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(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy to Adults

(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy to Adults | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Three Methods:
  • Modeling Empathy
  • Role-Playing
  • Making Connections



Empathy is one of the most important social skills humans can have. Understanding and showing concern for others builds bridges, resolves conflicts, and deepens interpersonal relationships, but how do you teach empathy to others, mainly adults?

 

Empathy can be taught to adults by modeling and role-playing active listening skills as well as taking time to mindfully engage with the surrounding world.

 

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(Teaching Empathy) The Vegan Librarian: Teaching Empathy to Children Through Language

(Teaching Empathy) The Vegan Librarian: Teaching Empathy to Children Through Language | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Here are three simple things I do as a vegan librarian to encourage empathy in young learners:

Use lessons that celebrate animals as thinking, feeling beings. When I am reading books aloud to children, I try to choose titles that inspire feelings of wonder and excitement about the lives of animals and encourage empathy for those who may not express their emotions in ways that are familiar to humans. Just like I won’t read books that perpetuate harmful stereotypes about other people, I also won’t read books that make living in a zoo or on a farm seem like a universally positive experience. It’s impossible to avoid books and songs about blithely cheerful farm animals, but during storytimes I do try to steer clear of books that specifically depict dairy cows or laying hens.

Use language and embody behaviors that promotes respect

 

Get familiar with books and other resources that promote kindness toward animals.

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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy in Education) Empathy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care?

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy in Education) Empathy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
November 11, 2015


The benefits of empathy in education include building positive classroom culture, strengthening community, and preparing students to be leaders in their own communities.

 

3 Benefits of Empathy in Education

1. Empathy builds positive classroom culture.
With the diversity of students entering classrooms each day, paralleled by an increase in globalization, it's more necessary than ever for teachers to actively construct a positive classroom culture. ...

2. Empathy strengthens community.
Given that the definition of empathy involves understanding another's feelings without having experience, empathy sets students up to deepen relationships with their current classmates and people that they know outside of school...

3. Empathy prepares your students to be leaders in their community.
Leaders must understand the people that they lead and be able to show that they care. Leadership articles emphasize human development as an essential leadership quality...

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(Teaching Empathy) Active Listening: The Art of Empathetic Conversation

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Active Listening Increases Well-being
The need for connectivity and belonging is fundamental in humans, not only when we are born but also in adult life (Baumeister & Leary, 1995). We want to be liked in order to belong, and research has found that we even mimic others with words and gestures to show them that we are just like them (Van Baaren et al., 2004).

In accordance with this, positive psychology research has left no doubt that positive social interactions increase our subjective well-being and provide greater life satisfaction. Sonja Lyubomirsky (2008) claims nursing social relationships to be one of ten happiness enhancing activities, due to the sense of belonging we experience when being with others. In addition spending time with friends or colleagues builds positive emotions, a key component of happiness (Fredrickson & Joiner, 2002).
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(Teaching Empathy) 4 Ways to Enhance Active Listening

(Teaching Empathy) 4 Ways to Enhance Active Listening | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

As trainers, we are keenly aware of how important the skill of active listening is when conducting a training session. However, it is one thing to know this on an intellectual level; the challenge is to actually practice it.

 

Often, we think ahead on how to respond, particularly when hearing ideas we may not agree with. This habit of thinking ahead often leads to discussions and conversations that are not always productive. By using active listening skills, it’s possible to avoid this practice and remain in the moment.

 

 Linda Carole Pierce 
  2/12/18  

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(Teaching Empathy) The Empathy Business

(Teaching Empathy) The Empathy Business | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Our  Process
We’ve refined our process over the last six years to deliver the most impact to our clients in the shortest time. The output will be an increase in performance and loyalty both amongst staff and customers. The output of our 12 or 20 week programme will be a diagnostic of your empathy strengths and deficit, identification of where the empathy deficit is and a series of sustainable ‘nudges’ to bring more empathy into your business. We ‘institutionalise’ empathy so you can sustain empathy post the programme. We helped set up the first ever empathy unit in a Fortune 500 company.

Our process looks at your company’s empathy levels across both your customers and employees.

 

Planning Phase - 3 weeks
We collect metrics which determine your organization’s empathy deficit using our diagnostic tools.

Executive interviews - 2 weeks 
We run facilitated interviews to identify the behaviours that are being modelled across your organization.

Empathy measurement tool -2 weeks.
We correlate performance and attrition data and give teams and individuals an empathy quotient.

Empathy in Residence -2 weeks
We experience empathy levels through observation in your offices and style of meetings which strongly correlate to empathy levels.
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(Empathy Training) Using Empathy: Insights from Self Psychology, a Study Group & Case Consultation 

(Empathy Training) Using Empathy: Insights from Self Psychology, a Study Group & Case Consultation  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

with Dr. Judy Zevin

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course provides an introduction to the use of empathy in clinical work, using concepts from Self Psychology and an emphasis on clinical application. Participants will be provided with introductory material and asked to read it beforehand. They’re also invited to consider case material to bring to class. There will be an opportunity for participants to share their own work in light of the group’s reading and discussion. 


COURSE OBJECTIVES


1. To explain the language and elemental concepts of Self Psychology, including empathy, selfobject, transmuting internalization, mirroring, idealizing, twinship  transferences, etc. 


2. To integrate and utilize these concepts to think about the relationships we have with our patients and in understanding human behavior.


3. To discuss these concepts’ impact on our work with our patients.

 

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IDEO Workshop: Empathy, Insights & Innovation

IDEO Workshop: Empathy, Insights & Innovation | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it


Jason Wilkins (Senior Design Lead, IDEO)
Alyson Yamada (Principal Designer and Project Lead, IDEO)
Farzad Azimpour, MD (Clinical Director of Health, IDEO)

Date: Thursday, February 8
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Conference Track: MD&M: New Technologies & Next-Gen Design

In this 2 hour morning session, IDEO will share how their design process uses a variety of research and empathy building tools to derive rich insights and observations - which in turn are the focal point of product innovation. IDEO will share some of the many different methods we use to learn and be inspired, as well as discuss what tools work best in different contexts. The session will be very hands-on, with participants discussing IDEO case study examples as well as actively observing each other during a collaborative design challenge. Come ready to dive into the IDEO design process!

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Daily Self-Empathy Practice: Audio

Daily Self-Empathy Practice: Audio | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Want to expand your needs vocabulary, and build your capacity to identify needs — even when you’ve been triggered? Check out Mary’s powerful teaching on Self-Empathy.

 
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CTV Winnipeg | Empathy Toy

CTV Winnipeg | Empathy Toy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
CTV Winnipeg - CTV Morning Live - Community Connection looks at special people in our community who help and volunteer with the people around them
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(Teaching Empathy) Tips to Bringing Up Empathetic Kids

(Teaching Empathy) Tips to Bringing Up Empathetic Kids | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Developing Empathy
1. Teaching Children Emotional Literacy 

Before a child can put himself into someone’s shoes, he must first develop the ability to read non-verbal cues in facial expressions, gestures and voice tones. Beefing up his emotional vocabulary during this process is key. Hence, help your child to understand feelings whenever you can. Put aside your digital device and tune in your child.

 

Ask your child how he feel about his day, an incident or someone whom they have just come in contact. e.g. “How do you think Grandma is feeling right now when we are going to leave?” Always look face to face when communicating with your child. To get your child’s eye contact, try Dr Borba’s suggestion, “Get your child to always look at the colour of the talker’s eyes”. It is very useful and I have seen my eldest child responding well to the idea. 

2. Developing a Moral Identity

3. Instilling Perspective Taking

4. Reading to Cultivate Empathy

5. Managing Strong Emotions and Mastering Self-Regulation -  

6. Practice Kindness

7. Cultivating Empathy Through Teamwork and Collaboration
8. Promoting Moral Courage
9. Being A Changemaker 

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) A Journey Through Complaints Using Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) A Journey Through Complaints Using Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Training packages and descriptions
C&C Empathy Training have put together the ideal combination of sessions and training days to give your staff the best learning outcomes.

Have a look at popular courses run both in house at your organisation, or at regional days. All courses can be adapted to suit different groups and Carolyn is very happy to work with your organisation to tailor make the course to tie in with specific mission statements, visions and objectives.

Carolyn is also an established, thought provoking keynote speaker and talks on many subjects surrounding authentic but reasoned empathy and emotional development, patient care and protecting staff mental health.

 

  • A Journey Through Complaints Using Empathy
  • Using Empathy and Emotional Development Conference Subjects
  • A Journey Through Care Homes Using Empathy
  • A Journey in Leadership Using Empathy

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy to Adults

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Three Methods:
  • Modeling Empathy
  • Role-Playing
  • Making Connections



Empathy is one of the most important social skills humans can have. Understanding and showing concern for others builds bridges, resolves conflicts, and deepens interpersonal relationships, but how do you teach empathy to others, mainly adults?

 

Empathy can be taught to adults by modeling and role-playing active listening skills as well as taking time to mindfully engage with the surrounding world.

 

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Why we should all stop saying “I know exactly how you feel” |

Why we should all stop saying “I know exactly how you feel” | | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
You don’t. And you’re also steering the focus away from someone who probably just wants to be heard. Here’s how to be a more considerate conversation partner, says radio host and writer Celeste Headlee.


A good friend of mine lost her dad some years back. I found her sitting alone outside our workplace, just staring at the horizon. She was absolutely distraught, and I didn’t know what to say to her. It’s so easy to say the wrong thing to someone who is grieving and vulnerable.

So I started talking about how I grew up without a father. I told her my dad had drowned in a submarine when I was only nine months old and I’d always mourned his loss, even though I’d never known him. I wanted her to realize that she wasn’t alone, that I’d been through something similar and I could understand how she felt.

But after I related this story, my friend snapped, “Okay, Celeste, you win. You never had a dad and I at least got to spend 30 years with mine. You had it worse. I guess I shouldn’t be so upset that my dad just died.”

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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy in Education) Empathy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care?

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy in Education) Empathy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
November 11, 2015


The benefits of empathy in education include building positive classroom culture, strengthening community, and preparing students to be leaders in their own communities.

3 Benefits of Empathy in Education

1. Empathy builds positive classroom culture.
With the diversity of students entering classrooms each day, paralleled by an increase in globalization, it's more necessary than ever for teachers to actively construct a positive classroom culture. ...

2. Empathy strengthens community.
Given that the definition of empathy involves understanding another's feelings without having experience, empathy sets students up to deepen relationships with their current classmates and people that they know outside of school...

3. Empathy prepares your students to be leaders in their community.
Leaders must understand the people that they lead and be able to show that they care. Leadership articles emphasize human development as an essential leadership quality...

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Mindful Listening:  "Using empathy to listen instead of offering advice"

Mindful Listening:  "Using empathy to listen instead of offering advice" | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Psychologist Marshall B. Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication, recasts mindful listening as “receiving empathically.” Receiving empathically requires us to really hear what others are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting. He defines empathy as “emptying our mind and listening with our whole being.”

 

Emptying our minds to fully be present with someone else while they are sharing with us can be even harder than it sounds. Rosenberg admits that “the presence that empathy requires is not easy to maintain.” Instead of maintaining presence our mind tends to wander, we offer advice, or explain our own perceptions of the matter at hand.

 

Listening mindfully, or receiving with empathy, requires we give others the space to share without interrupting, advising, or correcting them.

 

 
Elizabeth Dorrance Hall Ph.D.
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(Teaching Empathy) Teaching Empathy is an Important Part of Raising Good Kids

(Teaching Empathy) Teaching Empathy is an Important Part of Raising Good Kids | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

But how do we translate this so it’s easy for kids to understand and model? Especially younger children, who lack the cognitive skills to really understand the concept of empathy? There are definitely some age-appropriate things we, as parents, can do.

 

Help your kids label their feelings.

Kids have the same emotions as we do, and often on a much grander scale. Kids can run the gamut of emotions in a five-minute span. And they often can’t full express the “feeling” they’re feeling. So help them by giving those feelings a name. Sadness, fear, excitement, loneliness – when your kids are experiencing an emotion, try to help them label it, and figure out why they’re feeling the way they are.


Encourage your kids to talk about their feelings! 

As adults, we do this on a fairly regular basis (at least, we should). And I know firsthand that when a kid loses their mind and goes into a fit of rage or anger or despair, your first instinct is to get through the storm and forget it after it’s over. ...

 

 Honestly, teach good old fashioned politeness...

They’re never too young for charity...

 

Teaching empathy isn’t something you’ll be able to do in a day, or a weekend, or even a month. It’s about helping your child to understand their feelings, helping them development a connection to the world around them, and just teaching them (everyday!) to be kind, caring little humans.

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(Teaching Empathy) Empathy Building with Narrative 4

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 The gift of empathy
The stories shared the challenges and blessings of learning from others. They showed us ways of looking into the face of another and seeing their dignity. One participant voiced the hope of being able to see the likeness of God in the other.

 

Another made clear she did not wish to be treated as a token but to be received simply as a Minnesotan. Several emphasized that no one emigrates from a beloved home country unless desperate for a taste of peace and well-being that can only be found elsewhere.


This empathy-building exercise opened a space for vulnerability and presence. The conversations were a gift.

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(Teaching Empathy) The Empathy Business

(Teaching Empathy) The Empathy Business | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Our  Process
We’ve refined our process over the last six years to deliver the most impact to our clients in the shortest time. The output will be an increase in performance and loyalty both amongst staff and customers. The output of our 12 or 20 week programme will be a diagnostic of your empathy strengths and deficit, identification of where the empathy deficit is and a series of sustainable ‘nudges’ to bring more empathy into your business. We ‘institutionalise’ empathy so you can sustain empathy post the programme. We helped set up the first ever empathy unit in a Fortune 500 company.

Our process looks at your company’s empathy levels across both your customers and employees.

 

Planning Phase - 3 weeks
We collect metrics which determine your organization’s empathy deficit using our diagnostic tools.

Executive interviews - 2 weeks 
We run facilitated interviews to identify the behaviours that are being modelled across your organization.

Empathy measurement tool -2 weeks.
We correlate performance and attrition data and give teams and individuals an empathy quotient.

Empathy in Residence -2 weeks
We experience empathy levels through observation in your offices and style of meetings which strongly correlate to empathy levels.
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EmpathyLab announce Read for Empathy book collection 

EmpathyLab announce Read for Empathy book collection  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Inspired by scientific evidence showing that reading can boost real-life empathy skills, EmpathyLab are harnessing the power of stories with a powerful new book collection designed to build children’s empathy.

We’ve partnered with the EmpathyLab team to release a collection of 30 empathy-building books, specially selected to strengthen children’s ability to understand other people’s feeling and perspectives. The pack is available for teachers, librarians and parents from today in the run up to Empathy Day on 12 June 2018, and is accompanied by a downloadable Read for Empathy guide containing top tips on using the empathy collection with your pupils. 
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Healthy Empathy: How to Give Without Giving It All Away Weekend of August 17-19 - Karla McLaren

Healthy Empathy: How to Give Without Giving It All Away Weekend of August 17-19 - Karla McLaren | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Multiple studies confirm that health and healing professionals who demonstrate empathy provide better care and achieve greater patient/client satisfaction. However, empathic burnout and compassion fatigue are a constant presence in the working lives of health professionals and anyone who provides caregiving. In addition to the many other challenges, they must make sure that their empathy is intentional, self-enriching, sustainable, and most of all, healthy.

 

Join empathy experts Karla McLaren and Tino Plank for an exploration of Karla’s Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model in a weekend retreat for health and healing professionals.

 

Participants will be taught how to monitor and skillfully manage their empathy in challenging situations and in the presence of intense emotions. They will also be shown specific practices as well as communication and self-care skills to nurture their healthy empathy at work, at home, and in all of their relationships — so that they can maintain their well-being and productivity throughout their lives.

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1:1 Empathy, Conflict Transformation, and Couples Mediation | Seed of Peace

1:1 Empathy, Conflict Transformation, and Couples Mediation | Seed of Peace | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

1:1 Empathy Sessions
Are you feeling overwhelmed or stuck in your life? Do you need support to move forward?

Shantigarbha and Gesine separately offer
1:1 Empathy Sessions, based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The emphasis is on understanding and clarity, which brings empowerment. NVC is not a therapy, though there may be therapeutic benefits, including healing.

Format: 1:1 Empathy Sessions can be arranged as in person meetings in Bristol, UK, or as online calls.

Fee: To support your growth, we recommend a series of three 1-hour sessions. For the series of three sessions we ask for £120.00. For a single session, we ask for £45.00.

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Communication Dojo - 4-week Series: "The Gift of Empathy - How to give it, How to ask for it"

Communication Dojo - 4-week Series: "The Gift of Empathy - How to give it, How to ask for it" | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

This is a 4-week committed series. Class times/dates: 7pm to 9pm on Feb 6th, 13th, 20th, 23rd

The Gift of Empathy - How to Give It, How to Ask for It

Have you had the experience of someone really listening to you and giving you a sense that they understand not just what you're saying, but what you're going through? This kind of listening is still quite rare, although more and more people are starting to realize how valuable it is. It's a vital element of truly effective, enjoyable and connected communication.

 

Listening with empathy is a skill you can learn and develop, and that will be the focus of this series. We'll also spend some time on how you can improve the quality of connection with someone who does not know how to listen with empathy.

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Empathy: The soft skill that gets hard results

Empathy: The soft skill that gets hard results | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy has long been embedded in counselling practice and as such not always been given the credit as the powerful attribute it should. Along with the battle to get mental health taken seriously, despite overwhelming evidence, both for individuals psychological well-being, but the economic workforce of having people off ill when it all gets too much, empathy gets put on the back burner too. Yet, this ‘soft skill’ of empathy gets hard results.

Within medical settings, empathy positively impacts on patient satisfaction (meaning less complaints), better patient recall of medical information and less repeat visits to the GP, helping both the financial as well as the emotional aspect of care in the health system. It doesn’t stop there either, teachers see pupils with higher motivation and effort when empathy is used. 

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Compassion Cultivation Training

Compassion Cultivation Training | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
What is CCT?
Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is a professional development program designed at Stanford University. The program includes practical tools and exercises designed to enhance your awareness, compassion and resilience.

Why is it Important in the context of an organization?
CCT will help you relate more positively to others and engage more successfully with clients, staff and coworkers, to improve employee retention and overall workplace performance. 

Research shows it is possible to learn compassion and leadership skills – these are not just traits you’re born with, or without. High performing leaders and work environments are compassionate. And training helps! (Read more here) 
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