Emotion Coaching: A transformational tool

By Beth Macgregor



National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA5Relationships with children
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1Know students and how they learn
6Engage in professional learning


Beth Macgregor
Beth Macgregor is a psychologist who began her career in 1993 as a child protection caseworker.


This webcast discusses effective ways of guiding children with big feelings and behaviours. It explores the five steps of emotion coaching—emotional awareness, connecting, listening, naming emotions and finding good solutions—and explains how these can be used by early childhood professionals to build trusting and respectful relationships with children. This highly practical webcast by psychologist and subject matter expert, Beth MacGregor, examines how the five steps to emotion coaching can provide teachable moments during times of distress and assist children to further develop their own agency and understanding of emotions and feelings.


Following the completion of this webcast you will:

  • understand the steps and approaches to emotion coaching
  • draw on and use emotion coaching techniques in various situations
  • assist children in identifying and naming their emotions
  • support children’s self-regulation skills so they can solve problems and find good solutions
  • turn moments of negative behaviour into teaching opportunities
  • build trusting and respectful relationships with children.


Duration: 2 hours