Emotional Poverty

Trainer Certification Event

February 24–26, 2020

Become certified to take the insights from the Emotional Poverty training back to your school or district. Train others to help students understand and process emotions more effectively.

The workshop addresses emotional poverty and builds emotional wealth in your students.

Emotional Poverty:

  • Provides understandings of origins of anger, anxiety, and avoidance
  • Gives a language to talk about brain regulation, integration, and emotional competence
  • Provides tools for educators to address and reduce anger, anxiety, and avoidance
  • Helps educators manage the “classroom dance” that occurs between the educator and the students
  • Provides the tools to motivate good behavior
  • Identifies the differences in male and female emotional processing

Participants will receive a copy of Ruby Payne’s book Emotional Poverty, along with a USB drive containing a PowerPoint presentation and other resources.

“It was one of the most riveting speeches I have ever heard you give, and it gave us a sense of reassurance we all desperately needed. People cannot wait to get your book on emotional poverty. The information you provide can and will save the lives of so many children.”

—Jimmy C. Stokes, Ed.D.

View our event cancellation policy.

Final note: Lifetime certification is not available for Emotional Poverty. If you select the lifetime certification option, your certification will still expire at the end of the second year.


TO: Nashville certified training attendees

FROM: Lynn Jackson, aha! Process

RE: Housing in Nashville

***Dates of training are Monday, February 24 – Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The certified training is being held in the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt, 1715 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203.

There is no room block of reserved rooms. If you would like to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt, please contact the hotel directly at (615) 369-5900. Let the hotel staff know you will be attending the certified training.

There are a number of other hotels in the area that you can contact for reservations.

Additional trainings being offered February 27, 2020

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World certified facilitator training

The R Rules facilitator training

Boys in Crisis workshop


In order to meet the prerequisite, you must have completed the six-hour Emotional Poverty public workshop in person or online.

Trainers must recertify every two years by December 31st of the second full year following certification.

Recertification may be done online or as an on-site workshop (only with sufficient demand).

Need help justifying your trip? Use this letter as a template!

Dear XYZ ,

I would like your approval to attend Dr. Ruby Payne’s three-day “Emotional Poverty Trainer Certification.”

Training dates:

Once trained, I can return to our school district and provide the workshop Emotional Poverty. Additionally, I’ll gain unique perspectives from national consultants that will help us implement the work of Ruby Payne in our school and impact the lives of our students from poverty.

I’ve broken down the approximate cost of my attendance:

Airfare: $XYZ

Hotel: $XYZ (see “Accommodations” tab)

Certification: $795

Total: $XYZ

Once I am trained, I will be able to quickly assemble my presentation and begin to impact on our district. aha! Process has used Duffy Travel to negotiate a discounted rate at hotel (if I book early).

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Submitted with high hopes,


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