What is emotional intelligence?
At its most basic level, emotional intelligence (EI) is about understanding how you and others are feeling, and why. Our course helps your children be more self-aware of the impact that daily life – school, friends, teachers, relationships – can have on them, as well as the impact they, in turn, have on those around them.
How does this emotional intelligence course help?
This course can give children (and their parents) the practical ability to manage your emotions ‘in real time’, thinking about the consequences of what you do, and managing those emotions so that you’re happier and healthier.
Some of the course is about teaching you how to be more assertive: how to ask for what you want in life. Developing their emotional intelligence can give your child an energy and a sense of purpose that makes an instantly positive first impression.
Children are often in situations where they don’t have overt power or agency, so their response can often end up presenting as passive-aggressive behaviour or ‘acting out’. Giving your child the ability instead to reflect on how they’re feeling, and the confidence to articulate what they want, is a real gift.
What can you expect from the course?
We can run this course for individuals or in groups. This is a 1-day course, and because we adapt the core content to suit the audience, it’s suitable for younger children aged 9 and 10 years upwards. We’d recommend children attend with their parents, not least because you can then discuss what you’ve learned with them (children aged 15 and older are welcome to attend on their own). If we think it’s going to be helpful and appropriate, we may recommend follow-up counselling sessions.
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“Emotional intelligence is a hugely valuable life skill that many adults don’t have: we think it gets you further in life than almost any other. Ultimately, emotional intelligence helps generate more of the opportunities that you need in life. Part of that is about being able to tap into what’s important to other people, and being sensitive to it.”
Richard Reid – CEO, Therapist & Coaching Psychologist