Multi-Arts Curriculum FAQ

Who benefits from learning Emotion Literacy?

Laypeople, aspiring professionals and seasoned professionals who recognize a need to fine-tune their communication skills and want to invest some time, in this way, to do so.

I assumed I knew a lot about acknowledging my own emotions, but the approach of the lessons helped me look in an emotional mirror.

What do you mean by “multi-arts curriculum”? 

Each chapter includes stories told through original musical and theatrical content, in audio form, to help demonstrate specific concepts. We provide the lyrics and theatrical scripts on-screen, followed by a series of questions for guided exploration. In addition to reflective writing, we encourage you to include other forms of creativity, as part of your communication skill-building process.

I benefited from identifying and relating my own perceptions with the characters and their stories.

What is the format of the course…how does it work? 

The course is set up as an independent study so you can engage with the password-protected material online, at your own pace, through your own private perusing, listening and writing process.

Is there support for my independent study? 

Yes. Emotion Literacy Advocates’ founder and author of the curriculum, Pamela Sackett, offers one-on-one narrative mentorship in single and multi-hour packages. If you decide to put your own group together to share the process, Pamela is available to facilitate those meetings.

Searching for hidden feelings and needs within oneself is a huge skill for communicating with one’s self and others….this exercise felt as if written for me. It is the perfect example of how we, as humans, relate.

For what areas in life does this program find relevance?

The program is (English) language-focused and applicable to: 

  • personal skills and community-building
  • creative problem-solving and practice
  • family life and relationships
  • mental health and resiliency
  • trauma-attuned communication skills

These exercises have helped with my current struggles…this section helps me understand why being open to uncertainty can provide the opportunity to experience new adventures and experiences with feelings.

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.

The musical storybook was very educational. I love the ideology—helping people connect through mutual needs and feelings and combining that with protecting the environment—very beneficial!

What skills can I develop through your curriculum?

  • Clarity and freedom of choice through a more active and discerning use & interpretation of everyday narrative.
  • Increased capacity to translate emotion & non-physical needs, through creative and critical thinking.
  • Comprehension of your own feelings and their drivers, relative to (soft) needs, memories & associations.
  • Readily accessible trauma-attuned vocabulary for quelling reactivity, boosting resiliency and finding common ground.

This highlights what I’m going through perfectly in life. I like how it connects the unknown to an individual’s feelings as well as the function of our brains…new experiences are tough and this section helps me understand why that is and why it is easy for anyone to revert to old ways/memories…

How long does it take to move through the curriculum?

There are twelve chapters to explore, one for each communication competency (synonymous with the “Twelve Ways” in the I Can book). Each chapter has three to five parts. Musical and theatrical audio content for each whole chapter is approximately ten to fifteen minutes. The reflective writing part of each chapter, in response to the questions presented, takes as much time as you choose to invest. We invite you to do a trial run to establish the most accurate time estimation by checking out our sample chapter (“Third Way” in I Can).

This program was beneficial…to see how words have consequences and underlying life experiences have a cause and effect on communication.

What is Pamela’s specific approach in this field?

Pamela is a lifelong learner, a dedicated student of communication and human relationships. Her orientation to emotion, feeling and communication skill-building is as a multi-disciplinary language artist. She uses theatre, music and story-telling in prose to both learn for herself personally and to teach. Pivotal to Pamela’s knowledge, insights and approach, is her direct experience of the pioneering work of Alice Miller, Arnold Mindell and Jonathan Fox. Their astute and revelatory observations in the fields of psychology, physics and theatrical improvisation, respectively—filtered through Pamela’s language artist’s sense-abilities—greatly inspired her innovative and nourishing curriculum content.

My generational influences are strong, but this program has taught me that my feelings and emotions are real and they count too….it’s not pie, considering others’ feelings, does not lessen mine…Pamela has tremendous capacity for empathy and witnessing.

Can I use the multi-arts learning tools in my own work?

Yes, after your engagement with the curriculum, you can take a practicum with Pamela, which will give you the opportunity to demonstrate comprehension of  Emotion Literacy Advocates’ principles, communication and advocacy skills, as applied to your own particular area of expertise and service. Once your practicum is complete, a license to incorporate our curriculum’s multi-arts teaching tools into your professional work as a certified emotion literacy advocate is granted.

Working through these exercises and writing down how I am feeling makes it tangible and makes me accountable…I have learned that I think more about how others feel rather than letting my feelings come to surface and have them intertwine…the benefits I gained include listening, how simple words can trigger emotions and it’s okay to love yourself…self-worth is not conceit, it’s ok.

Do I have to be tech-savvy to navigate this course?

Participants find the online course easy to navigate. However, if problems arise, we are happy to work them out with you.

How do I get started?

You are welcome to inquire about the full-meal deal today or to initiate your online multi-arts curriculum access (below). If you would like a preview, see our sample chapter and/or simply purchase the I Can book to begin your visit with the core content of the online curriculum. Having the actual book will also serve your online experience of the curriculum, as you can handily revisit the guiding concepts off-screen. We are now also offering the I Can Explorer Circle, a virtual discussion group for I Can readers. Any one of these options are comprehensive, in and of themselves. The multi-arts online curriculum allows for a deeper interactive dive into emotion literacy concepts, elucidated in the I Can book.

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For more general information about Pamela Sackett’s work & collaborations, on behalf of Emotion Literacy Advocates, please visit our main web site and blog.

If you have more questions, contact usThank you!

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