Once you have registered, you will receive your trainer’s contact information for any additional questions you may have or to make changes to your training date.

Mental health clinicians looking for novel and creative approaches to help children, teen and adult clients better understand and communicate emotional experiences. An interactive Training, please be willing to engage and participate in dyad and group activities. Learning to use Kimochis® Communication Tools in verbal and non-verbal ways with clients will be at the heart of this “how-to” interactive, tool-driven workshop. Clinicians will leave with a set of tangible, effective and fun activities for helping people navigate varied mental health issues.

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REQUIRED MATERIALS: Kimochis® Mixed Bag of Feelings

The morning session focuses on learning how to use the Kimochis® Mixed Bag of Feelings. Appealing and friendly, these feeling pillows encourage verbal and non-verbal engagement in communication and counseling exercises. Activities are designed to be adaptable for individual, dyadic, family and group work. Additional tools, such as the Kimochis® Keys to Communication, will be taught and interwoven into the Training presentation.


  • Explain how to use of Kimochis feeling pillows with clients of varied ages and mental-health concerns, both individually and in groups, can be an effective and fun therapeutic tool for mental health providers.
  • Demonstrate how to use Kimochis feeling pillows to help clients explore, articulate and manage feelings that accompany life’s challenging circumstances.
  • Recognize how to use of these clinical techniques and tools can help an individual develop new patterns of communication, which can increase one’s ability to improve relationships with others.
  • Teach the Kimochis Keys to Communication to support pro-social habits, SEL skills, increasing positivity in thinking and relating to self and others.


REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Kimochis® Educator Tool Kit for Elementary

The afternoon session is ideal for clinicians who want to delve deeper into the Kimochis® Communication Tools. These additional tools are ideal for clinicians who work with children (K-5) in small groups or classrooms. Participants will gain additional Kimochis® emotional vocabulary, giving educators, parents, and children a common language to guide positive behavior in social and academic settings. The Kimochis® Characters teach temperament, keeping learning fun and interesting.The Kimochis® Feel Guide, a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, will be taught and participants will be guided on how to use it for individual and group counseling work, psychoeducation and SEL lessons. These SEL tools can all be used as stand alone interventions or integrated into existing models of support. Upon completion of this  Training, participants will be prepared to use and teach Kimochis® mental health and communication tools as prevention and therapeutic intervention in practice, school and clinic settings with children and adults.


  • Use the Kimochis curriculum and tools to plan small groups to foster social-emotional and academic success for children.
  • Understand how the Kimochis characters promote temperament tolerance and understanding for targeted needs in both group and classroom settings.
  • Model Kimochis vocabulary to support children to use positive communication tools during times of emotional and behavioral upset.
  • Collaborate with other educators and families to create Kimochis interventions that promote social-emotional development in children.


Full Days
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Half Days
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Location Required Materials Cancellation and Refund Terms

Fri, Apr. 24
(8:30a – 3p)


Sat, Jun. 20
(9a -4p)

If you have already completed a morning session, you may opt for just the afternoon when registering.

Fri, Apr. 24
(8:30a – 11:30a or 12p – 3p)

Sat, Jun. 20
(9a -12p or 1p – 4p)


Until further notice all training will be Virtual via Video conference

Full Day or Afternoon Session: Kimochis® Educator Tool Kit for Elementary

Morning Session Only: Kimochis® Mixed Bag of Feelings

  • Over 30 days before the Training date: cost minus $50
  • 15 days before the Training date: 50% of cost
  • Less than 15 days before the Training date: No refund


TRAINER: Katie S. Raher, PhD.



Katie Schmidt Raher is the Founder of Constant Love and Learning and is dedicated to bringing more positive feelings to children, classrooms, and schools through educator well-being, social and emotional learning, and effective, prevention-focused educational practices and systems. She has been working with children, families, and teachers in schools for nearly 20 years in her roles as a School Psychologist, education consultant, teacher, teacher educator, parent educator, and researcher. Dr. Raher tried several Social and Emotional Learning programs throughout her career, and then in 2012, became an ambassador for Kimochis after seeing its unique effectiveness with children and adults alike. Since this powerful discovery, she has supported numerous schools and programs with implementation of the Kimochis curriculum as part of multi-tiered systems of support to foster children’s social-emotional, behavioral, and academic success. In 2016, she became a Kimochis Certified Trainer and has now had the honor of sharing the power of Kimochis with hundreds of educators and mental health clinicians in person, and is even offering online courses through her organization now.

During her career, Dr. Raher also coordinated an Early Childhood Behavioral Wellness Team, created an early childhood Student Success Team model, revised a district-wide Section 504 model of implementation, chaired a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) committee, supported large-scale and federally-funded research projects, and taught college courses, presented, and published in areas related to development and instruction. She received her graduate level and clinical training from U.C. Berkeley, completing her Ph.D. and School Psychology Pupil Personnel Services Credential in 2010.  Dr. Raher received the UC Berkeley Center for Child and Youth Policy Dissertation Award for her investigation of the intersection of academic and social-emotional teaching practices in preschools and their impact on children’s development. She was also the invited Doctoral Speaker at her commencement, a Spencer Fellow, and voted Teacher of the Year at the elementary school where she taught.

Last but certainly not least, she is the mother of two beautiful, sensitive children, whose unique personalities and needs have taught her more about herself and how to best serve children and families than any other training she has had, and who give her daily practice in using her Kimochis tools. Overall, Dr. Raher is particularly passionate about supporting populations that are marginalized and affected by poverty and societal inequities, and she believes that focusing on the well-being of children AND educators is at the core of any potential change and more equitable outcomes. If you would like ideas to support your work with children, and especially insights into nurturing your own well-being so you are more capable of meeting the demands of this work and creating impact, Dr. Raher would love for you to sign up for her newsletter or follow her blog at constantloveandlearning.com.

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