Teaching Materials

Teaching materials

EmotionAid® Training Manual

Experience Carpet

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An outline of the EmotionAid course:

The Six Modules of EmotionAid®

  1. Theory and Psycho-education
  2. Resources
  3. Fundamentals
  4. Discharge
  5. Practice
  6. Additional themes linked to stress

Introduction

EmotionAid® is a toolkit of five simple steps for self-regulation and emotional first aid.

Based on organic, cutting-edge tools from Somatic Experiencing® and the latest developments in brain research, with EmotionAid®, you can learn how to both handle and prevent anxiety, burnout, stress and trauma.

Just as we can strengthen our physical muscles with exercise, we can strengthen our nervous system (our emotional muscle) and restore its resilience by practicing healthy responses to threat and trauma.

Specially designed for the public at large and professionals who work in situations of stress, EmotionAid® is recommended for:

  • Teachers and educational staff
  • Mental health professionals
  • Emergency personnel
  • First responders
  • Medical staff

EmotionAid® can be used on the spot, anywhere and anytime, by young and old, by men and women, by lay people as well as professionals.

Module 1: Theory and Psycho-education

  • The river of life
  • Definition of stress
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • The brain model
  • Video of the impala
  • The language of sensations
  • Exercises
  • Constriction and expansion

 

In Module One we learn the basic concepts which are the basis of EmotionAid®. In the individual and collective experience of stress, burn out and trauma, there is a sense of not knowing, not understanding. This is linked to the relationship between stress and our bodies, our physiology. Understanding the mechanisms of stress is empowering and allows the acquisition of practical tools on a solid theoretical basis. It is the first step in our teaching.

More specifically, in this module we learn about the neurophysiology of stress. This includes simple models and diagrams, which you can then share with your clients, a clear definition of stress, a functional model of the brain and videos to support understanding.

The last part of the module is dedicated to learning and practicing a new /old language.

Module 2: Resources

  • Resources
  • Definitions – importance
  • Exercises: list of resources
  • Individual or collective resources
  • Presentation of The Carpet
  • Group practice

 

In Module Two we concentrate on defining, understanding, discovering and practicing resources. Resources are infinite and an essential component of our balance and comfort.

We move from theory to experience at the individual and team level. We offer practical tools and a powerful teaching product to complete our EmotionAid® toolbox.

Module 3: Fundamentals

  • SIBAM
  • Activation
  • Symptoms
  • Grounding
  • EmotionAid® Steps 1, 2, 3

 

Module Three defines the different ways we experience and process our human experience.

After understanding of neurophysiology of stress, we can then move to what it looks like when we are not balanced and what kind of symptoms we experience in ourselves or witness in others.

The last part of this module is the discovery and practice of the first three steps of EmotionAid®, grounding, and a very simple way to bring awareness to our level of stress.

Module 4: Discharge

  • Discharge
  • Step 4 of The EmotionAid® Five Steps – Presentation
  • Polar bear video
  • Step 4 – detailed explanation and intervention options
  • The Basic Process
  • The Experience Carpet

 

Module Four describes the fourth step of EmotionAid®; the theory behind our capacity to “discharge” or “unload” or “digest” stress. This is the heart and uniqueness of EmotionAid®. It is THE antidote to stress accumulation, the highway to compassion fatigue, burnout and trauma.

Here we practice self-regulation and first aid. Additional tools are offered to complete the process and we start to practice the integration of all the steps. Participants discover the Experience Carpet; a great teaching and practice tool.

Module 5: Practice

  • Integration
  • The Experience Carpet
  • The Basic Process
  • Exercises

 

Module Five includes practicing and offering each participant to experience the whole process for themselves.

We use all the steps we have learned, and explore the different tools and products. Live cases are explored, connected to either the participants or their clients. We use simulations when needed. Small group practice allows participants to both administer and receive EmotionAid® from each other. This is also an opportunity for excellent team building.

Module 6: Additional subjects linked to stress

  • Limits
  • Compassion fatigue – ProQuol
  • Collective trauma

 

In Module Six we explore three important topics related to stress.

This Module can be tailored to the needs of specific groups.

The first topic details limits and boundaries. It includes physical boundaries as a basis for safety, and social boundaries in our inter-personal contacts.

The second topic is work-related stress, the notion of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue. We offer a questionnaire and suggestions regarding its use.

The third topic presents collective trauma, including an overview of cross-culture understanding and the ways we function as a group when affected with trauma.

These are the Six Modules, which comprise the EmotionAid® course. They can be adapted to the team or institutions.