All skills are designed to develop “social-emotional” intelligence and encourage successful living. Families and parents of all forms learn to manage the complexities of parenting and family life while individuals of all ages improve their current level of social-emotional functioning.
Skills are taught using a variety of pedagogical and therapeutic methods. Teaching techniques are chosen with learning styles in mind and include direct instruction, collaborative “recipe” writing, scripting, rehearsal, coaching and role-playing. Therapeutic frameworks include narrative, phenomenology and cognitive-behaviour therapy.
The issues addressed by SFL range from complex familial/peer relations, difficulty reading social cues, shyness, bullying, anxiety, low self-esteem, and aggression to Learning Disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Social, emotional and behavioural skills are essential components of success in all areas of life – personal, academic and professional. The ability to achieve, in our increasingly relationship-driven world, is largely dependent on the level of competence one has in these three separate yet connected realms.
The term social-emotional intelligence is typically used to identify this form of aptitude and can be seen in individuals of all ages. These individuals communicate effectively (both verbally and non-verbally), problem-solve and easily adapt to a broad range of social contexts.