Emotional Healing 101


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  • 12
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  • 17
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  • 6
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  • 1,157
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Course Description

This course details the process of how to heal from loss, disappointment, and other emotional trauma. It explores the physiological implications of certain chronic emotions such as anger or sadness, and discusses common emotional challenges. It also reviews techniques to promote emotional healing, and how to move forward after the process has been completed. Through understanding the impact of emotion and recognizing when a change must be made, the challenging and lengthy process of emotional healing can begin. This course discusses dealing with the emotional fallout from divorce, death of a loved one, challenges to spiritual life, and disappointment from unfortunate circumstances relating to finances, health and well-being, and other relationships.   Techniques that promote emotional healing are also covered; medication and counseling, journaling and letter writing, art therapy, meditation, socializing, acts of service, and more are explored. Finally, addressing methods and considerations when moving forward after emotional healing and ways to maintain emotional health are outlined.

This course is suitable for personal or professional purposes. This course also serves as an excellent resource for those who may need to understand or guide another person through their emotional healing. Mental health professionals will find that it reflects psychology within a deeply human context; social workers, teachers, religious leaders, and others who sometimes become stand-ins for counselors will discover new perspectives and ways to help those that come to them. If you are considering this course to support and encourage your own emotional healing, you'll find that it is easy to understand and to adapt into your life so as to guide you through difficult times.

Emotional healing is a complex concept that is best described as an emotional, psychological, and spiritual transformation.  Although emotions are entities within themselves as part of the human experience, the reality is that our emotions have the power to shape, and sometimes even control, all of the other facets of our lives. When our emotions are unhealthy, such as persistent sadness, anger, or aggression -- or simply when our emotions grow stronger than our thoughts -- our entire lives can be affected.  Healing our unhealthy emotions can bring about a whole-body and whole-life transformation.

Chances are excellent that if you want to pursue emotional healing, you have made the connection that your current emotional state is unhealthy or otherwise unsatisfactory for where you are, and what you want in your life. However, because the process of emotional healing can sometimes make things worse before they are better, it is also beneficial to understand the negative impact of our unhealthy emotions on our body in other aspects of our lives. 

Happiness, peace, and contentment are all positive feelings; they're also the feelings that have the least physical impact on our bodies. While these feelings may be excellent in helping our psychological state, spiritual life, and actual day-to-day living, the physical effect of these feelings themselves on the body is minimal. However, if you are interested in pursuing emotional healing, we will work on the assumption that happiness and contentment are not the feelings you are trying to heal. Other emotions, such as anger or sadness, that are persistent or even constant, can create havoc on our bodies.

Anger, for example, can have a devastating impact on the body. When we become angry, our bodies start producing hormones such as adrenaline; our bodies may unfortunately cease producing certain hormones, such as acetylcholine, which helps our bodies deal with the increased production of adrenaline and other potentially unhealthy hormones. Without protective hormones like acetylcholine, the nervous system is constantly working and stimulated during bouts of anger. It can also become overexerted, especially in those with chronic anger.  As a result, stiffer arteries in a weakened heart may develop; high cholesterol, kidney damage, and liver damage are also potential threats. Naturally, anger also comes with some other threats to your mental health, such as depression or anxiety.  It is important to recognize that some scientists have conducted research demonstrating that chronic anger may possibly be more of a risk to your body than smoking or obesity, often as a major factor contributing to an early death. Unfortunately, there's more.  When someone is in a constant state of anger, sadness, or other (naturally occurring but) difficult emotions, there are some other effects it may have on your body. Some of the hormones, such as adrenaline, that are generated by a chronic negative feeling can alter your body's chemistry over time. If this occurs, your body can actually become physiologically addicted to these feelings. Obviously, they can become addictive emotionally, as well. In fact, the very concept of undergoing an emotional healing process is subject to the notion that you have, to some degree, become psychologically addicted to unhealthy emotions.  Recognizing that you may have become physiologically addicted, as well, can be helpful in learning how to break patterns and better control the choices you make regarding your emotions. Anger can also lead to mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and stress.

Sadness is another emotion that, left unchecked, can cause lasting effects. While some of the same hormones that are stimulated by anger may also be generated by sadness, the psychological effects of sadness are much more serious than the physiological. Of course, that is up to a point; sadness can cause extreme physical consequences (they simply usually result from choices made during sadness, as opposed to physiological consequences stemming from the sadness itself).  For example, an individual suffering from chronic sadness may become socially withdrawn and begin neglecting aspects of their physical health, such as maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program. In extreme cases, those suffering from pervasive sadness and despair may cause harm to themselves or others. 

While individuals with anger problems may have some predisposition to be angry, the effect of anger on the body is stronger than the effect of the body on feelings of anger. Obviously, this does create a vicious cycle where you have trained your body to be angry, so when you tried to not have that emotion, your body may attempt to force you into that feeling, thus creating a vicious cycle.  With sadness, however, the body usually bears some responsibility of causing the emotion. Serotonin, a naturally occurring chemical in the body, is vitally important to several aspects of health, including helping an individual maintain a positive mood. An absence of serotonin, or a decrease in the serotonin levels, can often lead to sadness and/or depression. 

It is very important when undergoing emotional healing to recognize the patterns and conditions that your body is in as well as your emotions. Tackling pervasive sadness, which usually indicates a level of depression, may require antidepressants that can assist you in maintaining your ideal serotonin levels. And anxiety that may be caused by sadness, anger, or other emotions, may possibly benefit from anti-anxiety medications. Beginning any kind of medication will obviously require a prescription from your doctor -- and possibly a consultation with a psychiatrist or psychologist.  This course focuses on healing yourself emotionally without any medication.  However, if you find yourself still struggling or think that there may be a physiological component that you may be unable to change or break by yourself, consider talking with your doctor about medication.

As you proceed through this course, you will also find that there are many elements of emotional healing that will affect your body. Likewise, there will be things you should be doing with your body that will help guide you through your emotional healing. Although it would be tremendously efficient if we could all separate our feelings from the rest of who we are (including our bodies), it simply isn't possible. We cannot treat our unhealthy emotions without responding to our body's needs and drawing on the resources our body can provide.

 

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Lesson 1: Understanding the Impact of Emotion

Emotional healing is a complex concept that is best described as an emotional, psychological, and spiritual transformation. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Which Emotions Affect Different Organs; Mind/Body Connection; How does Emotional Healing transform your life?
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: A Call for Change

The level of your unhealthy emotions is the call for change; the change itself is emotional healing. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Lifestyle Effects if Stress
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Healing From Divorce

Understanding that the loss of a spouse through divorce is a tremendously complex issue is key to being able to emotionally heal. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Healing From Divorce
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Emotional Healing and Death

Part of the challenge of healing from the death of a loved one is how their death may have created a vast array of different emotions within you. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Healing From Other Disappointments

Although death and divorce are widespread and emotionally traumatic, there are other disappointments that can cause emotional scarring, as well. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Disappointments
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Emotional Healing and Spirituality

The role of spirituality in emotional healing is not focused on any particular religion; rather, we look to what benefits our spiritual life can bring in our emotional healing. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Spirituality vs. Religious
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exams

Lesson 7: Emotional Healing Techniques -- Medication and Counseling

Simply the act of having someone whose job it is to listen to your thoughts and feelings is, in and of itself, awfully powerful. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Emotional Healing Techniques -- Journaling and Letters

One of the most common techniques used to promote emotional healing is journaling. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Emotional Healing through Journaling; Why Write? Emotional Healing
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Emotional Healing Techniques -- Art, Environment, and Meditation

Other excellent techniques to promote emotional healing are to incorporate art, create a healthy emotional environment, and engage in meditation. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Strategies and Tips for Good Mental Health
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Emotional Healing Techniques - Socializing and Volunteering

By volunteering or returning to our own social life, interacting with other people in positive ways is a vital step toward achieving emotional health. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Gentleness and Forgiveness

To a certain degree, part of the healing process is to take responsibility for the things we have done that have caused emotional damage to others. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: The Benefits of Forgiveness
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Moving Forward and Embracing the New You

As you find yourself growing more and more emotionally healthy and healed, it is time to start looking toward the future. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
157
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the impact of emotion on our well-being and health.
  • Know methods on dealing with emotional healing from divorce.
  • Determine methods that may be used for emotional healing and dealing with death.
  • Identify methods of healing when dealing with life's disappointments.
  • Identify the relationship links of emotional healing and spirituality.
  • Know emotional healing techniques and the use of mediation, medications, journaling, and letters.
  • Know emotional healing techniques relating socializing and volunteering.
  • Identify ways to use emotional healing to convey gentleness and forgiveness, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Emotional Healing 101
Course Number: 8900177
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructors
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