This text presents a methodical, organized approach to counseling students in emotional intelligence (EI) by detailing how to understand and direct emotions, while also keying counselors directly to the underlying emotional motivations behind the behaviors. Divided into four units, the book starts with an overview of emotions and continues to explore the nature of anger, fear, grief, and guilt. Chapters present both explanatory narratives and teen-centered activities to show how these challenging, uncomfortable feelings when unregulated may negate resiliency and lead to anxiety, bullying, depression, and teen suicide. Counselors and educators alike will benefit from the light, unexacting tone that encourages humor and levity and discusses how to handle difficult emotions without harsh and heavy overtones.
Table of Contents
Unit I Emotions; 1:Our Emotions; 2: Emotions and Reason; 3: The A, B, C’s of Emotion Management; 4: Self-talk and Emotions; Unit II Anger; 5: Our Powerhouse; 6: How Anger Feels and Thinks; 7: Three Sources of Anger; 8: Empowerment and Anger; 9: Distortions of Individuation and Community; 10: Handling Emotions; Unit III Fear; 11:Fear and Its Masquerades; 12: Normalizing Fear; 13: Detoxifying Fears and Tears; 14: Fruitful Fear; 15: Courage in Action; Unit IV Grief and Guilt; 16: Mists of Sorrow; 17: Grief and Anger Turned Inward; 18: Good Grief; 19: Guilt, the Unappreciated Emotion; Conclusion: Cries of Joy
Katherine Krefft, M.Ed., Ph.D. began her study of emotions as a classroom teacher. In four decades as a clinical psychologist she subsequently evolved a positive view of our most challenging emotions of anger, fear, grief, and guilt. Sharing those understandings with counselors, teachers, and administrators, she offers systematized instruction for adolescents designed to develop emotional resiliency and widespread emotional literacy. She continues to embrace the education that private practice as a psychologist affords.