9 Hours | 9 CEs

This training program on Cultivating Emotional Balance is presented by Paul Ekman, PhD, Eve Ekman, MSW, PhD, and Ryan Redman, MA

Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an educational training committed to utilizing the experience of emotion as a path for supporting a constructive emotional life and cultivating genuine happiness. By integrating the wisdom traditions of modern psychology, current emotion research, and contemplative practices, CEB provides a secular platform for transformation. This training program implements guided meditation instruction, emotion mapping, group activities, partner reflections, and an in-depth investigation of universal emotions.

 In this training program participants develop attention, restore motivation, identify the root causes of enduring happiness, discuss burnout, explore contempt and shame, investigate different pathways of empathy, practice self-compassion, and build connections through vulnerability and trust. Ultimately, with the tools of CEB, we can draw upon our human capacity to wisely and compassionately actualize individual and collective well-being and establish a wholesome relationship with the planet.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe emotional and conative intelligence through group discussions and introspective practices

  • Describe cutting edge research from Neuroscience and Affective Psychology on emotion, empathy, burnout, and compassion

  • Describe a cause/effect model of personal and professional burnout and apply the model to life at work, home and with colleagues.

  • Describe and investigate sources of enduring happiness, purpose, and meaning

  • Describe mindfulness skills for working with emotion at work and throughout the day

  • Describe contempt, disgust, shame and guilt and learn remedies for working with these difficult emotions

  • Describe communication skills for establishing trust, vulnerability, compassionate listening, and emotional resilience

  • Describe relationship skills for avoiding empathic distress

Presented By

Eve Ekman, MSW, PhD

Eve Ekman is a Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, Director of Cultivating Emotional Balance Training Program and volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Department of Pediatrics. Ekman draws from an interdisciplinary set of skills and knowledge from her professional work and personal practice in clinical social work, integrative medicine, emotional awareness, contemplative science, and meditation

Ryan Redman, MA

Ryan has been teaching meditation for the past 20 years. Ryan is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Flourish Foundation, a social-profit dedicated to inspiring systemic change through heartmind cultivation promoting personal well-being, benevolent social action, and environmental stewardship. Ryan has created and facilitated a number of workshops and retreats for healthcare providers, educators, and mental health professionals domestically and abroad. In addition to working at the Flourish Foundation, Ryan leads teacher trainings in North America for Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and co-founded Cultivting Emotional Balance Inc. with Dr. Eve Ekman and Lani Potts. Ryan has served a pivotal role in developing curriculum for both CEB teachers and students internationally. Through his work at Flourish and CEB, Ryan continues to pursue his passion of creating and facilitating programs that inspire social change and community development through ethics and values, meditation, and experiential inquiry. Ryan is actively involved in local community service as a Rotarian and a Hospice volunteer. Along with his love for teaching and philanthropy, Ryan is a devoted husband and father of two growing boys. With his family he enjoys gardening, backpacking, hiking, unicyling, Nordic skiing, soccer, and surfing.

Paul Ekman, PhD

Dr. Paul Ekman, Professor Emeritus in Psychology at UCSF, is the co-discoverer of micro expressions and a pioneer in facial expression, deception, and emotion research. He has authored fourteen books and more than 100 published articles, holds several honorary doctoral degrees, and was named in Time's 2009 list of “100 Most Influential People in the World. Dr. Ekman’s current work emerges from his close relationship with the Dalai Lama and has resulted in a focus on emotional awareness and global compassion.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • CEB Workbook

    • Mental Balance and Well-Being

    • Wilson et al., 2014

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Harvesting Joy Practice

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4


    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5

    Conative Balance

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Emotions Part 1

    • Lesson 5 Video

  • 7

    Emotions Part 2

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Contempt and Disgust

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Empathetic Joy Activity

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 10

    Shame and Guilt

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Self Compassion & Empathy

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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