Educators, counsellors and social practitioners urged to embrace ‘SEDS QUALIFICATION’

Published by AtinkaOnline on July 10, 2017.

Mr. Addison

The ‘Social Emotional Development Specialist’ (SEDS) Qualification is the world’s only regulated professional qualification in Social Emotional Development Practice. The curriculum is grounded in rigorous science, with blended learning resources validated through the SESA Initiative internationally.

The qualification sets a new vanguard, and it is independently regulated by a leading global organisation expert in emotional development and has a lineage straight into the science and research of the behavioural science.

The professionals who are ‘SEDS’ Qualified, join a progressive 24-month CPD process to refine and embed their skills and expertise within real-life, with over 50 hours of supporting evidence of practice and continuous learning required in order for SEDinstitute to re-qualify specialists.


The call was made by James Kwesi Addison, the first Ghanaian EQ coach and the co-founder of the SESA Initiative, a SEDinstitute initiative. SEDinstitute is an international Learning, Development & Research infrastructure deployed globally, and dedicated to social emotional development across all realms of education, care and community support.

He made these observations at Ajumako, Enyan, Esiam District in the Central Region after an emotional resilience workshop with over 110 Guidance and Counselling Coordinators of the Senior High and the Basic schools in the district on the 7th of July, 2017.

According to James, there is very little in place within Africa for such specialist formal training/qualification – the area of emotional wellbeing and resilience. Looking around in Ghana/West Africa where many societal and family challenges exist.

To him, the area of social emotional development is a sensitive and far-reaching expertise which entails, dealing with the practical development of people’s emotions and their emotional needs, then enabling them to build the key social emotional skills (EQ) that empower them to cope well with life and build optimistic futures.

He further observed that many professionals or voluntary workers in Ghanaian Public, Private, and Third Sector environments, have not formally qualified to work with the emotional wellbeing of young people/young adults. He said many who profess to work with developing emotional resilience, cannot point to a formal qualification and CPD process which enables them to stand-out in their professional capability to do this work.

He finally reiterated the need for Ghana to set its own vanguard in the social-emotional development of young people/young adults to be supported through a credible learning and development process, to nurture powerful emotional resilience that will shape the future of Ghana.



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