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Active Listening

Active Listening | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
This activity supports participants to reflect on a question and generate their own solutions using simple principles of active listening and peer coaching. It’s an excellent introduction to active listening but can also be used with groups that are already familiar with it. Participants work in groups of three and take turns being: “the subject”, the listener, and the observer.

 

Step 1:Do a brief introduction to active listening. Explain that often, when we reflect and discuss, we tend to focus on multiple individuals and questions at once, moving around our attention and focus.
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(Teaching Empathy) (Michele Borba) How to Teach Empathy to Selfie-Loving Kids 

(Teaching Empathy) (Michele Borba) How to Teach Empathy to Selfie-Loving Kids  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

What is the antidote to the Me-Me-Me Era? Turns out teaching empathy -- the ability to put oneself in another’s shoes and imagine how that person feels -- to children as young as age 1 or 2, and continuing to both model and reinforce empathy until they’re old enough to leave home, is key.

So how do you combat narcissism and instill empathy in your children? Borba offers these nine ideas:

1. Develop emotional literacy. In an age of texting, kids fail to recognize facial cues and voice intonation. To understand their own feelings and the feelings of others, Borba advises “regular, scheduled unplugged time. Take back the family meal. Put down the cellphone and talk. Eye to eye. So you can see and hear each other’s expressions and meaning.”

 

2. Make a family mission statement....

 

Lauren Paige Kennedy
WebMD Magazine

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Education Transformations -  K-12 Relational Competency student curriculum.

Education Transformations -  K-12 Relational Competency student curriculum. | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Education Transformations, located in San Diego, California, is a dynamic, leading edge nonprofit company with the vision of transforming our children’s learning environments by providing teachers and students with skills

 

Here are the various workshops and customized programs we offer. We can meet your teaching needs in many ways.

• K-12 Relational Competency Student Curriculum
- Social/Emotional Intelligence and Character Development for the Common Core Student

•Cultivating a Person Centered Approach (PCA) in the Classroom   (formerly “A Taste of Transformation!”)
- a Person Centered Communications Model for Student Involvement

• Mastering Relationships & Restorative Practices in the Classroom
- a Comprehensive ‘Person Centered Approach’ to Learning and Classroom Management
• The Powerful Classroom
- Advanced Workshop

• Summer Week-long Intensive Workshops:
- The Diverse Classroom
– Power Plays

• Customized School Programs
• Personal Coaching & Mentoring

Read more about each below, and click on the links to register or get complete details about each offering…

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International Empathy Trainers Association: Co-Design Meeting Report: July 6, 2016

International Empathy Trainers Association: Co-Design Meeting Report: July 6, 2016 | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Here is a partial report from yesterday’s July 6, 2016 IETA meeting. View full report and video at: http://j.mp/29SJqwL

 


What does an ideal IETA look like to you?
 

  • a group that provides support, outreach, training, professional development, etc to various different organizations.
  •  a body that creates and upholds professional standards for empathy training and development.
  • work to promote empathy as a valued practice in classrooms, workplaces, etc.
  •  create realistic goals and benchmarks for trainees and have understanding of schedules and difficulties 
  • work to achieve an ease of access to materials/empathy professionals - offer online training, in person professional development, conferences, team building, etc.  Not a “one size fits all” deal.
  • supports and believes the idea that empathic relationships should go both ways - should not just be a top down endeavor.  
  • publicize empathy’s successes
  •  highlight how empathy is a utilizable 21st century skill.  
  • experiment with different approaches on how to tap into and teach empathy.  This could range from things like mindfulness to initiative and confidence training to wilderness experiences.  
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(Empathic Parenting) Earlychildhood NEWS - How to Teach Empathy

(Empathic Parenting) Earlychildhood NEWS - How to Teach Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

How to Teach Empathy
Early childhood educators can promote the child's development of empathy by using a variety of strategies during normal daily activities.

Model Caring Behaviors. One of the best ways to promote empathy is to model empathetic caring. Talk about your feelings for others and how you share their joys, sorrows, pain, or delights. Tell children when you are excited for them or when you feel sorry that they are unhappy.

 

Name Emotions. Help children give names to their emotions. Most preschoolers can use the terms happy and sad, but are at a loss to describe their emotions precisely. Introduce feeling words such as lonely, frustrated, frightened, joyful, shocked, proud, discouraged, hopeful, unwanted, contented, anxious, or delighted as you read about story characters or simply live through daily events.

 

Interpret Emotions....

Role Play Helpful Behavior...

Be Supportive....

 

Sandra Crosser, Ph.D.,

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The Secret Underground History of Empathy, Can empathy be trained? BY LOU AGOSTA

The Secret Underground History of Empathy, Can empathy be trained? BY LOU AGOSTA | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Can empathy be trained?

 

I am working on the approach in which one removes the resistances and obstacles to empathy – fear, shame, guilt, reluctance to be intimate, the effort needed to relate to “difficult” people, the list goes on – and empathy naturally unfolds, develops, comes forth.

 

We are naturally empathic, and relate empathically unless it [empathy] gets driven out of us by so-called parents, teachers, chief compliances officers, the imperative to conform, and the real setbacks that life presents to us.

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Interactive Focusing Origin

The Interactive Focusing Process is a forward moving edge of Focusing, incorporating Focusing into the building of relationships.

 

Through the Interactive Focusing Process, we are able to develop empathy and compassion as well as self-empathy and self-compassion. We finally have a "how to" teach empathy and compassion using the Interactive Focusing Process.

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Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
This two-day workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer. 


MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing.  Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (emotions, sensations, thoughts).  Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves.  Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Six Ways to Nurture Kids’ Sensitivity and Boost Emotional IQ

(Teaching Empathy) Six Ways to Nurture Kids’ Sensitivity and Boost Emotional IQ | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Of course we want our kids to be compassionate and sensitive to other people’s feelings. The problem is that many kids’ “empathy potential” is greatly handicapped because they don’t have the ability to identify and express emotions.

 

They have tremendous difficulty feeling for the other person simply because they may not recognize the other person’s hurt, elation, discomfort, anxiety, pride, happiness, or anger.

What these kids need is an education that provides stronger emotional intelligence: an adequate vocabulary of feelings and then the encouragement to use it. Once kids are more emotionally literate and can understand their own feelings their empathy will grow, because they will be far more capable of understanding and feeling other people’s concerns and needs. 

 

Dr Michele Borba

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(Training Empathy: Role Play) Poverty simulation builds empathy for struggling Alabama public school students

(Training Empathy: Role Play) Poverty simulation builds empathy for struggling Alabama public school students | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
A group of Alabama educators in our area want to be sure they understand their students’ lives outside of school in order to provide them the best experiences inside the classroom. That’s why Chambers County, Lanett City, and Roanoke City School Systems recently joined together for a poverty simulation.

Alabama Possible, the advocacy group that sponsored the simulation, says that more than 900,000 Alabama residents live in poverty.  That makes taking care of basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter a struggle.  The need for survival often affects a child’s performance in school.
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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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(Teaching Empathy) Three ways to build customer empathy within your company 

(Teaching Empathy) Three ways to build customer empathy within your company  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The role of empathy in customer experience is an increasingly popular – and important factor – in how we understand and manage our customer relationships. Listed below are a few easy ways to start building customer empathy within your company:

Ethnographic research. Go out and observe the customer using your products and services. It can be very eye opening to observe this first hand, particularly if you have key leaders and decision makers participate.


Customer immersion rooms. Set up a room to include the various interaction points that customers use. This is becoming a great way for a broader internal audience to understand the customer experience in a first-hand way.

 

 Sharing the customer journey. Customer journey mapping is a popular way many companies today are trying to understand customer experiences...

 

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Practicing Active Listening & Empathy Workshop

Practicing Active Listening & Empathy Workshop - Common Good - Medium

Everyone then got into teams of three ready for a session in active listening. We gave everyone the question what do you value in a relationship?

 

And then 3 minutes for the speaker to talk, the listener to listen and the observer to observe. It’s a really simple but effective exercise in putting yourself in the shoes of a speaker, observer and active listener.

 

Giving everyone the opportunity to experience each role and reflect in a group afterwards on how they felt, what they experienced and importantly, what they learned from each position.

 

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 Scientists suggest reading novels helps encourage EMPATHY: New research suggests reading can help develop empathy

 Scientists suggest reading novels helps encourage EMPATHY: New research suggests reading can help develop empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
READING novels could encourage empathy by helping people form ideas about others' emotions, suggests new research.
It has been previously assumed that reading fiction is good for your mental health, but evidence linking Oliver Twist or Anna Karenina to a broadened mind has been mostly anecdotal. 

Now, in a review published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, a psychologist has delved further into the issue.

Keith Oatley, a Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development in Canada, argues that reading or watching narratives may encourage empathy. 
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Empathy Vision LLC provides empathy training for healthcare providers and hospitals

Empathy Vision LLC provides empathy training for healthcare providers and hospitals | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy Vision LLC provides empathy training for healthcare providers and hospitals. Empathy Vision LLC is the leader in innovative empathy training.

 

Empathy 101

As an introductory or a refresher course, Empathy 101 provides an in-depth survey of the eight basic dimensions of empathic experience and the three habits of empathy for personal and/or organizational growth...

 

Empathy and the HCAHPS
Addressing our current environment where improving value for patients is the top priority, this course explores the importance of patient centered care giving and helps organizations collectively raise their HCAHPS scores in order to exceed bottom line goals....

 

Virtual Empathy: Adopting the Perspective of the Patient
Drawing from common interactions between patients, doctors, and nurses, this course gives health care professionals the chance to adopt the perspective of a patient within multiple embodied VR experiences.  ..

 

Two or Four Hour Empathy Seminar...

Eight Hour Empathy Workshop...

Long Term Empathy Training....

Individualized Empathy Coaching Sessions...

 

 

 
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In Someone Else's Skin: NFL Considers VR To Give Players Empathy Training

In Someone Else's Skin: NFL Considers VR To Give Players Empathy Training | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Huyghue, a former Jacksonville Jaguars senior vice president, NFL Diversity Committee member and United Football League commissioner, suggested to Goodell that the empathy training, which promotes tolerance and helps counteract biases of ageism, race, gender, disability, etc., would be useful to the league.

During his visit Goodell experienced multiple empathy-training demos. In one demo, his avatar became a black female, and he observed the way she was discriminated against in the workplace.

 

In another, he saw himself as much older and overweight, allowing him to experience how obese people are treated in society.

 

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14 Ways to Cultivate Empathy

14 Ways to Cultivate Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

An antidote to being judgmental. Linda: Some people are under the false impression that empathy is something that you either have or you don’t...

 

Here are some practices for cultivating empathy:

  1. Practice committed, non-reactive listening by tuning in to the deeper levels of their message.
  2. Move away from right and wrong thinking.
  3. When you notice judgments in the mind, remind yourself about “different strokes for different folks.”
  4. Become more tolerant and accepting of the values and styles of others.
  5. Make room for the full range of intense feelings in yourself and others: fear, hurt, confusion, anger, sadness, grief, shame, guilt, joy, and happiness.
  6. Resist giving advice even if it’s solicited.
  7. Bring forth warmth, affection, and your open heart.
  8. Be willing to share your own personal struggles to normalize whatever struggle they are going through.
  9. Bring a sense of curiosity by asking more questions, in an attempt to understand the deeper meanings of their experience.
  10. Remember that there is no such thing as win-lose in relationship. There is only lose-lose and win-win. We both win through understanding.
  11. Show respect for the human predicament. We all make mistakes while we are learning.
  12. Understand the distinction between unskillful behavior and their character, and be sure to only speak about the behaviors.
  13. Look for their strengths and remind them of those strengths.
  14. Be grounded in the truth that we are all growing and there is an innate drive toward healing and mastery.

 

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(Teaching Empathy)  Dr Janet Klein and Dr Mary McGuire introduce Interactive Focusing.

From the dvd 'The Interactive Focusing Process' shot in 1997, with music by Goran Petrovic, and produced by Nada Lou.

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(Teaching Empathy) Why teaching kids empathy is so important, and the book that shows you how

(Teaching Empathy) Why teaching kids empathy is so important, and the book that shows you how | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Our kids, however, may be missing out on those powerful moments because there is an empathy crisis among today's youth, as Borba explains in her new book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. She cites a study from the University of Michigan finding that empathy has decreased by 40% and narcissism has increased by 58% in incoming college freshmen over the past three decades.

 

Why is teaching kids empathy so important? 

 

Empathy boosts resilience. It is the key to forming the healthy relationships that impact our kids' mental health. And empathy is and will be a key skill in the job market. Employers are looking for people who can connect with their clients, really understand the needs of consumers, and relate well to coworkers, bosses, and others in the workplace.

 

By Shannan Younger

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(Empathic Parenting) How to Keep Kids' Empathy Open in A Digital World | Dr Michele Borba

(Empathic Parenting) How to Keep Kids' Empathy Open in A Digital World | Dr Michele Borba | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

But something more is at stake: our children’s empathy and emotional intelligence. As I researched and wrote, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World I was struck staggering statistics that show a forty percent drop in our children’s empathy levels within the last thirty years. And interestedly is that the biggest dip happened around the year 2000-about the same time computers, Tablets, Smartphones, and all the rest became central in our children’s lives.

 

Yes, technology is taking giant leaps forward in so many ways as a society, but let’s remember that the cornerstone of humanity is empathy. Empathy is the seeds of compassion, courage, collaboration and all those traits that help our children grow to be good people.

 

And most effective way for our children to learn empathy is always face to face. You don’t learn empathy facing screens.

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) A call for teaching kids empathy, made more urgent by Orlando violence

(Teaching Empathy) A call for teaching kids empathy, made more urgent by Orlando violence | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
"Empathy is not an inborn trait," Borba writes. "Empathy is a quality that can be taught — in fact, it's a quality that must be taught, by parents, by educators and by those in a child's community. And what's more, it's a talent that kids can cultivate and improve, like riding a bike or learning a foreign language."

Borba is speaking Wednesday at Glenbard South High School, and I spoke with her in advance of her appearance. The following is an edited transcript.

 

Q: What role does empathy, or a lack of empathy, play in the Orlando tragedy and our reactions to it?

A: It plays a huge role. What is my biggest concern when I start to see empathy wane? It's Orlando. It's Stanford. It's any number of scathing examples of what happens when we attach otherness to another human being and completely dehumanize them.

 

Q: So a person without empathy has no concern for how he or she is treating the people they've dehumanized?..

 

Heidi Stevens interviews Michele Borba

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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

 

 
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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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