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Exploring Emotions Workshop

Exploring Emotions Workshop

Written by Kathryn Tonges

At an ETIA workshop on 3 September 2022 Melissa Strader and Kathryn Tonges explored the emotions that take us over and that make it difficult to shift gears or communicate how we want to. Two book reviews were the springboard for us to dive deep and discuss how the ideas from the books may be integrated with effective communication skills.

Melissa shared “Permission To Feel” by Professor Marc Brackett. Marc Brackett is a professor at Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Prof. Bracket’s prescription for healthy children (and their parents and teachers) is to help them understand and learn to manage their emotions more effectively. To help people become more emotionally skilled, Prof. Brackett has developed a practical 5 step approach. Melissa provided an overview of this approach to lead into the discussion. She has generously shared her PowerPoint presentation below.

Kathryn loved reading “Atlas of The Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience ” by Brené Brown. Brené Brown and her research team have mapped eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human and give language to what is going on within us and between us.  Kathryn put together a 2 page overview/handout of the feelings and thoughts that Brené Brown lists in her book for your handy reference.

Together with ETIA Instructors we expanded our emotional literacy. 

Kathryn Tonges

Kathryn Tonges

Online Australia & NZ, QLD

I have been deeply rewarded seeing positive transformations in families by teaching P.E.T. effective communication skills since 1978. My two sons are now parents, and I am witness to their natural use of P.E.T. skills in all their interactions with children and people. My passion is to share these skills with others through these options: 1. Parent Effectiveness Training - for parents, grandparents, carers. 2. Be Your Best – personal empowerment skills for self, relationships, and the workplace. 3. Teacher Effectiveness Training – increases the quality of interactions between student and teacher with more teaching-learning time. 4. Instructor Training - I am a Master Trainer of P.E.T., B.Y.B., T.E.T. and Y.E.T. for ETIA Ltd. In my teaching career I taught from early childhood to tertiary level focusing on Child Development and Communication Skills. I lived in Beijing for seven years and conducted P.E.T. and B.Y.B. courses for expatriates as well as training expatriates to become P.E.T. instructors. I have written for parenting magazines in Beijing and Australia and blog for my website The Parent Within ( Whilst in Beijing I co-authored a book with P.E.T. Instructors I had trained, to help expatriate children cope with the changes in their life. In the last couple of years I have taken on the position of President of ETIA Ltd. Children, parenting, and effective communications continues to be my passion as I share these courses both online (Australia and NZ) or face to face in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast as well as coaching parents individually.

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