The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
Emotion Literacy Advocates (ELA) Certification Program cultivates change in the realm of thinking and social interaction for a more intentional and inclusive way of communicating at home, work and play.
ELA’s program is based on a set of values and principles that underscore twelve communication competencies played out in an interactive arts-based curriculum.
I think that’s what film and art and music do; they can work as a map of sorts for your feelings.
Each of the twelve chapters of the curriculum include original literary, theatrical and musical forms of narrative as catalysts for reflecting, writing and discussing in exploration of your own thinking connected to feeling, emotion, expression, perception and your use of everyday language.
What does Emotion Literacy Advocates do?
ELA creates and produces arts-based learning tools for educational institutions, social service agencies, special interest conferences, professional associations and for the general public through broadcast media. The ELA Certification Program is ELA’s most comprehensive program that includes our flagship learning tools and expands upon them with additional theatrical, musical and literary content as catalysts for emotion literacy learning and advocacy.
Who designed the curriculum?
ELA’s principal artist and founder Pamela Sackett created the curriculum and produced the content, online, in collaboration with Emotion Literacy Advocate’s board of directors, actors, musicians, singers, technicians and visual artists. The program content is a culmination of Pamela’s work, over two decades, as a teaching language artist, author and performer.
How is this program similar to social-emotional learning (SEL) programs and how do the two programs differ?
All programs related to emotional intelligence acknowledge the gravity of emotion and its bearing on social interaction in every setting. The primary aim in SEL programs is emotion management for social success, taught through the application of “hard science.” Our primary aim is language management for self-understanding and social change taught through the application of the creative arts.
What is Pamela’s specific approach in this field?
Pamela’s approach is informed by a broad range of scientific discoveries filtered through the lens of a language artist’s sense-abilities. Her creative and nurturing curriculum content provides an intimate experience for the learner, lending itself well to a visceral grasp of the concepts.
What does it take to become professionally certified?
The main course includes both independent study—the curriculum is accessible online—and four group gatherings either non-virtually or through electronic conferencing. Certification in emotion literacy advocacy requires a written test and practicum applying ELA principles toward candidate’s own particular area of expertise and service. Once the certification candidate demonstrates comprehension of ELA principles, communication and advocacy skills, a license to incorporate our curriculum’s teaching tools is granted.
Who would most benefit from ELA certification?
Life-long learners who are leaders, group facilitators, parents, social service providers, counselors, pastors seeking arts-based learning tools applicable in the areas of critical-creative thinking skill development and practice, family life and relationships, social justice and advocacy, people skills and community-building.
What are the benefits of professional certification?
- Public proof candidate has demonstrated a level of knowledge and language skill mastery in emotion literacy advocacy.
- Increased confidence navigating the realm of emotion in any setting.
- Full access to tested and trusted arts-based tools for practical professional use.
How long does it take?
A minimum of twelve weeks. Pamela facilitates a group process every three chapters.
Can I engage with the program without becoming certified?
You are welcome to take the course for enrichment and communication skill development.