Train the Trainer


Facilitate Emotions Education 101 

Wellness Group Classes in Your Practice, School, Agency, or Organization

with Special Introductory Pricing for a Limited Time Only


Hello and welcome to Train the Trainer!

Please join me and Heather Sanford, LCSW, AEDP psychotherapist and co-developer of the Emotions Education 101 curriculum on Friday, January 28th from 1 PM to 5 PM ET.

This half-day workshop is designed for mental health professionals and educators who want to offer Emotions Education 101 classes at their practice, agency, school, or workplace.  The Emotions Education 101 (EE101) class is designed to engage the whole learner - both didactically and experientially.  Participants in the Train the Trainer workshop will have the same experience.


Using the Change Triangle® tool for emotional health as a guide, participants will learn to facilitate a group educational experience that not only changes lives but saves lives. Understanding how emotions work in the mind and body to create symptoms like anxiety and depression makes people feel hopeful and empowered to feel better. The Change Triangle is a trauma-informed, mind and body-based tool and map grounded in accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP). Learning the Change Triangle and working it throughout our lives teaches us skills to move from anxious and disconnected states of mind to calm, confident, and compassionate states, where we feel more authentic - a "This is me!" kind of feeling.


Working the Change Triangle over a lifetime prevents, eases, and heals anxiety and depression caused by blocked and buried emotions. The Emotions Education 101 Train the Trainer course will show you how to run these classes, teach these life-changing skills, and provide social-emotional learning at its best. This course offers clients and participants a great alternative or complement to DBT groups by emphasizing both the containment and expression of emotion in safe and gentle ways that turbocharge transformation and positive neuroplasticity. 


The Change Triangle guides the work by recognizing defenses, regulating anxiety, guilt, and shame, and processing core emotions in the body to connect more fully with our authentic Self.  Participants in the Train the Trainer webinar will have the opportunity to experience what a group feels like as a participant, as led by the workshop facilitators.  There are easy-to-understand didactic presentations covering the theory behind the groups and how to facilitate them.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice the skills learned in small groups to gain confidence in applying them immediately.

The workshop along with the EE 101 turnkey curriculum provides a step-by-step guide to running these classes. You will be enabled to facilitate the Emotions Education 101 8-week class in your practice, agency, hospital, school, or organization the next day. 


Summary of what you will learn in this workshop:


  • Participants will gain an active understanding of the Change Triangle.

  • Participants will learn how to create safety in groups.

  • Participants will learn to embody a stance that facilitates vulnerability and growth in groups.

  • Participants have the opportunity to experience what a group feels like by taking part in one led by the facilitators.

  • Participants will practice the skills taught during the workshop.




1:00-1:15 pm - Welcome, review of the workshop teaching objectives and overview of the curriculum.


1:15-2:15 pm - Participants will engage in a sample Emotions Education 101 group covering how to begin each class with the week's "Aha!" moments and questions, participants will learn the Change Triangle and how to respond to questions. Participants will learn how to facilitate the experiential exercises, how to foster open and authentic sharings following the exercises, how to present topic information using the included PowerPoint slides, how to run small group/break out room exercises and meditations, how to conclude each class. 


2:15-3:00 pm - Presentation covering creating group safety and stance of the facilitator.


3:00-3:15 pm - Break


3:15-4:30 pm - Practice leading a processing discussion after an experiential exercise in small groups.


4:30-5:00 pm - Wrap up, Q & A




  1. Assess participants suitability for the EE 101 class

  2. Apply techniques to help people slow down enough to notice their thoughts and emotions

  3. Create group safety

  4. Create group cohesion

  5. Conduct experiential exercises

  6. Facilitate discussions

  7. Teach the Change Triangle

The Facts:

What: Training Workshop to learn to facilitate Emotions Education 101 Classes. LIVE & interactive on Zoom (CEUs)

Who's it for: Professionals who want to offer EE 101 at their practice, agency, and organization.

When: Friday, January 28, 2022, from 1 PM to 5 PM ET on ZOOM.

Why: Because a crucial part of wellbeing is understanding how emotions work in the mind and body. Burying emotions leads to depression, anxiety, and disconnection from vital and authentic ways of being. Offering this class to the people you serve gives people a lifelong tool to feel better and turbocharges healing work.

Ready to Register?


This online LIVE Zoom interactive workshop is on Friday, January 28, 2022, from 1 PM to 5 PM ET. To register, pick the payment option and package that's best for you. Contact Heather Sanford at or Hilary Jacobs Hendel at if you have any questions. Space is limited - sign up today!

When you pay with Venmo or Zelle/Chase QuickPay and sign up before October 31st, 2021, the cost is $249 (with one curriculum license) or $199 (no curriculum license). For Venmo and Zelle payments, use the email address or @hilaryjacobshendel.

Use the "Buy Now"buttons below to pay now with a credit card or PayPal. If you use the PayPal button below, please know there is an extra charge of 5% to offset Paypal and credit card fees.


$249 with 1 curriculum license (CE credits cost extra)

$199 without curriculum license (CE credits cost extra)


$299 with 1 curriculum license (CE credits cost extra)

$249 without curriculum license (CE credits cost extra)


Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW, is the author of the award-winning book, It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self (Random House & Penguin UK) based on her work as an AEDP therapist. She received her BA in biochemistry from Wesleyan University and an MSW from Fordham University. She is a certified psychoanalyst and AEDP psychotherapist and supervisor. She has published articles in The New York Times, Time, Oprah, and other major media outlets. Her blog "the Change Triangle" is read worldwide. Hilary is the co-developer of the Emotions Education 101 Curriculum and Turnkey Program.

Heather Sanford, LCSW, MPA, is the co-developer of the Emotions Education 101 curriculum. Heather received her MPA and MSW degrees from Cornell and Binghamton Universities.  She has taught Emotions Education 101 in community mental health agencies as well as in private practice. She is a licensed AEDP psychotherapist.  She specializes in group work and individual sessions with LGBTQ + teens. 

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"After 20 years of on and off therapy, and a lot of bibliotherapy in the last year and a half (I've read about 50 books on this subject since the beginning of 2020), I have to say that that this course (and Hilary's book) were what helped me the most. The Change Triangle is a compassionate map that helps you identify where you are in the present moment and helps you predict how you might feel as you start to heal, so that nothing is shocking or surprising and you feel a sense of pride and ownership throughout the process. By meeting weekly to learn more about how this all works, and to practice feeling emotions in the presence of others in the group, I have seen a significant improvement in my ability to trust others as well as myself. I wish I had been introduced to this empowering content earlier in my life, so I am doing my best to educate parents and teachers about your work so that they can hopefully pass on the benefit to their children." -Anne

“This course has been an amazing experience. I think you should do a lot more of these for people. Thank you for offering it!” -Anonymous


"I'm very much enjoying and getting a lot from this course ladies, thank you. The container you have created offers an open and sharing space for folks to come together with intention to better understand, and be with, ourselves; complex emotions and all that comes with having a beating heart. I've loved the psycho-education and the need to 'not fix' rather 'be with' myself... and what's happening inside. Participants' willingness to be vulnerable, and to share openly, has been so helpful in acknowledging 'me too', and feeling understood. Beyond class, I'm slowly showing up for myself in deeper awareness, more subtle and gentle ways too. I feel that I'm cultivating a more intimate level of 'emotional awareness' within, the good and the not-so-good, and am finding I'm less judgemental of myself in it all. A lifetimes' work. Thank You for creating and -so helpfully- facilitating this active learning group." 

-Fiona, (Dublin Ireland)

“Great amount of homework, class is well run, good participation, could use more time for reflections” - Anonymous

“I’m loving the course and learning so much.” -Anonymous

“I wanted to take the course because I want to be my authentic self. At the beginning, I didn't think it would be possible because I didn't understand how one knows when they are being authentic. I think I understand now. I don't know if it can happen for me but you have given me the tools to know how. It's up to me to do it.” -Anonymous

“This course has been an amazing experience. I think you should do a lot more of these for people. Thank you for offering it!” -Anonymous

“Going well. glad to be here” -Anonymous

“Very very good” -Anonymous

“Great class.” - Anonymous