Description and main aims
Emotional and social development are key topics affecting today all sectors of our personal and professional lives. "Emotional competence" is defined as the functional capacity wherein a human can reach their goals after an emotion-eliciting encounter (The Development of Emotional Competence.
Carolyn Saarni. The Guilford Press, NYC, 1999). Dr. Saarni defined emotion as a building block of self-efficacy. She described the use of emotions as a set of skills achieved which then lead to the development of emotional competence. Attainment of the skills of emotional competence is crucial to self-efficacy.
This training will analyse the different perspectives on the main topic of "emotional competence" and lists emotional competence skills like the 8 defined by Dr Saarni and more recent ones:
Awareness of one’s own emotions,
Ability to discern and understand other’s emotions,
Ability to use the vocabulary of emotion and expression,
Capacity for empathic involvement,
Ability to differentiate subjective emotional experience from external emotion expression,
Adaptive coping with aversive emotions and distressing circumstances,
Awareness of emotional communication within relationships, and
Capacity for emotional self-efficacy.
In the frame of a training for professionals, teachers and educators in general a training on emotional competences starts from basic concepts which are quite obvious like "Emotional competence describes the ability a person has to express his or her own emotions with complete freedom, and it is derived from emotional intelligence, which is the ability to identify emotions. Competence is the level of skill with which someone interacts constructively with other people", developing a deeper common understanding focused on staff development. Educators train themselves in order to improve their personal and professional competences and address their learning to "learners".
Another individual aspect of emotional competence is the social competence, which refers to empathy towards others. It encompasses the skills we need to be successful in a work atmosphere and in relationships. It is very important to use effective communication and to know how to manage conflicts.
Teacher education, emotional competences and development education: why it matters and how to teach it.
Teaching young people skills such as active listening, self-awareness and empathy can equip them to succeed both academically and socially.
From a side this training helps educators in general to discuss and learn more, touching partly a literature belonging to "psychology"; from the other side, it fosters the common understanding of a new needed common method based on the development of the "emotional competence" skills in learners/students with whom they daily work. While psychology has perhaps been slow to recognise the importance of such emotional capacities, recent work has sought to address this lacuna. Perhaps the best-known representation of this trend is the work on Multiple Intelligences (Gardner 1983; 1993) and on Emotional Intelligence (Goleman, 1996; Mayer et al. 2000, Bar-On, 2002).
In educating nowadays - in a wider European perspective - we know the EU guidelines on the new "Key competences for the lifelong learning" (Recommendation May 2018) and other guidelines based showing the need of developing other key facets like:
A vocabulary for feelings,
Showing empathy as being ‘with’ others,
Managing emotions and self-regulation.
This training will help educators to learn and improve their teaching method, firstly reflecting and improving their knowledge on this topics widening perspectives and opening their actual work to new cooperations with other colleagues and international educators.
Draft proposed program
Sunday : arrival of participants, welcoming by the B&B , free time and relax
Monday, 9:30 Opening the program with a briefing from the organisers. Presentation of the team, ice breaking games outdoor and walk to the city centre. Short sightseeing in Soverato, some basic info for orienteering, history and info points. Lunch. Afternoon session: Emotional competences. Today theories and approaches.
Monday: Morning session, 9:00 - 12:30 Indoor training. Continuation of the previous session.
Lunch break. Afternoon session: 15:00 - 17:00 Developing learners skills to express feelings and emotions. Exercises: building relationships and communication.
Tuesday: Morning session, 9:00 - 12:30. Focus on EU Guidelines. EU Recommendation on "Key competences for the lifelong learning" May 2018.
Lunch break. Afternoon session: 15:00 - 17:00. Education/teaching and development of emotional competences.
Wednesday: Morning session, 9:00 - 12:30. Focus on Social competence.
Lunch break. Afternoon session: 15:00 - 17:00. Workshop on social skills and employability. The labour market and soft skills.
Thursday: Morning session, 9:00 - 12:30. Visit to a local school. Working with teachers and students. Lunch break. Afternoon session: outdoor emotional team building walk to Soverato superiore.
Friday: Morning session, 9:00 - 12:30. Moving to the regional authority of Education. Debate on emotional competence with experts. Mid term evaluation.
Saturday morning. 09:30 - 12:30 Summing up what happened in the week. Final evaluation. Delivery of certificates and admin documents. Group picture. Free time for shopping and last night dinner.
Sunday: departure of participants.