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Introduction to Dynamic Emotional Integration® - Series One 

A first series of 4 online workshops introducing and exploring new ways of understanding, relating to and working skilfully with your feelings and emotions.

Introduction to Dynamic Emotional Integration® - Series Two 

A Second Series of 4 online workshops exploring the four families of emotions in more depth.

Course Information and curriculum:  

Introduction to Dynamic Emotional Integration® Series One

Learning and interaction structure: Weekly two-hour sessions will be held using the Zoom webinar platform. Workshops will include discussion, screen shares and simple art practices. PDF’s of all screen shares, relevant audio files and other useful handouts are emailed to you after each session.

This Course is suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring new ways of understanding, relating to, and working skilfully with their feelings and emotions.

Course Content

Workshop 1

Meeting your Emotions and Learning about their Gifts and Skills:
In this first workshop the emotions are organised into 4 basic categories: the anger family, the fear family, the sadness family and the happiness family. You will learn about the specific kinds of intelligence each family of emotions contains.

Workshop 2

The Four Keys to Emotional Genius:
In the second workshop you will explore the 4 keys to Emotional Genius: 1. Welcome all your emotions equally. 2. Understand emotional intensities. 3. Identify multiple emotions. 4. Learn how to channel your emotions.

Workshop 3

How your Emotions Work:
In the third workshop you will learn about how your emotions work by learning the Situation to Action Pathway process. DEI helps you understand how to work with your emotions in new ways so that you will be able to choose new and constructive ways to respond when your emotions arise.

Workshop 4

Empathic Mindfulness Practices:
The last in the series of 4 Workshops focuses on DEI empathic mindfulness practices which can help you develop healthy empathy and self care skills. These practices will also help you access the many gifts and skills of your emotions.

Simple and easy art practices will be employed to help facilitate the flow of your ideas. No previous experience in art is required.

What you will need for the workshops:

Paper (around 20 sheets of A4 printer paper is suitable), and any kind of coloured pencils, pens and crayons or paints.

(If you have no art materials and would like to buy some ”Caran D'Ache NeoColor II" Water Soluble Wax Pastels are good quality, easy to use and last for a long time. A brush can be used to wash over the pastels and create paint effects.)

An A4 folder or file is useful to organise each weeks work in.

Introduction to Dynamic Emotional Integration® Series Two 

This is a follow-on course to the first series of introductory workshops and is therefore suitable for anyone who has completed the first series of workshops. 


Course Content 

Workshop 1  

In week one you will focus on the emotions in the Anger Family: Anger, Apathy (or Boredom), Shame & Guilt and Hatred.

The empathic mindfulness practice of Burning Contracts will be introduced. 

Workshop 2    

In the second workshop you will focus on the emotions in the Fear Family: Fear, Anxiety, Confusion, Jealousy, Envy and Panic & Terror. 

The empathic mindfulness practices of Resourcing and Conscious Questioning for Anxiety will be introduced. 

Workshop 3    

In the third workshop you will focus on the emotions in the Sadness Family: Sadness, Grief, Situational Depression and The Suicidal Urge.

The empathic mindfulness practice of Ethical Empathic Gossip will be introduced. 

Workshop 4    

In the fourth workshop you will focus on the emotions in the Happiness Family: Happiness, Contentment and Joy. 

The empathic mindfulness practice of Rejuvenation will be introduced.  




"I found this workshop series engaging and accessible. I had a new revelation every week! And Sue’s guidance really helped me to understand my emotions and develop completely new insights and ways of thinking.

The work we did helped me to approach my emotions differently in part by reframing my own preconceptions. I explored fixed habits in my thinking, and I feel by the end of the course I had a much deeper awareness of what my emotions ‘were’, why they might feel the way they do, and maybe most importantly – what I can learn from them.

I’ve used the approaches and exercises we explored frequently: in my daily life, and also with my students (I am an art Lecturer). I wish that this practice was taught in schools… I think we would live in a healthier society if it were!

Sue’s teaching methods are exceptional, she is clearly highly knowledgeable about the foundational concepts of DEI, and her approach is supportive and focussed. Sue listened carefully to what each participant was communicating and responded thoughtfully to everyone. We also had a laugh, and this made each session fly by.

Not only was the course useful and meaningful but it was also extremely enjoyable! Sue creates a focussed but fun atmosphere, encouraging everyone to feel able to contribute as much or as little as they felt like after each exercise. 

I loved the art element of the workshops, and this allowed me to explore my emotions in a way just writing and talking couldn’t. The exercises were simple and clear but allowed for a great depth of exploration. And I was so interesting to see the similarities and differences in how each of us in the group visualised our emotions.     

I cannot recommend this course enough. It is so accessible and can be explored on many levels so is suitable for anyone. It could be offered to all ages from children to the elderly, and people of all different backgrounds and with different life experience.   Rosie

“Dynamic Emotional Integration (DEI) is a must for anyone who wants to develop a healthy relationship with their emotions, and find a method to befriend themselves. This course is very accessible and immediately practical and usable in day to day life. There are plenty of resources to enhance understanding of DEI in between sessions. Sue is a gifted facilitator. She is very skilful at implementing the work of DEI in a creative and meaningful way. Her workshops meet each participant individually in their life, and the group work is creative and supportive. Be prepared for a transformative paradigm shift that is grounding, inspiring and lasting!”    Alanna

"I wasn’t quite sure what I had signed up for a the start but I am so glad I did. I was immediately put at ease by Sue’s relaxed and happy way she presented very complex principles in packages that were accessible by anyone. Rather than words, we used drawing of colours, patterns & images as a language to communicate to each other what each emotion meant to us. The fact that our emotional literacy has not improved since about age 5 shocked & saddened me. The biggest thing I took away from the course was

that feelings like anger, sadness etc pass through many different stages which we would not recognise as being related to their overall heading. Understanding how we as individuals deal with these early indicators, what overall heading they come under, and what will develop if left unheeded helps us welcome them. We can then engage with them and react appropriately. So I am looking forward to starting the follow on course.”    Robert

"Although Sue sent materials in advance of the first Dynamic Emotional Integration workshop I took part in, I didn’t really ‘get’ it until I was on Zoom with six strangers discussing my gut reaction to a ‘family’ of emotions.

Sue is a gifted and intuitive guide to excavating emotion. Even on an arm’s length video platform she knows instinctively how to read the room. We strangers quickly became comfortable in one another’s company and, confident we were in a safe space, all sorts of dormant memories and moments of clarity emerged.

Initially, I intended to join for four just weeks, but my Saturday mornings were so enlivened by the mix of talking about – and drawing - emotions, that I decided to keep going onto Sue’s second course, which dug even deeper.

The drawing – or mark making – with the non-dominant hand (for me, the left hand), was a major plus. Sue’s background as an artist allows her to gently guide participants into drawing out their emotions.

My inner critic was immediately silenced. I was amazed at what found its way onto the blank page. So much so that two months on, I am still doing a left-handed drawing a day and I feel it has opened up something in me that was itching to get out."    Jan 

"Sue's courses have, for me translated the therapeutic "Given" that feelings emotions is beneficial in healing, into a practical and simple way of understanding, relating to and channelling emotion. I have found the courses highly beneficial to myself, and therefore also to my clients. the theory is easy to follow, the practices are straightforward and the artwork a neat (effective) way to integrate the material."    Ann


"Doing DEI with Sue gave me an incredible insight into the inner workings of my emotions. Giving me a better understanding of how my emotions serve me, positively or negatively, and how I can use them to my advantage. 

Learning to use mark making in this course, as a way of unlocking the true nature and power of your emotions was a wonderful tool to discover and I will definitely be using it in the future."   Gabby 

“I thoroughly enjoyed taking park in Sue’s DEI workshops. It was the first time I was introduced to emotions in this way and feel as though I have stepped in to a new world of insight. I loved using art as a way to express myself and begin to understand my own emotions and how I relate to them. Sue created a very open, comfortable and warm environment where I could share my thoughts on what we were learning, as well as ask any questions. I look forward to continuing to practice the mindfulness techniques we were taught and deepen my understanding of DEI.”    Diana

“I attended Sue’s introductory DEI course and found it very valuable, it really changed my perspective on how I view my emotions. Sue creates a very welcoming environment, and a judgement-free zone for accessing your creative side (which I was a it nervous about!). There are also some really useful practical techniques explored in the final session that have been a really positive addition to my day-to-day life since attending the workshop.”    Gail

 “I joined this series of workshops out of curiosity. However the knowledge I have learned is vast an life changing. Su follows the work of Karla McLaren. Her approach is both enlightening and interesting. She calmly and meaningfully leads and explains new concepts whilst encouraging participants to explore visually some challenging ideas without pressure. The first four workshops were really just an introduction to a vast topic. But were hugely enjoyable, enlightening and informative.”    Suzanne

“I would highly recommend the Dynamic Emotional Integration training workshops. Each workshop was completely enlightening and thought provoking and I have gained so much from participating in them. I am able to carry this knowledge with me into my personal and professional life. I am really looking forward to delving further in this training with Sue, who delivers the workshops so creatively and is such a wonderful teacher.”  Yan

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