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Social-Emotional Learning Through Applied Improvisation - Cont Ed workshop hand-out

Principles of Improvisation that relate to Social-Emotional Learning 1) Picking up social cues and reading emotional tones; 2) Accept what is happening without judgment; 3) Shift the emotional direction through making offers; 4) Fail with humor; 5) See opportunities, not threats

Social-emotional learning -- which is defined by the Collaborative For Academic, Social and Emotional Learning as "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions"  is associated with enhanced academic success among students and job performance among adults, as well as increased interpersonal effectiveness and life satisfaction. For these reasons, understanding the concept of social-emotional learning and having user-friendly techniques to deploy in clinical…

Develop Emotional Intelligence Through Applied Improvisation: Continuing Education Training Workshop Hand-out

"You are the laboratory and every day is an experiment. Go and find what is new and unexpected." Joel Elkes

“Emotional competence requires being able to pilot through the emotional undercurrents always at play rather than being pulled under by them.” Daniel Goleman, Working With Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books, 1998
"In essence, emotional intelligence is the capacity to respond to stress-inducing events, people and situations in a conscious, creative way. As such, EI is not about emotions per se but more about the way in which individuals effectively integrate emotions with thoughts and behavior and so can act to reduce aversive emotional experiences." Slaski, M and Cartwright, "Emotional Intelligence training and its implications for stress, health and performance, Stress and Health, 2003
The stress response is a biochemical event activated by the amygdala in the brain, which triggers the fight-flight-freeze response within milliseconds at the perception of a t…