Erin M. Phifer, M.A.

Licensed Professional Counselor

                               Publication

Boosting the Mind’s Eye:
Visualizing for Social & Emotional Intelligence
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 What is E.I. & Why is it Important?
E.I. = Emotional Intelligence
 is the capacity to reason about emotions, to accurately perceive emotions, to generate emotions to assist thought, and to understand and regulate emotions to promote emotional and intellectual growth.1 It is vital to the success of social and emotional understanding and functioning throughout one’s life.

Who Will Benefit?
Individuals demonstrating social and emotional difficulty within one or more facets of their life resulting in confusion and frustration. Individuals may be diagnosed with: Asperger’s, High functioning Autism, Hyperlexia, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, ADHD, comprehension deficits, mild to moderate social skills deficiencies, receptive and expressive language disorders

How Does the Program Work?
Boosting the Mind's Eye: Visualizing for Social & Emotional Intelligence
is a book and comprehensive program utilizing mental imagery to increase language comprehension while targeting specific social and emotional skills necessary for successful functioning. The goal of this program is to build mental imagery by using multi-sensory techniques allowing comprehensive processing of facial expressions, social cues, body language, social scenarios, and social/ emotional vocabulary. This is accomplished through: visualization, verbalization, photos, role-playing, drawing, mirror work, journaling, social stories, and building vocabulary.

Boosting the Mind’s Eye is a psycho-educational group
in which individuals will develop the ability to create mental images improving their language development while simultaneously learning social and emotional information. Through the use of visual imagery and multi-sensory techniques, they will learn to perceive emotions, use emotions to facilitate thought, understand emotions, and manage emotions. Individuals will further retain social and emotional information because it will be processed in both their verbal and visual memories. Social vocabulary, social scenes, and social stories will be role-played in order to build empathy, perspective, and flexibility within social situations. Photos and mirror feedback will offer the ability to compare their own facial expressions and body language while learning appropriate vs. inappropriate social responses. Parental education and involvement will be incorporated in order to continue the learning experience outside of the therapy room. Through parental training and education, parents will be equipped with the knowledge and techniques to help build their child’s imagery, social, and emotional skills. 

Psychologists, counselors, social workers, teachers, parents, and speech and language pathologists may be interested in utilizing this program in order to aid the social and emotional retention and comprehension of children within their lives.
1Mayer, J., Salovey, P., & Caruso, D. (2004).Emotional Intelligence: Theory, Findings, and Implications. Psychological Inquiry, 15(3), 197-215.
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