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Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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

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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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Empathy Trainers Association Website
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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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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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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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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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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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