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Charter Education Institute

Emotional Intelligence for a Compassionate World

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Starting Date:  The course will start immediately after registration.
Duration: Course content, delivered on demand.
Cost: $40

Emotional Intelligence for a Compassionate World 2021, an engaging, interactive course, is the beginning of your personal journey to a more compassionate world—an opportunity to understand and nurture your own emotions, and to develop your ability to empathize and act with compassion.  Together, we can be the change we are looking for.

The course includes text, photos, videos, and written exercises and reflections.  You can learn at your own place and pace and within a comfortable time frame, typically 60 to 90 minutes a week for six weeks.  It also includes a self-scored assessment of Emotional Intelligence so you can get a confidential assessment of your own EI skills.

Does this describe you?

  • You are aware of so many people in need of compassion—in the community where you live, and far beyond to communities everywhere in the world of more than 7 billion.
  • You believe that humankind has the potential to behave better, to treat each other with kindness, respect, and compassion—with the goal of creating a more peaceful world.
  • You would like to act with greater compassion and make a difference.
  • But you may feel alone, or overwhelmed, or even despairing in your determination to “be the change” that Gandhi talked about.
  • What can one person do when the suffering is so vast? Does what you choose to do really matter?

You Are Invited
Now you have an opportunity to join a community of like-minded people in the Compassion Education Institute’s online course Emotional Intelligence for a Compassionate World 2020.

This engaging, interactive, online course is the beginning of your personal journey to a more compassionate world—an opportunity to understand and nurture your own emotions and develop your ability to empathize and act with compassion.

You are invited to explore opportunities to use that compassion for creating a better world—for making a difference where you live. Whether you’re a child of the sixties or a forward-thinking member of the X, Y, or Z generations, if you have dreamed of making a difference in the world, I invite you to join us.

Together, we can be the change we are looking for.

Why Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional Intelligence skills and competencies can become the fertile ground for a more compassionate world.

The skills that contribute to the various components of Emotional Intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, awareness of and interaction with others, and resilience) may be viewed as essential skills for the development of compassion–in individuals, in families, in the workplace, in communities, and in the interconnected societies of people throughout the world.

Topics of this Course
The course structure follows the five major aspects of Emotional Intelligence as defined by the Success Model of Emotional Intelligence. It includes a self-assessment of Emotional Intelligence skills and a final Action Plan for using those skills for a more compassionate world.

Week One: Introduction

  • Overview of Emotional Intelligence in current models
  • Contagion of emotions
  • Self-assessment in Emotional Intelligence skills
  • Success Model of Emotional Intelligence

Week Two: Awareness of the Self 

This is where it all begins:

  • Being able to identify your own emotions
  • Being conscious about your intentions as you act and speak
  • Observing your typical reactions to others and your environment
  • Recognizing how you are perceived by others

 Week Three: Actions of the Self 

 Building self-awareness allows you to:

  • Develop self-compassion
  • Manage your emotions in a way that allow you to maintain equilibrium
  • Express your emotions appropriately
  • Plan and anticipate how to cope with difficult situations

 Week Four: Awareness of Others 

  • By being more aware of your own emotions and being able to manage them, you become more aware of the needs and emotions of others, by observing and understanding their words, actions, facial expressions and their body language.

 Week Five: Interaction with Others 

  • The ability to successfully interact with other people builds on your awareness of others’ emotions. If you have well-developed skills in this dimension, you are able to:

- Utilize that awareness to build strong relationships, teams, and support networks
- Empathize in interactions with other people
- Act with compassion when you become aware of another’s pain

Week Six: Resilience

  • Resilience: The ability to learn from mistakes and to recover from setbacks
  • It is resilience as much as any other aspect of EI that is the basis for your ability to maintain equilibrium and balance amidst inevitable changes and even crises that you encounter over a lifetime. Resilience can be enhanced and cultivated to create a rich, full life—and to extend your hand to others in need. Resilience includes optimism, flexibility, creativity and self-motivation

How Does This Course Work?

  • The 6 lessons of Emotional Intelligence for a Compassionate World are completely online—with easily downloadable exercises and reflections
  • You can access a new lesson each week from anywhere and at any time as long as you have an internet connection. Simple!
  • You work through each lesson at you own pace during the week, adding comments and questions
  • This is an on-demand, self-paced course, so if you get behind, you can catch up at any time and review past lessons at your convenience.


Course Facilitator

Barbara A. Kerr Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D.

Having identified the skills of emotional intelligence as highly significant to the success and well-being of individuals, teams, and organizations, Barbara has provided coaching, workshops, online courses, and presentations in emotional intelligence for people in business, education, healthcare, and non-profits.

In addition to earning her doctorate in English and serving as a college instructor, Barbara has completed a post-graduate training course as a Master Certified Executive Coach and is a certified administrator of the EQ-I 2.0, an emotional intelligence inventory, as well as a number of other assessments to assist individuals, teams, and organizations in moving forward to fulfill their vision.

Working with the Charter for Compassion, Barbara contributed an article, “Being Compassionate,” to the Community Tool Box, a service of the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas: She is also the author of a workbook based on the online course, Emotional Intelligence for a Compassionate World: Workbook for Enhancing Emotional Intelligence Skills, available on in print or Kindle editions.

In 2020, Barbara published a novel for middle-grade youngsters, Laughter for Shazpara, in which eleven-year-old Noona applies the wisdom of compassion, passed down through the women of her family, to save her parents and restore laughter to her village. Available on in print or Kindle editions.