Shape of Emotion curriculum

We offer a modular training programme which introduces two break through developments in the field of personal development. The first one is a compelling new process for personal inner emotional clearing. The second one is an innovative model and tool for coaches, facilitators and helping professionals working with groups or one on one. 

LEARNING TO THRIVE IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD

The quality of our living

There is nothing permanent except change.

—Heraclitus

The world is wobbly. The ice caps are melting, the seas are rising. There’s a plastic island three times bigger than France in the Pacific. Political and ideological differences cause tension at home and across the world. Data breaches from major technology companies create worry. Terrorism. Refugees. Ineffective and corrupt governments. Extreme weather events. Water crises. Food crises. Economic downturns and contractions. Nothing is certain other than the levels of stress and anxiety are rising at a disturbing rate.

Pressure to perform in the workplace, at home, in the classroom; on the sports field. The need to relate well to co-workers, friends, family and loved ones result in levels of anxiety and stress that impact the quality of our living.

With all the thinking applied to the problems of the world, they should be solved. But they’re still there. In order to tackle and transcend the problems of the world, we need to think less and feel more.

With all the thinking applied to the problems of the world, they should be solved. But they’re still there. In order to tackle and transcend the problems of the world, we need to think less and feel more.

Making the world a better place

"When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves."

—Jack Kornfield

Not to feel more anxiety, more stress, more unhappiness. Not to find another way to numb or hide from the feelings. Instead, to feel connected by learning to turn down the volume and regulate difficult emotions. By being able to regulate our emotions and embrace our feelings we ultimately feel better and become fuller, more whole, human beings. As a result, we engage and connect more meaningfully with other human beings, our community, society, nature and the environment. And the world becomes a better place

Traditional interventions tend to focus on thinking and understanding emotions as a way to mitigate their effect. At 5th Place we’ve created a model, process and tool of how we structure, store, represent and regulate our inner feeling states. This tool and process is called Shape of Emotion. It is content-free, gentle, safe, easy to learn and use and quickly clears the effects of difficult emotions allowing for a return to a centred, resourceful state.

Dealing with stress and anxiety

"You cannot control the results, only your actions.”

—Allan Lokos

Central to Shape of Emotion’s application is to deal with the stress and anxiety that pervades our society. Around 20% of all South Africans will experience a depressive disorder at least once during their lifetime. Workplace stress, burnout and ill health costs the country around R40 billion annually. Shape of Emotion used strategically can make a sustainable difference

With Shape of Emotion, the volume of any difficult feeling (sadness, anxiety, etc) can be turned down, released and let go. It can also be used to amplify and turn up the volume on any positive feeling (joy, excitement and happiness). Shape of Emotion is used by people of all ages, gender and race. It can be used on its own, as a primary intervention or included as a complementary tool with other modalities and approaches.

It's always about you

Everything starts with you. If you do not attend to yourself first, you cannot attend to anyone else with the integrity, mindfulness and compassion that working with others calls for.

The learning journey starts with an inner, personal one on the Level 1 — Shape of Emotion Foundation course. Understanding what emotions and feelings are and the importance of self-work. Why dealing with your own difficult emotions and seeing them as gifts and opportunities is an imperative if any change is to be embarked on. Learning the process and then practicing it on yourself. This is the first step in the work.

Once you are proficient with Shape of Emotion for yourself on both difficult and positive feelings, you can continue to the next level to complete either one or both of the Level 2 courses on offer.

Level 2 — Apprentice explores using the tool in a group setting. Anyone who does group work, group coaching or counselling, including teachers who want to use it with their classes will find the Shape of Emotion group work a useful resource. The content-free nature of the process makes it particularly appropriate.

Level 2 - Artisan teaches how to incorporate Shape of Emotion as a tool or use it as a complete model in a one on one session. Many of our unresourceful behaviours and most of our repetitive triggers or hooks originate from our childhood. Clearing these past patterns is a specific focus of this level.

A key element of all the training is personal practice and practicum work. This is done after each course. Practicing the skill and reflecting on it as part of the learning process is required. We are aware that not everyone finds writing easy, so we accept a variety of options to consider:  journaling, drawing, painting or other visual interpretation of reflections, even audio recording of thoughts.

Who will benefit from attending these workshops?

  • Coaches, counsellors, therapists, caregivers, teachers, parents
  • Wellness teams and holistic health care practitioners
  • Professionals, managers and leaders working with people
  • Individuals interested in personal development
  • Anyone interested in making a difference in the world

Level 1 - Foundation

Level 2 - Apprentice

Level 2 - Artisan

Level 3 - How Enabler

SHAPE OF EMOTION TRAINING

Level 1: Foundation

“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.”

—Thích Nhất Hấnh

At the end of level 1 participants will know why self-work is the foundation of this work. They will have an overview of the principles that underpin the work. They will be able to use Shape of Emotion as a daily practice for themselves.

Experiential practice and theory

Understand why it always starts with you - why self-work is important

Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of emotions and feelings and their impact on your world

Learn the highly effective Shape of Emotion approach to easily, safely and sustainably regulate and manage emotions resulting in profound, transformational change for you and your clients

Explore the 12 principles of a 5th Place and enhance your ability and capacity to live masterfully and mindfully

Enable the development of personal and professional relationships grounded in integrity, appreciation and respect

Duration: 2 Days

Personal practice

  • Shape of Emotion practice exercises and journaling
  • Reflective piece
  • One on one round out session

Duration: 8 Weeks

Prerequisite for Level 1: none

Level 2: Apprentice

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

—Amit Ray

At the end of level 2 - Apprentice participants will be able to facilitate group sessions using Shape of Emotion as a primary tool.

Shape of Emotion group work

  • Understand how group dynamics affects working in and with groups
  • Setting up the group process: safety, circles and considerations

Using Shape of Emotion for groups - who, when, why and how

Practice session

Duration: 2 Days

Personal practice

  • Using Shape of Emotion in groups at least twice
  • Reflective journaling
  • Feedback on learning

Duration: 3 - 6 Months

Prerequisite for Level 2 Apprentice:

Level 1: Foundation

Level 2: Artisan

“If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.”

—Buddha

At the end of level 2 - Artisan participants will be able to use Shape of Emotion as the primary model for a one on one session or as an additional tool to be used within a one on one session.

Shape of Emotion one on one

When, why and how to use Shape of Emotion as a tool

When, why and how to use Shape of Emotion as a model

What to do when your client is resistant

Childhood issues and how they impact adult behaviour

Understand the difference between acute and chronic feeling states as per the Shape of Emotion model

How to work with acute feeling states

How to work with chronic feeling states

Dyad and triad practice

Duration: 3 Days

Personal practice

Using Shape of Emotion at least three times as a tool

Using Shape of Emotion as a model at least three times

Reflective journaling

Feedback on learning

One on one session assessment

Evidence of ongoing a personal Shape of Emotion practice

Evidence of supervision and a self-care programme

Duration: Up to 12 Months + assessment

Prerequisite for Level 2 Artisan:

Level 1: Foundation

Level 3: How Enabler - Foundation Facilitator

“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”

—Eckhart Tolle

At the end of Level 3, How Enabler - Foundation Facilitator participants will be certified to facilitate a Foundation Level 1 Shape of Emotion course.

Shape of Emotion Foundation Facilitation

Creating the space - what, why and how

Ice breakers and brain breathers

Underpinning theory

The 5th Place Qualities, Pillars and Principles

Introducing the Shape of Emotion tool

Personal Practice and Journaling

Reflective essays and round out sessions

Duration: 3 Days

Practicum and accreditation requirements

Facilitating a Shape of Emotion Foundation course

Reflective journaling

Feedback on learning

Facilitation assessment

Evidence of ongoing a personal Shape of Emotion practice

Evidence of supervision and a self-care programme

Membership of the 5th Place Shape of Emotion Faculty

Duration: Up to 12 Months + assessment

Prerequisite for level 3 How Enabler:

Level 1: Foundation; Level 2: Apprentice

 

To be accredited as a Shape of Emotion Facilitator and to maintain this status, annual membership to the 5th Place Shape of Emotion Faculty is required. This is to ensure that the Facilitator has exposure to the evolving 5th Place philosophy, ongoing learning and has an opportunity to contribute to and collaborate on the body of work.

Pricing

The current pricing schedule is available on request.

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