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Farmer Earns Certification

Betty Farmer : Professor of communication at Western Carolina University

Betty Farmer, professor of communication at Western Carolina University and business consultant and trainer, has earned a Social and Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification from the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence.

ISEI is an international learning and research organization that supports coaches, human resources professionals, and other organizational leaders to build social and emotional intelligence in the workplace and life beyond work. Farmer joins the ranks of approximately 1200 ISEI certified coaches worldwide.

“I’m thrilled to have completed this certification course. Emotional and social intelligence is absolutely essential in the workplace, and I enjoy helping people develop their skills in this area. It’s work that makes a difference,” said Farmer.

Emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) encompasses many skill sets, such as empathy, stress management, resilience, effective conflict management, catalyzing change, teamwork and collaboration and inspirational leadership, among others.

While Farmer has been providing workshops on emotional intelligence since 2018, this certification enables her to administer the Social and Emotional Intelligence Profile (SEIP®), which is the most comprehensive, fully validated and statistically reliable social and emotional intelligence instrument on the market today. After completing the SEIP®, individuals receive a 40-page report with scores on and tips for developing 26 emotional and social intelligence competencies. In addition to the individual version, there is a 360 version of the SEIP® that enables an individual to get feedback from their workplace colleagues.

“This certification also gives me access to the most up-to-date research, case studies, and tools, such as assessments and exercises, that I can use with clients. I feel well-equipped to now add social and emotional intelligence coaching to my consulting and training offerings,” said Farmer.

Amy Sargent, executive director at the ISEI, and the certification course facilitator, said, “I don’t know if there’s ever been a time where emotional intelligence was needed more. It’s exciting to watch our students take what they learned in class and help their clients develop skills which lead to successful relationships, both at work and at home. I can’t wait to follow Betty’s successes as she continues to weave social and emotional intelligence into the fabric of everything she does.”

Farmer provides workshops and training on a variety of managerial and leadership topics both as an independent consultant, as well as through WCU’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment. Contact Farmer at bfarmer@wcu.edu or visit pdp.wcu.edu for upcoming workshops.

Julia Hartbarger Duvall : Western Carolina University
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