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I taught health education at the high school level for 33 years. In order to do that job better, I became certified in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). I used that training to develop a whole new approach to health education called "The ABC System of Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral Self-management and Self-improvement". I now call that approach "The Mental and Emotional Tool Kit for Life".
Since retiring from the classroom in 2007, I have been speaking at state and national convention in my field, to high school and college students about the "tool kit" approach. I have also presented to student teachers at many college campuses.
I teach a number of graduate classes for teachers based on the "tool kit" approach through the International Renewal Institute - St. Xavier University consortium.
I run "Tool Time" groups for some of the most troubled and troublesome students at a local high school near my home in northern Illinois.
I advocate for adding these "tools" to the education all our young people now receive in school all across the country. I also advocate that the "tools" be added to teacher preparation programs in colleges and universities.
I am available to do presentations and workshops on the "Mental and Emotional Tool Kit for Life" for schools, colleges, groups and businesses.
Myron Doc Downing, PhD, LMFT
on June 02, 2013 :
Wow, this is the clearest and most practical guide to EQ skills I've seen (and I've seen a bunch, after teaching this for over 25 years)! Ray has amazing experience, working DIRECTLY with teens, parents and teachers for so long, and he has captured it all beautifully in this book (and his others).
I HIGHly recommend this book!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)