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Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

Newspaper Front Page: All Sections | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

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Deepening Our Ability To Be Our Own Best Friends: Residential Self-Empathy Intensives – NYCNVC

Deepening Our Ability To Be Our Own Best Friends: Residential Self-Empathy Intensives – NYCNVC | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

As we study and practice NVC, we learn that our ability to self-empathize is a requisite skill for living out our NVC consciousness in the world. Deep empathy, dialogue, mediation, teaching NVC, and perhaps most importantly, knowing what we want to do, versus what we think we should do, are all supported by our skills in self-empathy.


This ability to self-empathize is a key to being compassionate with ourselves, in our significant relationships and in our professional lives. Through self-empathy we can understand what we want and how to get it in a way that is in harmony with our values.  We can hold a more compassionate view of the world more often. We can practice NVC anywhere and everywhere.

 

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Drama groups to help tackle integration issues: spread values of empathy and patience

Drama groups to help tackle integration issues: spread values of empathy and patience | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Interactive plays will be staged across Singapore from July, to spread values of empathy and patience in a bid to promote integration among new citizens and Singaporeans.'

 

The interactive forum theatre will be staged mainly in English and encourages audience members to think, role-play and discuss with cast members on how to tackle integration-related issues. Apart from staging dramas, PA is also hoping to find ways to build common spaces that will allow Singaporeans and new citizens to interact.

 

 

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Using Children's Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning, Part 2

In this video series, Peg Sawyer, B.S.Ed., presents a brief overview of the field of social and emotional learning, and provides examples of literature that connect to some key developmental skill areas: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, dealing with conflict, and problem-solving. Sawyer is a Trainer and Coach with the Open Circle program.
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The Emotion Behind the Thought: Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy - Santa Clara County Psychological Association

The Emotion Behind the Thought: Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy - Santa Clara County Psychological Association | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Emotion Behind the Thought: An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy
with Yotam Heineberg, Psy.D., psychologist, clinical faculty at Palo Alto University,
and research fellow at CCARE, Stanford
Sunday, June 5th, 2016; 1:30 PM – 5:45PM
Gronowski Clinic, 5150 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA
CE Hours: 4.0
[click on Workshop Registration below for the fee schedule]
 
Description
It is well-known that shame and self-criticism can be difficult problems to treat in a range of psychological problems and may even prevent people from seeking help. Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was specifically developed with and for individuals with these difficulties, in part by helping them develop a compassionate orientation to themselves and others by elaborating on cognitive behavioral strategies. CFT is an evolutionary and neuroscience-based approach to psychotherapy that articulates how the evolution of affiliative emotions regulates threat-processing and self-identities. CFT integrates evidence-based therapies with the basic insight that the emotions activated during change processes are as important as processes themselves. CFT has a growing empirical evidence to support its efficacy in a broad range of complex cases, including trauma and rigid personality structures.
 
The workshop will cover the basic concepts of CFT with PowerPoint presentations and experiential practices with the use of emotion focused, cognitive behavioral and imagery practices.
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Empathy is an important skill to show others because it shows we can be good friend

Empathy is an important skill to show others because it shows we can be good friend | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is an important skill to show others because it shows we can be good friends. When we show others empathy, we show them we care about them.

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EDINBURGH DEVELOPMENT GROUP:  The Festival of Empathy! | 11th April 2016

EDINBURGH DEVELOPMENT GROUP:  The Festival of Empathy! | 11th April 2016 | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

We are very excited to announce that the Big Lottery has given us funding to hold a Festival of Empathy in June this year!

Click here to download the programme

We think empathy is important because it is about trying to understand how someone else thinks and feels even if they are very different from you - it's about 'stepping into someone else's shoes'. 

We want to celebrate and promote empathy because we think it helps to create more supportive, understanding and welcoming communities.

We're looking for people to be on the festival steering group to share ideas about what have at the festival and how to include lots of people from different backgrounds. Would you like to help us?

If you're interested, please get in touch with Gillian Allan at Edinburgh Development group

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Peta: Teaching empathy for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will be cruel to other kids.

Peta: Teaching empathy for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will be cruel to other kids. | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Human beings create arbitrary barriers to exclude beings who aren’t like them. Human beings have justified their wars, slavery, sexual violence, and military conquests with the mistaken belief that those who are “different” do not experience suffering and are not worthy of moral consideration.

 

As an educator, you have a chance to teach your students that all animals—whether a rat, a pig, a dog, or a child—feel pain, happiness, and fear and want to live.

 

Teaching empathy and compassion for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will grow up to be cruel to other kids.

 

We know, for example, that many violent offenders, including many serial killers, started out harming animals before moving on to humans.

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Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'" | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'" | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'"

Overview: 
Empathy and academics need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, a focus on empathy can increase student achievement. This toolkit for “Empathy for the ‘A’” shows teachers how to build empathy into their practice with a few adjustments to the things they already do.    

Students learn much more than academics at school. Through what they model, whether explicitly or more subtly, educators teach their students about morals, values, attitudes and feelings. “Empathy for the ‘A’” shows how greater emphasis on teaching empathy can result in academic gains. This toolkit offers suggestions for building empathy in the classroom by enhancing or modifying five areas of common teacher practice.

Essential Questions

  • How does teaching empathy affect student achievement?
  • How can teachers focus on empathy in the classroom?
  • Procedure
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NVC NY: Residential Self-Empathy Intensive 

NVC NY: Residential Self-Empathy Intensive  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
As we study and practice NVC, we learn that our ability to self-empathize is a requisite skill for living out our NVC consciousness in the world. Deep empathy, dialogue, mediation, teaching NVC, and perhaps most importantly, knowing what we want to do, versus what we think we should do, are all supported by our skills in self-empathy.

This ability to self-empathize is a key to being compassionate with ourselves, in our significant relationships and in our professional lives. Through self-empathy we can understand what we want and how to get it in a way that is in harmony with our values. We can hold a more compassionate view of the world more often. We can practice NVC anywhere and everywhere.
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The school of life : Self Compassion Exercise

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Courage 2 Care: designed to increase empathy and care for others, and reduce bullying and meanness

Courage 2 Care: designed to increase empathy and care for others, and reduce bullying and meanness | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Courage to Care™ is an evidence-based curriculum for middle school students, designed to increase empathy and care for others, and reduce bullying and meanness

 

. It has shown extreme effectiveness in tests with over 3000 students to improve school culture and climate while reducing peer victimization.

 

It was created by researchers, educators and specialists from the University of New Hampshire and is now being used in schools nationwide. Shouldn’t your students have the Courage to Care?

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How to save your job from the intelligent robots

How to save your job from the intelligent robots | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Train staff to have empathy and other soft skills. Empathy can be taught, since it “is a cognitive attribute, not a personality trait,” according to Mohammadreza Hojat, a professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

 

MindTools and Empathy Training are among the companies that try to help professionals learn to understand what another person is feeling and to convey their willingness to help.

 

Unsurprisingly, the medical field has led the way into empathy training, with several medical centers creating programs to teach physicians empathy.

 

They assert that increased empathy improves patient outcomes, lowers the risk of physician burnout and reduces the number of malpractice lawsuits. Similarly, IT staff with empathy are patient with users who are struggling with new technology, thus easing the learning process and helping improve IT’s image.


By Bart Perkins

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Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy?

Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

According to a new study, empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half and improves student-teacher relationships.

 

A recent study out of Stanford University set out to answer some of these questions. This study found that adopting an empathic mindset and empathic discipline strategies strengthened student-teacher relationships, encouraged better behavior from students, and cut school suspension rates in half...

 

Clearly, students benefit when teachers adopt a more empathic mindset. But what does that look like on a daily basis?

 

Here are some suggestions for cultivating an empathic mindset and practicing empathic discipline as an educator:...

 

  • 1. Reframe the questions you ask when a student misbehaves...
  • 2. To better connect with students, explore your shared identity...
  • 3. Make empathy part of your school culture, starting with staff...

 

By Mariah Flynn

 

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FREE EMPATHY COURSE: Register for a free empathy course with inputs from leading experts

FREE EMPATHY COURSE: Register for a free empathy course with inputs from leading experts | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
“The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more.

 

It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next. In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace. 

 

By completing this free course, you will gain practical tips and ideas from 60 leading elementary schools, 21 social entrepreneurs, and leading experts from across the Ashoka network on how to instill empathy in children, preparing them for the world ahead.

 

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Role Play in Small Groups: Poverty simulator' teaches life lessons, empathy for services staff  

Role Play in Small Groups: Poverty simulator' teaches life lessons, empathy for services staff   | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Role Play in Small Groups

 

A group of people filled the room at the training bureau of the Juvenile Justice Services. We were strangers who came together to gain empathy.

In real life: staff and volunteers helping youth offenders. But on that day we were the Chen family who came upon hard times.

A counselor at the Weber Valley Juvenile Detention Center played my 16-year-old sister who was pregnant. "She's due in two months," Jennifer Nelson said. Mark Strebel, a CPA with JJS, was my 10-year-old brother who had to watch me. I was "Chad," age 8, a grade-schooler. "Mom," a volunteer at the Decker Lake Youth Center, had gone back to work full-time as a receptionist.

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Using Children's Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning, Part 1: naming feelings

Anyone who has read aloud to children has seen that stories can evoke strong emotional responses and can stimulate new ways children view themselves and others. It is this potential for emotional and intellectual engagement that makes children's literature such a powerful resource for anyone engaged in children's social and emotional development.
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The Healthy Relationships 101 Curriculum

The Healthy Relationships 101 Curriculum | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Our Curriculum
The Relationship Foundation has a curriculum that is being used in schools and organizations nationwide. The communication skills that are taught foster greater critical thinking, empathy, and respect. Building a vocabulary of needs and feelings, participants learn how to articulate one's needs and feelings without blame and judgment and to listen empathically.
 
Click here or on the preview below to download a FREE sample of the Healthy Relationships 101 Table of contacts and Empathy Session.
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Join the Empathy Trainers Association - Now Forming

Join the Empathy Trainers Association - Now Forming | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

The Association For

  1. Empathy Trainers who have similar and common interests, activities and concerns about teaching empathy.
  2. Mutual promotion of the welfare of all it’s members.
  3. Protect and advance mutual interests.
  4. Set and maintain standards.
  5. Promote social, advertising and political action to get communities, organizations, businesses and government to support empathy training programs.
  6. etc


Benefits for Members

  • Access to training curriculum from other members.
  • Share training materials and resources.
  • A directory of empathy trainers that prospective clients can access. For Clients - If you're looking for a trainer you have a place to go 
  • Offer business support and leads to members. 
  • Discussion forums listservs.
  • etc

 

 
JOIN THESE DISCUSSION GROUPS
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First Step, Join the
Google Group Email Discussions List
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Facebook Group
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Empathy Trainers Association Website
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How Caring for Living Things Helps Kids Build Empathy

How Caring for Living Things Helps Kids Build Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Before leaving for preschool this morning, my four-year-old checked on her jar of ladybug larvae, watered her little flower garden and shared a bagel with her little brother.  She may not know the term, but she was practicing empathy.


Empathy is a skill – one that we can cultivate and strengthen with practice. It requires us to imagine how someone else is feeling and then respond in a caring manner. Picture book author Anna Dewdney offers this wonderful definition: “Empathy is an understanding that other people have feelings, and that those feelings count.”

When kids care for living things – from babies to animals to plants – they exercise their empathy muscles. They learn through experience that

  • 1) everything has needs;
  • 2) these needs are not always identical; and
  • 3) they can help meet those needs.


By Deborah Farmer Kris

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Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee]
(noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person’s feelings or experiences

 

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Residential Empathy Intensive -A Deeper Dive into Empathy, the Breath of Compassion

Residential Empathy Intensive -A Deeper Dive into Empathy, the Breath of Compassion | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it


This training is intended to support participants in having a deeper integration of empathy. In a supportive, community environment, participants experience challenge, guidance and support in the practice of empathy and seeing our world empathically.

 

Throughout our time together we will learn to increase our capacity for being present, learn to focus our awareness, and develop the ability to work with our own capabilities and humanity, in real-time situations.

Feelings and needs are the focus of empathy, so our relationship to them directly influences the quality and depth of our empathy. At this intensive, through practice and exercise, we will broaden and enrich our understanding and experience of these “life energies” thereby deepening our practice of empathy. Throughout the retreat, we will build on that work with well-defined empathy processes to bring a fruitful, sustainable practice of empathy into your life.

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NVC NY Empathy Day-School 

NVC NY Empathy Day-School  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
THIS TRAINING IS INTENDED TO SUPPORT PARTICIPANTS IN HAVING A DEEPER INTEGRATION OF EMPATHY. IN A SUPPORTIVE, COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT, PARTICIPANTS EXPERIENCE CHALLENGE, GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT IN THE PRACTICE OF EMPATHY AND SEEING OUR WORLD EMPHATICALLY.


Throughout our time together we will learn to increase our capacity for being present, learn to focus our awareness, and develop the ability to work with our own capabilities and humanity, in real-time situations.

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Teaching Empathy

The Circle School is part of the 2016 Big Give SA. At The Circle School, we teach empathy, by having our children volunteer, raising money for causes all over the world, and participating in local marches and protests. We believe that our children can and will grow up to change the world.
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Is Teaching Kids Empathy Just as Important as Teaching Them Math? 

Is Teaching Kids Empathy Just as Important as Teaching Them Math?  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
A conversation with Joan Cole Duffell on social-emotional development.

 

Let’s use empathy as an example. How do you teach kids that skill?

To really help children acquire empathy, we start with the very building blocks of empathy. One of the first things people need to learn is how to decode facial expression in other people. That’s not empathy, but it’s one of the important steps toward it.

 

So let’s say in kindergarten, the teacher has a big lesson card, and on the front of that card is a picture of a child’s face at their age level, and on the back is everything the teacher needs to conduct that lesson

 

. So the teacher is holding up the picture in front of the kids and following the lesson on the back of that card. And the kids are looking at this child’s facial expression and the lesson is for them to guess how that child might be feeling by looking at their expression. And it’s very specific because if the kids say, “Well, Jamal looks really happy,” the teacher would say: “How can you tell? What is it about Jamal’s face that tells you he’s looking happy?” There’s a lot of learning around what a smile looks like.

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Katrina Bishop's comment, April 16, 10:59 PM
I think empathy is a very important aspect of life, especially as technology becomes such a huge part of everyday life. Technology acts as a barrier, in a way, between people. Without empathy someone can pretend the person on the other side does not feel anything. I read about a study recently that discussed how people with low empathy were more likely to be involved in cyberbullying. So I think we need to make sure we encourage children to learn empathy. I am not sure showing a picture for a lesson is the best way to go, however. That is only a picture, after all, but allowing children ample time to communicate with each other and see reactions in person is a good step toward a child developing empathy.
Amanda Watkins's comment, April 16, 11:15 PM
Empathy is a very important skill to have to be a successful adult. It appears more and more that society is desensitized to each others feelings and emotions. I also feel society has a harder time sympathizing with peoples situations or handling peer to peer conflict. I have noticed even in my workplace setting that it seems extremely difficult for people to agree to disagree and conflict does not get resolved. I think Katrina (comment above) made a good comment about technology. If you look through comments on social media posts; you will see that people say the most disgusting things about each other and situations. The individuals who do not empathize with others situations and are completely rude. I think teaching children empathy and gaining those skills at a young age is extremely important to our societies future and future sense of community.
Emily Alvey's comment, April 17, 10:50 PM
The beginning of this article was a bit misleading. It started off talking about teaching children feelings. I don't think that kids need to be taught feelings. We live in a society where everyone is aware of their own feelings. Their feelings are most important. As I read further, I saw more and more that it was teaching people that others have feelings too, which of course is empathy. I strongly believe that our society could stand to increase our skills surrounding empathy, and teach people to stop focusing so much on their own feelings. We now live in a society of whiners. We walk on egg shells because everything we say has a potential of offending someone else. Everyone is offended about something. Teaching respect of others and an awareness of others feelings and points of view would be extremely important, because currently, no one's point of view is as important as their own.
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Designing with Empathy Training Video, Online Tutorial

Designing with Empathy Training Video, Online Tutorial | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Designing with Empathy Training Video
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In this project-based Designing with Empathy video tutorial series, you'll quickly have relevant skills for real-world applications.

 

Follow along with our expert instructor in this training course to get:


Concise, informative and broadcast-quality Designing with Empathy training videos delivered to your desktop
The ability to learn at your own pace with our intuitive, easy-to-use interface


A quick grasp of even the most complex Designing with Empathy subjects because they're broken into simple, easy to follow tutorial videos

 

Practical working files further enhance the learning process and provide a degree of retention that is unmatched by any other form of Designing with Empathy tutor

 

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