How Emotional Logic can enable your team to be trauma responsive

3 Apr 2020

The impact of trauma on a child’s emotional, social and physical development is becoming widely recognised. The study into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has been widely read and is beginning to impact on practice in schools. Key training providers across the UK are active in teaching education professionals about the impact of ACEs on child development and behaviour but we hear time and again schools calling for practical ways to support those who have been through these challenging experiences. Plymouth Learning Partnership is an excellent example of a training provider that not only educates staff in the ACEs research but provides a tool to help move people forward. It uses Emotional Logic in partnership with its ACEs training as a practical tool to use in the classroom. 

The ACEs research has highlighted key factors proved to help those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. They need:

  • An emotionally available adult to offer support at key times when required.
  • To feel truly heard.
  • To lose the shame associated with the range of emotions and behaviours they exhibit.

Why is Emotional Logic such an effective response to trauma?

Engaging in the Emotional Logic process meets all three of these key factors. Learning Emotional Logic with a trusted, qualified practitioner enables an adult to come alongside the individual and offer support when needed. 

Using the Stepping Stone cards quickly enables a deep level of communication to be established and the lifelong learning process to begin. The cards help people to feel truly heard and understood in a non-judgemental environment. Unless you have tried this for yourself you will not understand the depth of open and honest communication that can occur! 

Through the use of cards and discussion it is possible to explore the useful purposes of each emotion and begin to understand that our feelings and behaviour are linked to underlying values. Many people have been set free from deeply shameful feelings once they realise that their emotions are there for a good reason – to highlight an issue and to move you forward to take action. 

The Emotional Logic process enables people to learn to bargain effectively and to explore which losses can be regained and which can be left for now. Once you learn to design and implement effective solution-focused plans based on your personal values and needs, you can apply this process again and again in different circumstances. You can also teach others to do the same!

If you would like to find out more about how Emotional Logic has been used around the world to meet the needs of those who have experienced trauma, contact us. We offer a bespoke range of training options tailored to your specific needs.

If you would like to find out more about how Emotional Logic has been used around the world to meet the needs of those who have experienced trauma, contact us. We offer a bespoke range of training options tailored to your specific needs.