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Exploring Your Emotional Intelligence


Date: Monday, 08/17/2020
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Region: All
Location: Webinar , link will be emailed to registrants, , NY

Event Status: Open

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Sonja Williams-Richardson

Sonja Williams-Richardson
Director of Training

Sonja Williams-Richardson is the Director of the Training Department at YAI, which includes YAI’s Center for Professional Development and YAI’s International Program. She oversees training for over four thousand staff at YAI, ensuring their 300+ programs meet the state and federally mandated trainings, as well as skill enhancement trainings to enhance the quality of support staff provides to people with I/DD. Sonja has worked with people with I/DD for over 25 years, starting her career at YAI as a direct support professional. 

Sonja is also the mother of twins, one of whom receives support services.  Her life has taken her on two very separate but equally important journeys; the journey of providing services and the journey of needing and receiving services. Both experiences have taught her skills to effectively work with people with disabilities and staff that provide them support.

Sonja’s personal mantra is “have an attitude of gratitude.” She believes that once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack!

Who Should Attend:

All Staff Levels

Session Objective:

Success in relationships, careers, and social circles, is directly related to your Emotional Intelligence. This might seem overwhelming but there is an upside! Your emotional intelligence is a skill that can be strengthened and developed. In this workshop, we will explore skills on developing self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. 

Through a fun and engaging training experience, attendees will hone their skills and walk away with the tools need to interact with the world around them in a more successful way. We will look at how to better control our reactions as well as how to be aware of the perceptions we put out in the world. Attendees will leave with some take home exercises to continue learning long after they are gone, giving this class the ability to be lifechanging.