ERIC promotes healthy social and emotional development in all young people by cultivating helpful emotion regulation and impulse control skills.
ERIC is a modular skills program that teaches adolescents and young adults how to regulate their emotions and manage impulsivity; two areas associated with healthy emotional development and the maintenance of good mental health and wellbeing
ERIC has been developed for vulnerable adolescents or young adults. However, the ERIC skills are helpful for all young people.
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Emotion regulation is a complex skill made up of several different elements, including:
(a) accepting or allowing emotions to naturally occur and pass
(b) using effective strategies to regulate emotions when distressed;
(c) inhibiting urges and impulses that occur in response to strong emotions;
(d) staying focused on goals when experiencing strong emotions; and
(e) calming down in a timely way after becoming distressed
Emotion regulation is important for maintaining wellbeing, building resilience to stress, managing urges and impulses that may lead to risk taking behaviours, making good decisions and persisting with important goals, even when feeling distressed. Difficulties with emotion regulation are a feature of many common mental health issues
Impulse control is a complex skill and made up of several different elements:
(a) being able to pause before acting when experiencing strong negative (or positive) emotions;
(b) being able to thoughtfully consider the consequences of behaviour before acting;
(c) being able to see things through to the end or to stick at an activity that is boring or difficult; and
(d) weighing up the cons before taking risks or seeking excitement
Impulse control is important for achieving goals, maintaining good relationships, reducing risk taking behaviours and cultivating good problem solving skills. Young adults tend to focus on short-term rewards rather than longer-term consequences, so managing impulsivity is an important skill during emerging adulthood