Sierra College Insights to present ‘Emotional Intelligence: The other kind of smart’ in Truckee

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – Sierra College Insights will present “Emotional Intelligence: The other kind of Smart” with Christopher Old on Friday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Emotional Intelligence (EI), the ability to recognize and control emotions, is a characteristic that affects our ability to succeed in all areas of life including personal relationships, careers or school.

During the Sierra College Insights presentation geared toward young adults and adults, Old will use small group activities to explore and discuss various components of emotional intelligence. The key components of EI include self and social awareness and self and relationship management. Teens, parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend together or on their own.

“Positive close personal relationships are one of the key ingredients to living a fulfilled life. When our closest relationships are going well, everything else seems a little easier; we feel happier, more productive and generally satisfied with life,” said Old. “When our relationships are not going well it affects our ability to work well, to parent well, to feel happiness and live the life we want to live. Fun and challenging experiences during ‘Emotional Intelligence: The other kind of Smart’ will fuel our discussion and bring the concepts to life. We will explore ways to improve emotional intelligence and flourish.”

Old teaches Personal Development and Psychology classes at Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee (across from the Save Mart shopping area). Like most Sierra College instructors, he brings real-world experience to the classroom. After eight years guiding whitewater rafting trips, he went to graduate school to focus on his passion: helping people identify and live their best life. Old earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling and became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as National Certified Counselor. Today his practice includes Adventure Therapy, a combination of experiential activities and traditional counseling, to help people learn about themselves and improve their relationship through positive experiences with clear goals.

Dr. Kim Bateman, dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee, is pleased to invite community members from teens to seniors to Sierra College Insights, an educational and interactive evening event series designed for inquisitive adults and teens. Sierra College Insights begins with socializing and complimentary refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and programs begin promptly at 7 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 530-550-2290.

Sierra College Insights schedule

• Feb. 8: Emotional Intelligence: The other kind of Smart with Christopher Old

• March 8: “The Use of Icons of American History in Modern America” with Taylor Tiraterra

• April 12: “It’s Against the Law! The Political Power of Dance” with Jennie Pitts-Knipe

• May 10: “The Red Shoes: Addiction from a Depth Psychological Perspective” with Kim Bateman, Ph.D.

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Hone your Emotional Intelligence

A Career Planning course by Old will be offered at Sierra College, Tahoe Truckee campus, 1-2:20 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesday, Jan. 28 to May 25, 2013. Apply at The cost is $138 (plus books, materials and a parking fee).

One night interactive presentation, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, free. RSVP to 530-550-2290.

About Sierra College Insights

Sierra College Insights is an interactive educational event series designed for inquisitive community members from teens to seniors. Each month an academic expert will facilitate an out of the ordinary presentation on the Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee. Students, residents and visitors are welcome to attend. Complimentary refreshments and time for socializing precedes each event. For more information, visit or e-mail

About Christopher Old

Christopher Old teaches Psychology and Personal Development at Sierra College. He is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with an active private practice in Truckee. He has been serving the Truckee/Tahoe community for more than seven years. Old is a strong believer in learning through experience. This philosophy is apparent in the experiential nature of his classes and the Adventure Therapy component of his practice. In addition to his local work, Old presents at regional and international conferences and is a member of the Leadership Council for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group. Contact Christopher Old at 530-582-4171 or through

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