So with all your experience, you know all to well how desperately people need emotional intelligence?
How would you define it? If you wanted to give someone a short definition of emotional intelligence?
You how when you say for a fact that you know how much people need emotional intelligence, I like to say that people really need emotional literacy, to become emotionally intelligent. Because emotional intelligence is like the capacity to read emotions, to understand when you are in that certain place. I think we need to give them lessons. You how with kids you teach them how to read, you have to teach them you know A, B, C well I would like to teach people the A, B, C of emotional Literacy so they become emotionally intelligent. I think those are the tools really that we give them emotional literacy. So that is how I see those 2 steps, that’s my dream and hope that I give children emotional literacy, that I give them the tools that they need to become emotionally intelligent....Read more
Beatriz Martinez-Peñalver is a licensed psychotherapist with over twenty-five years of experience in the mental health field. She is an activist that has traveled the nation to spread the facts about emotional literacy on the doorsteps of policy makers, educators, and parents everywhere. Her mission extends well beyond Triumph Steps and her goal is to ensure emotional literacy curriculums are taught at every school in Florida and beyond. Beatriz knows that any school practicing emotional literacy techniques, through Triumph Steps or otherwise, is making an everlasting impact on students’ lives.
Beatriz holds a master’s degree in mental health from Nova Southeastern University. She is the president and CEO of Healthy Connections, Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) in Miami, FL and the founder and CEO of Triumph Steps. Healthy Connections opened its doors in 2001, and with a team of about 25-30 staff members, has served thousands of clients (children and adults) with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and other mental health conditions. Prior to opening the Community Mental Health Center, Beatriz ran a private practice where she led her patients to self-discovery and personal growth with the psychology of abundance, cognitive behavioral approaches, and meditation.
With her many years in practice as a mother, Beatriz realized that schools are so busy giving our children mostly intellectual knowledge, that they completely omit an emotional literacy curriculum, which will prepare them for life. With this in mind, and a burning desire to bring an emotional literacy curriculum to every child in the world, she created Triumph Steps. Beatriz knows that if we teach each child the powerful force of thoughts, they will avoid developing erroneous thought patterns and self- defeating behaviors, and they will grow up inspired to create the extraordinary lives they deserve. This, in turn, will prevent that in 15 to 20 years any of them come to her mental health clinic, or any other clinic in the world, for emotional issues....Read more about Beatriz in interview here...
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CEO of Healthy Connections, Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) in Miami, FL and the founder and CEO of Triumph Steps.
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