Course Description

In part one of this three-part course, you will learn 5 tools to build healthier relationships, understand your own emotional states, and foster understanding. 

Part 1 covers the following tools: 

1) Brain Scan Image - Understanding Emotional Activation 

2) Scaling Your Emotions and Taking Timeouts 

3) Processor vs Retreater - How to Avoid the Chase that Escalates Conflict 

4) Banana - File Drawer Metaphor - Understanding How Past Experiences Can Determine Reactions to Present Conditions 

5) Coping Skills Inventory - Building a Nervous System Toolbox 

Approved for Continuing Education

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

Approved for 1.5 contact/clock hours of continuing education credit by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois for the following professions:

  • Acupuncturist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Counselor-Professional/Clinical
  • Dentist/Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Nurse (APN, RN, LPN)
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist/COTA
  • Physical Therapist/PTA
  • Psychologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker

Please refer to  for eligibility of CE credit for your profession in your state or contact your licensing board/credential provider for continuing education requirements.  Questions, please contact


Guest Instructor Jenn Brandel

Jenn Brandel is a licensed clinical social worker in Boston with over twenty years of experience working as a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant. Her work centers around the use of mindfulness and humor to promote compassionate practices, healing and connection. She has been recognized as a leader in her field - making numerous media appearances and speaking at conferences and professional venues throughout New England. She is the author of "My Crisis Plan: What I Need to Get Through the Darkness" and "When Rabbits Spill Their Tea: Metaphors to Guide Us Through Difficult Times."

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