Getting Unhooked: Emotional Agility for Men

Monday, 16 April 2018 6:30 PM - Monday, 21 May 2018 8:30 PM PST

3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle , WA, 98105, United States

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Monday, 16 April 2018 6:30 PM - Monday, 21 May 2018 8:30 PM PST

Center for Child and Family Well-Being, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle , WA, 98105, United States.


Getting Unhooked: Emotional Agility for Men

Spring 2018

taught by Joel Grow, Ph.D. & John Guy, LMHC


Course Description

Many men have been socialized to be rational and logical: the message is that difficult thoughts and feelings aren’t helpful at work or anywhere else and should be avoided. A successful man should be either stoic or cheerful, and project confidence rather than negativity. However, all human beings have thoughts and emotions that include criticism, doubt, and fear. That’s just our minds trying to anticipate and solve problems. 


In the business world, research shows that effective leaders of all genders approach their inner experiences in a mindful, values-driven, and productive way, integrating both logic and emotions. Studies show that emotional agility can help alleviate stress, become more innovative, and improve job performance. At the same time, increasing our emotional agility in relationships allows us to engage more deeply and meaningfully with those closest to us, as well as with ourselves. 

The good news is that this skill of emotional agility can be trained and developed. In this 6-week course we will cover the following:


Week 1

Developing mindful awareness

What are emotions? 

Relationship of reason/logic and emotions


Week 2

Recognizing our Patterns

Disentangle the emotion from the story


Week 3

Increasing our emotional vocabulary

Labeling thoughts and emotions


Week 4

From reacting to responding: acceptance

Communicating with others


Week 5




Week 6

Tying it all together

Acting from our values



Course Schedule  

Mondays, April 16 - May 21, 2018

6:30-8:30 PM

Pricing and Scholarships 

Regular registration: $270
Registration with certificate of completion for CEU's: $275 (see additional information below)

Additional payment options:

  • Income-based reduced fee of $200, available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email 
  • A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the first day of class. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.

**NEW** UW Affiliate Discounts

20% for UW Faculty & Employees. Use your UW email address to register, include department name, office, and position. Please note: The UW Faculty and Employee discount may not be applied towards friends or family members. 

25% if paying with a UW budget number. UW Budget number is required at registration.

Continuing Education Credits

Pay an extra $5 at registration to receive a Certificate of Completion for 12 credit hours for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors, and social workerin Washington State. Please note: the fee for requesting a Certificate of Completion for credit hours AFTER the course begins is $20. 


Pay it Forward - Support the Scholarship Fund

If you are able to pay more for the course, we encourage you to consider donating to the Mindfulness Outreach Fund which allows CCFW to offer 50% and 100% scholarships to community members to aid in the cost of registration fees for mindfulness courses. Scholarships are awarded to increase accessibility of mindfulness and compassion training for individuals who have limited resources to obtain such training and to those who work in communities experiencing adversity. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, please visit


About the Instructors: 

Joel Grow, Ph.D.

Joel is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington Department of Psychology. He offers evidence-supported treatment that incorporates self-compassion, mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches. He was a member of the UW research team that created Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), an evidence-based aftercare program for addictive behavior problems. He remains active in the delivery and evaluation of MBRP. He has facilitated numerous groups in various settings and has conducted therapist training workshops both in the US and abroad. He also provides clinical supervision to UW psychology graduate students. Before graduate school, Joel spent 6 years as a software engineer and in-house trainer/instructor at A passionate teacher, he co-developed and served as lead instructor for a 9-month University of Washington certificate program for 9 years, and was awarded the UW "Award for Teaching Excellence"

John Guy, LMHC

John is a psychotherapist in private practice at the Seattle Mindfulness Center. He offers mindfulness-based counseling to individuals and couples looking to establish new and healthy behaviors that help them lead lives more in accord with their values. John provided instruction in the technique of mindfulness to students earning their master's degree in the Contemplative Counseling Psychology track at Naropa University. He has practiced mindfulness since 2001. John regularly incorporates mindfulness with clients, as well as in his work with Gender Equity & Reconciliation International, a program that convenes public workshops for healing and transformation between women and men, in the United States, South Africa, and London. John leads the NextSteps Seattle project, an initiative to secure public and private funding for workshops to renew and balance relationships between women and men in the wake of the #metoo movement. Find out more about John at:


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Contact Information

Marcellina DesChamps
Associate Director of Programs
Center for Child & Family Well-Being
Office: 206.221.8508


Cancellation policy

Please review CCFW's cancellation policy.

***20% of class registration fees are non-refundable***

Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Please review our cancellation deadlines below.

Cancellation two weeks before class start: 80% refund

Cancellation within two weeks of class start: 50% refund

Cancellations after class start: No refunds guaranteed after the start of the course.

University of Washington Center for Child & Family Well-being

CCFW is a collaborative research center based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Our mission is to promote the well-being of children, from infancy through adolescence, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and adversity. By using a “whole child” approach that supports the roles of parents, families, schools and communities in children’s resilience, CCFW works to infuse mindfulness, compassion and social-emotional skills into the lives of children, parents, caregivers, educators and practitioners. We are committed to serving as a resources and partner in promoting the well-being of children and families, locally and globally.

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