Rise Above is a trauma-informed

social and emotional learning (SEL) program. 

Social and emotional learning is the process of

teaching students... 

  • How to recognize and control their emotions

  • Set and achieve constructive goals

  • Demonstrate empathy for others

  • Build and cultivate healthy relationships

  • Utilize good decision making skills

Rise Above uses five core competencies developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).


The ability to accurately recognize your thoughts and feelings and their influences on your actions and behaviors. 


The ability to recognize various avenues of social support, the ability to empathize with others in a way that is socially, culturally, and ethically relevant, and the ability to understand ethical and social standards of your behaviors. 


The ability to communicate effectively, cooperate, negotiate, and seek/offer help when appropriate to aid in the creation and preservation of healthy, rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. 


The ability to control your feelings, thoughts, and actions effectively in various life situations. It includes managing your stress, regulating your impulses, motivating yourself, and working toward achieving positive results.


The ability to make sound, practical decisions about personal and social behaviors utilizing ethical and social norms, safety concerns, accurate assessment of consequences of your behaviors, and personal well-being and the well-being of others.

Learn more about how Rise Above can enhance social emotional learning. 


Virginia Commonwealth University

School of Social Work

Innovation in Child and Family Wellness Research Group

1000 Floyd Avenue 

Richmond, VA 23284

Email: ubet@vcu.edu

Call: 804-827-0156

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Learn more about how Rise Above can enhance social-emotional learning.