work past their stuck negative emotions. How stuck negative emotions can provide a sense of heightened control. Logic and emotion—what’s genuine? How executive functioning, perspective taking, and central coherence dovetail with emotional self-management and interpersonal self-management. The development of the Pyramid of Dislike to be used in conjunction with the Friendship Pyramid to realistically explore the emotional complexity of human relationships.|
|12:00-12:50||Break for Lunch|
|12:50-2:20||Engaging in social problem solving, including problem identification. Why language falls short when talking about emotions and practical tools to encourage expression of one’s emotional self. Strategies to encourage pro-social social engagement. The balance of anxiety management and social communication. The emotion scale and helping individuals discover the power of their own emotional vocabulary.|
||Exploring emotional syncing to encourage social conversational skills. Introducing micro-moments of social communication that are brief, powerful, and convey pro-social intentions (the power of non-verbal communication). Introducing three levels of teaching Social Thinking’s Social Behavior Mapping treatment framework.|
At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.
We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.
We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:
- ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
- NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
- And more!