Statewide NJ Social & Emotional Learning Conferences-3 CEU Credits

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​​​​​​​​​Marriah Media announces three New Jersey social and emotional learning conferences hosted by award-winning author and Founder of Softstone, Inc. Karen Stone, M.A., for parents and early childhood educators.  Register Online


Emotional Intelligence for young children is what my mission and passion is all about. If only I had learned these skills as a young child and teenager, I wouldn't have suffered the demeaning voices of emotional abuse way into adulthood. I'm grateful to the hosts of our conferences at Mercer, BCC and Atlantic Cape, for giving me the opportunity to convey and teach the importance of these skills to parents and educators at nearby colleges. My life has been dedicated to learning all I can so that children will have the ability to be emotionally safe in our emotionally unsafe world.

Karen Stone, Author & Founder, SoftStone, Inc.

The Conference Center at Mercer, West Windsor, NJ: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Enterprise Center at BCC, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing: Saturday, April 1, 2017


Take the next step beyond just social and emotional learning to ensure your children’s personal and conceptual success at home or in the classroom. Social and emotional learning programs are the topic of all early childhood programming. Children are demonstrating the need for a more structured and consistent method of becoming relational. The “Voices of CJ” early childhood emotional intelligence program stimulates those active emotional centers of the brain growing the fastest from birth to six. We have a very small window of time to teach and stimulate these emotional centers to reap the greatest benefit.  Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills are not innate and require the relational quality time that comes from appropriate connection in our lives. Current brain research has determined that EQ raises IQ and is 80% the reason we are successful in life.

This stimulating and interactive conference for parents and teachers provides a background of the importance of Emotional Intelligence and how learning styles are vital information for instruction that affects social and emotional development. It also includes a fun and engaging demonstration of the award-winning “Voices of CJ” early education program for parenting and teaching emotional intelligence. This program teaches children the “7 Voices of CJ” and how to become Creators of Joy. Parent and teacher guides along with all the materials you need are available in order for CJ our Creator of Joy® character and his playful buddies to become a part of your daily routines at home and in classrooms. 

CJ (Creator of Joy®) and his cast of characters make this a fun and engaging experience while at the same time developing the 7 important attributes of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Learn more about this exciting new approach by going to and seeing all that is available to bring this into your homes and classrooms.  Learn More.



The Conference Center at Mercer, West Windsor, NJ:  2/25/2017
Enterprise Center at BCC, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  3/18/2017
Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing: 4/1/2017


9:00 - 9:30:     Intro & How Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Evolved as a Critical Component Needed in Parenting & Teaching
9:30 - 10:00:   Learning Styles Discussion & Survey for Both Adults & Young Children
10:00 - 10:30: Brain Research and Definition of Emotional Intelligence & the 7 Attributes of EQ.
10:30 - 10:45: Break
10:45 - 11:45: Demonstration of the “Voices of CJ” Program
11:45 - 12:00: Open Questions & Answers
12:00 - 1:00:   Optional: Availability of “Voices of CJ” Materials Including the Teacher & Parent Guides


A certificate will be provided for 3 CEU hours at the completion of the conference. These 3 CEU hours qualify for professional hours needed by state requirements to maintain certification.  Karen Stone is certified by the State of New Jersey to provide these hours and qualified to do so for the surrounding states.​


Karen Stone, M.A., Elementary & Special Education, MA in Learning Disabilities, has worked in the education field for more than 45 years.  She authors a blog on raising children with Emotional Intelligence (EQ) on her website,  She previously wrote an anti-bullying blog,, for several years that was inspired by her educational background and her own experiences being bullied from childhood to early adulthood at home and at school. Karen’s work is also influenced by her experiences raising a son with significant disabilities.  Karen’s professional experiences as an educator also helped her see that for children to be successful whether they had disabilities or not, they needed to value themselves, each other and their abilities. Research now tells us that healthy Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the key to meaningful and successful lives.

As CEO of SoftStone, Inc., Karen has written and piloted research-based children’s Emotional Intelligence (EQ) programs. These fun and engaging programs, the “Voices of CJ” and “ACTIONS”, provide parents, teachers and caregivers with skills, behaviors and activities to bring Emotional Intelligence (EQ) into their homes and classrooms.  Karen’s book, Is Your Child’s World Emotionally Safe,” will be debuting soon and will describe Karen’s background and research into the many social attempts at creating a more emotionally safe world for children.  Karen’s dream of creating a more emotionally safe world for children with CJ (Creator of Joy®) and her lovable characters will also support people with disabilities vocationally. Select materials will be produced, collated and distributed through centers that provide employment for developmentally disabled. She is delighted that her two passions in life are coming together to help provide opportunities for children and persons with disabilities to reach their unique potentials.   More About SoftStone, Inc.​

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