Social-emotional skills are essential for working with others, building resiliency, achieving goals and reducing bullying and risk behaviours (eg. substance use). Social-emotional skills are foundational for success in school and in life.
CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, has identified five connected sets of competencies:
Self-Awareness – recognizing emotions, assessing ones’ strengths and challenges
Self-Management – controlling emotions and impulses, managing stress, self-motivation, setting and achieving goals
Social Awareness – identifying others’ emotions, showing empathy, understanding other perspectives
Relationship Skills –building healthy relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution, working, playing and learning with others
Responsible Decision-making – making wise choices, evaluating potential consequences