Curriculum for Teaching Emotional Self-Regulation
These lesson plans are designed for a team teaching approach, involving English/Language Arts in collaboration with adjustment counselors, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and other mental health clinicians. They are designed to be used with high school students.
The lesson plans can be used for analyzing virtually any piece of literature depicting characters facing emotional situations and interpersonal conflict. We encourage you to tailor the lesson plans for use with any literature of your choosing, and for this reason the lesson plans and student activity handouts are provided in easily modified format. You can use the four lessons either as a group or individual intervention. You can also use these lessons with a bibliotherapy group.
Theses lessons were developed by the School Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Lesson on emotional regulation: “How hot or cold does your emotional ‘engine’ run?”
Lesson on self-calming methods: “Downshift to a lower gear, with help from your body”
Lesson on reframing feelings before acting on them: “Slow down and look around you”
Lesson on conflict resolution: “Find the best route to your destination”
These documents are available under a royalty-free license at www.schoolpsychiatry.org and are provided courtesy of Massachusetts General Hospital (“MGH”). Any modification of this document is prohibited. This document is intended to provide general educational information concerning feelings, thoughts and behavior. By making available the information contained in the document, MGH is not attempting to practice medicine or providing specific medical advice. This document should not be used as a diagnostic tool or to substitute, replace or overrule a health care
professional’s judgment or clinical diagnosis. Users should consult with a trained mental health professional for individual situations and for answers to personal questions.