Coaching emotions can feel scary and overwhelming. This course provides you with the tools you need to confidently coach emotions to increase the resilience of your client - and yourself! 

Why we created this course: By honoring emotions in ourselves and in others, we create more healthy, just and resilient communities.

Who this course is for: Anyone who coaches or wants to employ coaching strategies

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of transformational coaching as well as a willingness to explore emotions and the stories that you and your organization tell; some exploration of the self is helpful.

Description: The Art of Coaching Emotions will transform your relationship with emotions, empowering and growing your own resilience. This, in turn, will allow you to coach in a way that strengthens your client's emotional resilience as well.

  1. Define an emotion cycle and gain insights into your own emotional experiences through each stage of the cycle.
  2. Develop awareness of how you show up as a  coach.
  3. Identify and implement coaching moves that create a safe learning environment for clients. 
  4. Recognize when a client needs to release emotions and develop strategies to facilitate that release.
  5. Develop an awareness of your own triggers and strategies to manage them.
  6. Increase your capacity to empathize with clients.
  7. Become more intentional about building, maintaining and repairing trust with clients.
  8. Identify opportunities in every conversation to cultivate resilience.

Learn how to skillfully coach emotions and ensure every conversation counts

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction

    • Welcome to the Course!

    • What to Expect from the Course

    • Course Structure

    • Resilience Self-Assessment

    • Temperature Check

    • A Request

    • How to Make a Lasting Change

    • Setting a Personal Inquiry Question

    • A Note About the Learning Platform

  • 2

    Who You Are Emotionally In This Space

    • Introduction

    • Readying Yourself for Learning

    • Defining Emotional Intelligence

    • Emotions Self-Assessment

    • What is an Emotion?

    • Get to Know an Emotion Cycle

    • The Core Emotions

    • The Core Emotions List

    • Reflecting on the Core Emotions

    • Role Play

    • Behind the Curtain

    • Conclusion

    • Discussion: Pause & Reflect

  • 3

    Managing Yourself

    • Introduction

    • Preparing for Learning

    • Identifying Triggers

    • Mapping Emotions in the Body & Graphic Organizer for Triggers

    • Reflecting on Triggers

    • Learning from Our Breathing

    • Quick Calm Grounding Activity

    • Responding to Uncomfortable Emotions

    • RAIN Activity

    • Setting Intentions as We Coach

    • Role Play

    • Behind the Curtain

    • Conclusion

    • Discussion: Pause & Reflect

  • 4

    Understanding and Responding to the Needs of Others

    • Introduction

    • Readying Yourself for Learning

    • Perspective Taking

    • The Role That Empathy Plays

    • What Do You Say When People Don't Talk Nicely

    • Responding to the Needs of Others

    • Role Play

    • Behind the Curtain

    • Conclusion

    • Discussion: Pause & Reflect

  • 5

    Managing Your Relationships

    • Introduction

    • Readying Yourself for Learning

    • Building Trust Activity

    • Building Trust

    • Reflecting on Building Trust

    • Coaching Moves

    • How to Coach a _____ Blog Series

    • Role Play

    • Behind the Curtain

    • Conclusion

    • Discussion: Pause & Reflect

  • 6

    Cultivating Emotional Resilience

    • Introduction

    • Readying Yourself for Learning

    • Exploring the Impact of Cognitive Distortions

    • Pitfalls: Distorted Thinking

    • Reflecting on Distorted Thinking

    • Recognizing Cognitive Distortions

    • ACE in Action

    • Expanding the Story

    • Role Play

    • Behind the Curtain

    • Conclusion

    • Discussion: Pause & Reflect

    • The Danger of a Single Story

  • 7


    • Introduction

    • Resilience Post-Assessment

    • Extending Your Learning

    • Closing: Join the Movement

    • Discussion: Final Reflection

  • 8

    Share Your Feedback!

    • Please take a few minutes to share your feedback about this learning experience - we greatly appreciate it!

About the instructor

Founder & President, Bright Morning Consulting

Elena Aguilar

Elena has trained thousands of educators across the United States and abroad in transformational coaching. She is the author of six highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching, (2013) and The Art of Coaching Teams, (2016) Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018) and the Onward Workbook (2018), Coaching for Equity (2020), and the Art of Coaching Workbook (2020). Elena’s expertise derives from twenty five years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and leadership coach working in diverse school environments. In her role as a consultant, she has partnered with leaders in public and private organizations across the United States and abroad. Elena is also the co-founder of Kenya Big Picture Learning, and she’s on the advisory board of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Elena lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, son, and two cats. When she’s not coaching or writing she enjoys traveling abroad, photographing birds, hiking, drinking coffee and reading fiction.

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