Emotional intelligence can be defined as “the ability to perceive emotion, integrate emotion to facilitate thought, understand emotions, and to regulate emotions to promote personal growth.” Emotions are useful sources of information that help one make sense of and navigate the social environment. Individuals vary in their ability to process information of an emotional nature and in their ability to relate emotional processing to a wider awareness.
The Emotional Intelligence program helps participants improve their ministry by learning how to recognize, manage, motivate, and integrate the wide array of feelings to enhance relationships. Participants explore the key aspects of emotional intelligence while examining the contemporary challenges clergy face in their personal lives and in ministering to others. The program offers practical guidelines of when and how to express emotions in appropriate ways, improve communication, enhance self-esteem, deepen empathy and increase self-confidence while coping with life’s challenges. Specifically the program focuses on developing 4 abilities:
1. Recognizing emotions – the ability to detect and decipher emotions, including identifying one’s own. This is fundamental to processing all emotional information. As participants learn to read the emotions in a situation the better able they to respond to it. Being aware of other’s emotions is critical to building a successful work environment and ensuring quality interpersonal relationships in ministry.
2. Understanding emotions – the ability to comprehend emotional language and to appreciate complicated relationships among emotions. This includes understanding slight variations between emotions, and the ability to recognize and describe how emotions evolve over time. Emotions contain information, and our ability to understand this information and think about it plays an important role in our day-to-day life including how to use them effectively in relating to self and others.
3. Using emotions – the ability to harness emotions to facilitate thinking and problem solving. The emotionally intelligent person can capitalize fully upon his or her changing moods in order to best fit the task at hand. How we feel influences how we think. Using or generating emotions refers to knowing which moods are best for different situations. Specifically, this skill allows participants to employ their feelings to enhance their thinking for more effective problem-solving, reasoning, decision-making, motivation and creative endeavors in life and ministry with others.
4. Managing emotions – the ability to regulate emotions in both ourselves and in others. This allows an emotionally intelligent person to harness emotions, even negative ones, and manage them to achieve intended goals. When managing one’s own feelings, participants are able to monitor, discriminate, and label their feelings accurately, believe that they can improve or otherwise modify these feelings, employ strategies that will alter their feelings, and assess the effectiveness of these strategies. Ignoring this information may mean making a poor decision. Participants learn to stay open to our feelings, learn from them, and use them to take appropriate action.
Recommended length: 1 Day
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:Rosario Camacho
National Federation of Priests’ Councils
333 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601-4001
312-442-9700 ext 206