University of Valencia, Spain
Emotional education at schools

Dr. González is Professor of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment at the Faculty of Psychology (University of Valencia, Spain). In recent decades, she has held various positions as Associate Dean of Practicum, Coordinator of the Diploma in Speech Therapy, Chair of the American Association of Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis and Vice-Director of the magazine, and served at various committees at the University. Her research has focused primarily in childhood and adolescence (school life, emotional skills, parenting styles, school violence...); but also among adults (domestic violence, postpartum depression, cognitive impairment...). The objectives are focused on determining the risk profiles in the topic studied. The research projects have been funded by agencies through public calls, which have resulted in national and international publications and conference participations. She has also participated in collaborations with other local, national and international institutions.

Human being needs to be linked emotionally from birth. Through relationships with others, emotional expression, conversations, we build the meaning of emotional experiences, that is, we learn not only what and how we are excited, but also to regulate our emotions. The development of identity involves the search for moral values; therefore, emotional, social and moral development are inseparable and crucial to the development of individuals in areas such as cognitive and language. Emotional awareness evolves from childhood development to adolescence, from global feelings that are difficult to label by the child, to differentiate and complex emotional experiences. Emotional education is scarce despite that help us to know, express and regulate our emotions and those of others. Emotions are part of our social interactions, so knowing how to properly understand signals will help us to establish appropriate relationships. The importance of emotional education is extended to the entire school community, hence the need of interventions for teachers and students. The aim of these programs is the development of personal skills in teachers and students, such as improving school climate and the development of a good living.
In this symposium, emotional education programs in children and adolescents and teachers in schools will be presented.