Social + Emotional Intelligence Profiling and Development as a Proactive Intervention to the “Costs” of Caring.
As a senior, Child and Youth Care Practitioner [CYC-P] who has had the privilege of instructing and supervising child and youth care students, I believe Social and Emotional Intelligence Profiling [S+EIP] and development, can act as a proactive intervention to the “costs” of caring. The Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence [IS+EI] has an evidence based S+EIP (Cronbach alpha 96) that assesses twenty-six characteristics, within four specific areas; self-awareness, awareness of other, management of self and management of other(s) (see appendix A).
Social + Emotional Intelligence
S+EI, “is the ability to be aware of our own emotions and those of others, in the moment, and to use that information to manage ourselves and to manage our relationships” (Belsten, 2016). Identifying strengths and challenges of a person, team or organization validly and reliably, creates an opportunity of empowerment. Strengths are characteristics supported by ones’ nature and nurture. Intelligence is a genetic trait that if reinforced will reach its full potential but there is a cap on this genetic attribute. Social and emotional intelligence can be developed to infinity and beyond there are no limits other than the ones we set for ourselves. Maslow new this thus the peak of our development stops when we reach self-actualization.
Imagine if Child and Youth Care [CYC] educational settings and other fields of caring adopted, S+EI Profiling, as a tool to identify where individuals/teams/classrooms stand on the noted twenty-six characteristics. Coaches, along with students, facilitators and supervisors would possess valid, reliable and relevant data, to foster discussion on the impact and importance of self in relation with other.
Three characteristics are assessed by the S+EIP in regards to self-awareness; emotional self-awareness, accurate self-assessment and personal power. Self-awareness and self-management have competencies that determine how aware we are of self and how to manage ourselves. Self-awareness is the starting point for individual/team/classroom development.
Personal development and self-care is a, CYC-P professional competency and while engaging in personal and group intervention/development an experiential activity is learned, applied and modelled. Personal development strategies/awareness can later be applied in multiple contexts assisting individuals manage/utilize self in the management of other.
Track your Developmental Journey
There are twenty-six characteristics assessed with a S+EIP addressing them all during a student’s educational journey is not likely. Students can reassess their characteristics upon leaving their educational setting to see where they have improved and what they need to focus on moving forward in their career. This information can be provided to supervisors as part of the hiring package.
S+EI growth reduces turnover and enhances an organizations culture as individuals/teams; engage in self - discovery of values and beliefs, explore, clarify and align objectives, elicit solutions and strategies from within to solve problems and improve critical thinking competencies. During my time researching vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout I found answers and I want to empower others, utilizing, S+EIP and coaching, as a proactive intervention to the cost of caring.
In my own research participants stated having an individual outside of an organizations management team to talk to would be beneficial (Pickrem, 2015). A coach can provide the level of confidentiality required to fulfill this need, while supporting individual and team objectives improving organizational cultures.
As a certified, S+EI Profiler, coach and workshop facilitator I have an amazing new tool for my tool box which I have utilized in my own development. Personal and professional goals have been developed due to the feedback provided by the adult S+EI professional and personal profiles. We as a society appear to be doing more with less. Individual and team mindset and strategies, in some instances, are not in our or our children, youth and families’ best interests.
Support Mental Health well-being
My concern is that we become entrenched in routines, surviving rather than thriving, we need approaches that will assist us to stop, reflect and alter ineffective strategies. It is important to consciously stop breath and reflect on our behavior, feelings and impact we have on other(s) especially so as a CYC-P! I believe S+EIP and coaching will validly and reliably guide and support mental health wellness in students and practitioners as they grow within their practice.
How do we motivate those in the CYC field to embrace evidence based practices such as, S+EIP and coaching as a valid and reliable tool to assist proactive development decreasing cost of caring symptoms? I’m hoping awareness will assist in the implementation of this practice. Longitudinal research regarding the mental health outcomes of providing CYC students with S+EIP and coaching throughout their education, and first few years of practice, could also provide the evidence required to enforce such a practice and provide evidence based data to further our professional recognition.
Appendix A The twenty-six social and emotional intelligence characteristics assessed by the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence.
Belsten, L. (2016). Social + Emotional Intelligence Toolkit, ISEI®, Denver, CO.
Pickrem, C. (2015). Residential child and youth care workers’ perspectives of job stress and knowledge of interventions. (thesis)
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