Getting Unhooked: Emotional Agility for Men (6-weeks)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Joel Grow

Getting Unhooked: Emotional Agility for Men (6-weeks)

6:00pm - 8:00pm
CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Course Description

Many people 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 person should be cheerful and project confidence rather than negativity. However, all human beings have thoughts and emotions that include self-criticism, doubt, and fear. That’s just our minds trying to anticipate and solve problems.

In the business world, research shows that effective leaders 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 course, you'll learn many of the same tools and practices as other mindfulness-based classes. Mindfulness and self-compassion are inner strengths that enable us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.  Participants will learn through activities such as meditation, group discussion, experiential exercises, short presentations, and home practices. Research shows these skills are associated with emotional wellbeing, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and more satisfying personal relationships.

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

6-week course

Wednesdays, October 2 - November 6, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Course Fees

$270: Regular registration
$275.00: Registration with clock hours or a certificate of completion to use for CEUs

UW Affiliate Discount

20% off for current UW faculty and staff.

If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:

  • Income-based reduced fee of $215, 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   Important note: Scholarship applications are due two weeks before class start. Applicants will be notified 2 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. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Register for a Certificate of Completion and get CEUs. Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors,  and social workers in Washington State. We cannot gurantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states. 

About the Instructor

Joel Grow, Ph.D. 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"