ERIC is a modular program designed to promote the development of helpful Emotion Regulation and Impulse Control skills. ERIC contains a number of elements that support skill building across eight domains. ERIC has 24 emotion regulation outcomes for young people. There are 20+ ERIC worksheets and tools to help you cultivate these outcomes. A number of core assumptions underpin the ERIC World View, which is an essential mindset to adopt when delivering ERIC.
Emotion regulation is a multifaceted construct that involves skills in the following areas: (1) accepting emotions as they occur, naming them accurately and discriminating between different emotions; (2) applying effective strategies when distressed that modify emotions in a desired way; (3) reducing unhelpful impulsive responses to strong emotions in order to remain focused on goal-directed behaviour; and, (4) being able to compassionately support or soothe oneself when distressed.
Impulse control is a multifaceted construct that has been defined as involving the following: (1) tolerating or stopping before acting impulsively when experiencing negative emotions; (2) thinking through the consequences of a behaviour before acting; (3) being persistent in spite of uncomfortable feelings, such as being able to stick at an activity that is boring or difficult; and, (4) weighing up the risks before engaging in exciting new experiences.
ERIC is appropriate for vulnerable young people with complex needs. ERIC has been evaluated with young people who are seeking help in alcohol and other drug (AOD), mental health, youth justice, out-of-home residential care, and primary care settings. ERIC is trauma informed and sensitive. The ERIC skills are useful for all young people.
Any adult who has an established therapeutic and trusting relationship with a young person can deliver ERIC. ERIC has been evaluated with youth workers, social workers, case workers, psychologists and practitioners from justice, mental health, AOD, community health, and educational settings.
The eight ERIC modules are designed to be delivered flexibly. Each of the eight ERIC modules ‘stands alone’ and can be delivered in any sequence to suit the young person’s needs. There are several ERIC Tools that help inform which ERIC skills to focus on and where to start. ERIC skills can be taught with a worksheet and typically take 7 to 10 minutes to introduce and practice. ERIC skill building can also occur without using a worksheet. ERIC skills and processes can be woven into day-to-day interactions with young people. ERIC is an adjunctive program and can be delivered alongside existing interventions or programs.
ERIC has been successfully delivered as an adjunctive emotion regulation intervention in various settings including structured vocational programs, residential AOD treatment, youth drop in centres, youth detention and justice centres, community health, youth outreach, counselling, out-of-home residential care and primary mental health services. ERIC is underpinned by acceptance-based cognitive and behavioural theories and complements a range of therapeutic approaches. When you are familiar with ERIC, it can easily be integrated into existing service delivery.