Shape of Emotion Practitioners Training

Learn a practical model and tool for regulating emotions and building emotional resilience

5th Place offers an online training programme for Shape of Emotion, a model, process and tool for emotion regulation and emotional resilience. The training is aimed at coaches, counsellors, facilitators and helping professionals working with groups and one on one.

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Learning to thrive in an uncertain world


Pressure to perform in the workplace, at home, and in the classroom remains unabated. Juggling multiple, different and new responsibilities in the face of unrelenting uncertainty requires a different set of tools and practices. Now more than ever learning to thrive in an uncertain, unstable world requires sustained emotional resilience and psychological robustness.

Very few of us have been taught how to manage, regulate and express our emotions appropriately. At 5th Place we’ve created a way to work with emotions that is easy to learn and easy to use. A tool for the times, Shape of Emotion, is a model, process and tool of how we structure, store, represent and regulate our inner feeling states.

How will you benefit?

This training course will provide you with the opportunity to

  • Gain a better understanding of what emotions are, how they are made and the key role they play in our physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing
  • Explore the strategies used to BAN (bury, avoid, numb) emotions
  • Gain insight into the foundations, research and science underpinning Shape of Emotion
  • Learn a new model and tool for the regulation of emotions for your own personal practice, to use one on one or in groups
  • Explore getting into the CAB - contracting, action and boundaries
  • Use Shape of Emotion for groups
  • Learn how Shape of Emotion can be used as a coaching or therapy model
  • Practice your skills in groups of two and three

Course dates


There are several Online Shape of Emotion Practitioner training courses planned for 2021 (SoE 21). Each course comprises three modules and participants are required to attend all three modules of the training programme.

The times for each online training day are 10h00 - 13h00 CAT.

The first two courses for 2021 are listed below. More will be added in due course.

Shape of Emotion Practitioner 21-1

Module 1

Wednesday 10 February - Friday 12 February

Module 2

Wednesday 24 March - Friday 26 March

Module 3

Wednesday 5 May - Friday 7 May

Shape of Emotion Practitioner 21-2

Module 1

Tuesday 9 March - Thursday 11 March

Module 2

Tuesday 13 April - Thursday 15 April

Module 3

Tuesday 1 June - Thursday 3 June

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The Online Shape of Emotion Practitioner training course costs R30,000

  • A 50% deposit secures your place
  • A payment plan can be arranged (see below)
  • Payment can be made via bank transfer (EFT) or credit card.
  • Upon receipt of your application, the relevant banking information and / or payment information will be supplied

Frequently asked questions

We need to be able to help our young people to be emotionally intelligent but can't do that if we lack that ourselves. I suggest you contact Chantal and Matthew and ask them to come and offer "an appetiser" at your next gathering.

Course outline

Module 1: Foundation

At the end of Module 1 participants will understand how emotions are made and their impact on our lives.  You will have an overview of the qualities, pillars and principles that underpin the work. You will be able to use Shape of Emotion as a practice for yourself. You will be expected to be proficient in the tool and show evidence of a regular practice by the start of Module 2.

Module 2: Apprentice

At the end of Module 2 participants will be able to facilitate group sessions using Shape of Emotion as a primary tool.

Module 3: Artisan

At the end of Module 3 participants will be able to use Shape of Emotion as the primary model for a one on one session or as an additional tool to be used within a one on one session.

Course facilitators

Chantal Dawtrey

Chantal Dawtrey

Chantal is a credentialed coach and registered coach supervisor with COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) and a past chairperson of the Research and Supervision Portfolio Committees. She is a qualified teacher, a Neuro Linguistic practitioner, and has an MPhil in Management Coaching (cum laude) through the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She is the co-founder of 5th Place and co-creator of Shape of Emotion.

Matthew Green

Matthew Green

Matthew is a member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) and is a qualified aromatherapist, EFT practitioner and coach. He's studied Waldorf education, NLP and has been researching and working with human development potential since he was 20 years old. He is the co-founder of 5th Place and co-creator of Shape of Emotion.

The experience and value I got out of it for being more able to handle feelings / emotions better made it time and money well spent.


  • Attendance and successful completion of all three modules is required in order for you to receive the 5th Place Shape of Emotion Practitioners Certificate
  • The certificate will be issued in your legal name as an attendee and emailed as a print quality PDF
  • The certificate verifies you as a certified Shape of Emotion practitioner and enables you to practice Shape of Emotion with yourself, others and in groups
  • The certificate enrolls you in the 5th Place Shape of Emotion faculty for three months
  • Certification entitles you to be listed as a member of the 5th Place Shape of Emotion practitioners circle on the 5th Place website

5th Place course registration form

To register complete the online registration form below.

It is worthwhile to attend & was for me a life changing experience.

Cancellation policy

  • There is a minimum attendee requirement. If this is not reached the course may be cancelled or postponed at the discretion of 5th Place
  • If you cancel your registration less than 3 (three) working days prior to the course commencement, you will be liable for 50% of the course fee
  • If you who do not participate in the course without cancelling, you will still be liable for the full fee
  • Notification of cancellation must be sent in writing, via email, to [email protected]
  • Cancellations may only be deemed to be effective once confirmed by a member of 5th Place

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There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

—Khalil Gibran