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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE & MINDFULNESS: SUPPORTING CLIENT GROWTH & AWARENESS - Self-awareness, social awareness and interpersonal skills as client resources

Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns
One full day
Audio and Video
May 30, 2020
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Most people have heard of emotional intelligence and many people know what it is, but far fewer people know how to use it to improve their performance, wellbeing and relationships. Particularly in times of stress, it can be easy to forget being emotionally intelligent. The good news is that spotting triggers and consistently responding in a more emotionally intelligent way can be trained!

The benefits of emotional intelligence are manifold: (1) improved performance - better decision making, time management, presentation skills, change tolerance, and earnings; (2) improved wellbeing - decreased anxiety and stress, and better stress tolerance, resilience, anger management and assertiveness; and (3) improved relationships - more empathy and compassion, and better communication and people skills.

Key elements of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, mindfulness, motivation,

social awareness and interpersonal skills.

This video shows more about some of the key components:

The training day will provide an understanding of emotional intelligence on a theoretical and, most importantly, on a practical level. The morning session will: (1) look at communication between the  emotional and rational brain; (2) provide a brief overview of the key components underlying emotional  intelligence and mindfulness; (3) provide strategies for noticing and self-managing difficult emotions,  such as fear and anger; and (4) provide strategies for harnessing positive emotions to boost passion and  motivation.

The afternoon will focus on social awareness, including empathy, compassion and relationship management. The session will conclude with time for questions and for reflections on how skills learned throughout the day can be incorporated into participants’ personal and work context. The presentation style will be interactive, and will include examples, case studies, audio visual material, exercises and role-plays.


Bradberry, T., & Greaves, J. (2009). Emotional intelligence 2.0. San Diego, CA: Talent Smart.

Golman, D. (1994). Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

Tan, C.M. (2012). Search inside yourself. New York, NY: HarperOne.


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Loved it Increased my own understanding in a gentle, non-judgmental and practical way.”

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Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD, teaches at the University of Adelaide. She uses an interactive presenting style that is engaging and emphasises practical application in a clinical context. Renata holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a BSc Psychology (Hon) from Macquarie University; a GradDip in Psychology and a BA from the University of Sydney; and a Certificate of Holistic Counselling from Nature Care College. Renata’s research has focused on behaviour change, particularly on the use of emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural strategies in effecting behaviour change.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Australian Social Work and Social Science & Medicine. Renata’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling, psychological assessment, and working with clients with a variety of mental health issues. Renata is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Coaching Federation.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond has employment relationships with the University of Adelaide, the Professional Development People, and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Coaching Federation, and the Anxiety Practitioners Network.


  1. Understanding emotional intelligence.
  2. Exploring the link between the emotional and the rational brain.
  3. Understanding mindfulness and learning how to focus attention.
  4. Learning to notice and self-manage difficult emotions, such as fear and anger.
  5. Learning to notice and tune into positive emotions that boost motivation.
  6. Training social awareness, including empathy and compassion.
  7. Training social awareness and interpersonal skills.

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.”    (Victor Frankl)


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Understand the key components of emotional intelligence and mindfulness.
  • Become skilled at focusing your attention
  • Become skilled at noticing and responding to your own and others’ emotions.
  • Improve your relationships.


Session 1 :

  • Key concepts and skills training in (a) brief overview of the key concepts of emotional intelligence and mindfulness (b) skills training in focusing attention (c) skills training in noticing and self-managing difficult emotions, such as fear and anger, as well as noticing positive emotions that boost motivation​.


Session 2:

  • Skills training in: (a) social awareness, including empathy and compassion and (b) relationship management.
  • Integration of self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness and relationship management into participants’ personal and work life.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counselors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

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