C107 – Social & Emotional Development

Social and Emotional Development
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Welcome to Social & Emotional Development, the first course in the series The Role of the School Counselor.

Social and Emotional DevelopmentSocial and emotional development is a child’s ability to understand the feelings of others, control his or her own feelings and behaviors, get along with other children, and build relationships with adults. In order for young children to develop the basic skills they need such as cooperation, following directions, demonstrating self-control and paying attention, they must have social-emotional skills. In early adolescence, pre-teens and teenagers further develop independence, responsibility, sexual identity and coping skills for risks related to new and unknown experiences.

The social/emotional domain is composed of standards to help students manage emotions and learn and apply interpersonal skills (ASCA, 2014). School counselors promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of college and career readiness for all students in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL).

This course examines social and emotional development in preschool and early-grade children through mechanisms such as motivation and praise, mediation of separation distress, and skills development through play, as well as social and emotional learning throughout the school years through student self-awareness and self-management.

This course should take 10-16 hours of study time to complete all assignments and the reflection questions as directed. There are three written assignments including the reflection questions at the end of the course.