Emotional Logic

What is Emotional Logic?

Emotional Logic was developed in a healthcare setting during the late 1990s.  The method is now used in welfare settings, schools, inclusion units, parenting and youth support organisations, care support and for people with learning difficulties.

Emotional Logic is a structured way to understand the useful purposes of emotions and the ability to turn unpleasant emotions into positive action whilst limiting distress and confusion. This life-long learning method leads to emotional strength and resilience in the face of life's challenges. In turn, this gives the foundation for positive character development.

Adjusting to change is an emotional process and can be difficult. Emotional Logic is used by many counsellors and therapists. This course will NOT be counselling or therapy but will help you in your everyday conversations and teaching. The cards assist in a non-confrontational encounter and can help you to recognise patterns of behaviour. If necessary, you will be able to refer a student quickly for professional help. As with all work with children, it is important to have in place clear boundaries and confidentiality and child protection procedures which comply with your setting's 'safeguarding policy'.

Emotional Logic is based around a growing set of resources that have been developed by teachers for teachers. Emotions are all useful as we adjust, even if they don’t feel great. They are not just in the mind; they are chemistry, thoughts, feelings, posture and facial expressions all rolled in together as you prepare for change. In our training and materials, we explore the seven emotions related to change especially when it involves loss. We call these stepping stones and they are triggered whenever something we value is lost or at risk of being lost. This may be very intense, as in bereavement, or fleeting when experiencing the smallest loss. Even these small losses can trigger a very big loss reaction in a young child or an older person with delayed emotional development. Consequently, this method is effective in helping people to cope better with day to day setbacks and disappointments.

The Emotional Logic Centre is working in partnership with Babcock LDP to deliver Emotional Logic training and support to schools in Devon.


Emotional Logic Training available from Babcock LDP:

An Introduction to Emotional Logic: A 90-minute practical session (available virtually delivered or face-to-face restrictions permitting) introducing the basic concepts of Emotional Logic to staff or parents.

1:1 Support (class, group or individual): Individual or groups of children can be taught how to use Emotional Logic as part of PSHE lessons or more specifically to explore unpleasant emotions that might be causing issues.

Emotional Logic Lesson Plan Training: Training to enable school staff to deliver Emotional Logic teaching to class groups or individuals.

Emotional Logic Foundation Award for Schools: 20 hour course with assignments covering the healthy emotional adjustment process for self-help and the informal relational support of friends, family and colleagues.

Integrating Emotional Logic into the Curriculum: 90 minute session giving advice and exploring how Emotional Logic can be embedded in the whole school curriculum.

Emotional Logic Facilitator Award for Schools: Two-term programme of study, practical activity and assignments enabling a staff member to teach Emotional Logic within their setting and to carry out 1:1 Emotional Logic sessions with pupils, carers or colleagues.

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Both the school staff and the pupil's mother have commented on the positive impact this training has had on him. There have been no further exclusions since he started these sessions.

As he attended more sessions he was more at ease and he engaged more and more every session. This has been a real step forward for him. He has become very articulate about Emotional Logic. he has taken on board what he has been taught and really benefited from it.

Thank you for the support and advice you ahve given the student., their family and the school staff again this year. The Emotional Logic work you did with the student before lockdown was really successful but continuing since COVID 'struck' has certainly made a huge difference to the student's confidence in expressing their opinions and worries, and has also developed our confidence in how we can best support them as staff. We look forward to working with you next term.

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