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Empathic Listening: Based on Gregorio Billikopf's Listening First Aid: An Empathic Approach

Empathic Listening: Based on Gregorio Billikopf's Listening First Aid: An Empathic Approach | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The role of the listener or helper is to allow such an individual to open the lock gates. When he does, the water gushes out. During this venting process, there is still too much pressure for a person to consider other perspectives. Only when the water level has leveled off between the two compartments, does the water begin to flow evenly back and forth. The role of the listener is to help empty the large reservoirs of emotion, anger, stress, frustration and other negative feelings until the individual can see more clearly. Not until then, can a party consider the needs of the other. Perhaps we can think of it as listening first aid.

Based on Gregorio Billikopf's Listening First Aid: An Empathic Approach page at the University of California, this site aims to make the audio seminar more accessible to new listeners by offering it on YouTube, SoundCloud and direct download of the mp3 files.

Hosted by Thomas Ferris Nicolaisen with the permission of the author. See footer for more information.

 

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  •  Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5
  • Part 6
  • Part 7
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How To Teach Your Kids Empathy, According To A Neuroscientist

How To Teach Your Kids Empathy, According To A Neuroscientist | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The skills of empathy, creativity, and self-control are interconnected. Each skill bleeds over into the other skills, so building ability in one area will translate to greater ability in the other two.

 

We can use things we're already doing as parents in a different way to foster not only empathy but also the related skills of creativity and self-control. The most important thing you can do to grow compassionate kids is to intentionally focus on these skills daily in tiny ways.

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Advanced Empathy Skills for Complex Trauma: Most Important Aspects of Empathy in working with Trauma

Advanced Empathy Skills for Complex Trauma: Most Important Aspects of Empathy in working with Trauma | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathic responding and creating a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship is the primary task in any therapeutic approach and is particularly important in cultivating the alliance with trauma clients.

  • First, it provides clients a safe environment for reliving painful materials; a safe space counters beliefs that feelings and memories themselves are dangerous.
  • Second, this relationship quality can be a new interpersonal experience that helps client to correct the effects of early attachment injuries and empathic failures. (Paivio & Pascual-Leone, 2010)

 

 

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How to Use Active Listening with Children

How to Use Active Listening with Children | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Sometimes, parents think that they are listening but they may interject before their child has completed their thoughts in various ways. They may finish off a sentence for their child because they are in a hurry. They may reassure their child because they believe that is what the child needs to hear, “Everything will be ok.”

 

They may decide to provide solutions to a problem “Next time, try this.” They may start ask questions before the child is done finishing his or her thought. This moves the conversation down a completely different path.

Active listening is when the parent listens to the child with the intent to listen. So that means not jumping in right away. You want to make sure you completely understand what your child is telling you.

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Am I an Empath? | Patient Advice | US News

Am I an Empath? | Patient Advice | US News | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
It's very strong intuition," says Dr. Judith Orloff, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. Empaths enjoy many advantages. "You can have strong connections with people and love deeply," she says. "You value friendships and relationships.

 

You love nature. You can give to others, help others and make a contribution to the world. You really enjoy that. That's part of your spirit and your nature," according to Orloff, author of the "The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People," published in 2017.

[See: What Only Your Partner Knows About Your Health.]

Orloff, who is an empath herself, leads an online support community with more than 13,000 members. Several shared their perspectives on life as an empath with U.S. News. Excerpts from their written responses include:

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The Listening Circle: leading a transformational practice in your work and life Tickets

The Listening Circle: leading a transformational practice in your work and life Tickets | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
How are we listening to each other, the world, and ourselves?

How might this affect our action and relationships?

This 3-day training will teach you how to facilitate a listening circle practice at home, work, and within a community. A deep listening practice strengthens relationships and supports any individual or group working with transition and change.

The Listening Circle reveals the power of story to connect us to each other, our common humanity, and ourselves. It is this connection that is the foundation for resilience — our ability to move with the ups and downs of life and circumstances we cannot control.
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Empathy matters in early years webinar series

Empathy matters in early years webinar series | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

What will you get?

  1. We consider how we employ empathy in our daily interactions with your children at home and in our early year’s settings and schools. 
  2. We explore what empathy is and what it isn’t
    Discuss why empathy practices are important through the early years and beyond.
  3. Uncover some of the principles, skills and practices (inspired by Nonviolent Communication (NVC) the work of Dr Marshall Rosenberg) that support empathic mindsets to grow.
  4. Learn about the NVC model – 4 components and 3 modes of connection for communication.
  5. Practice applying NVC to situations we encounter with children (practising co-regulation, supporting cooperation, expressing appreciation and more!)

 

 

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The relationship between empathy and design - Shepley Bulfinch

The relationship between empathy and design - Shepley Bulfinch | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, in a project interview, I was asked a question by Rob, CEO of a large healthcare organization: “How can design improve empathy in our organization?”

The question has stayed with me, and continues to profoundly shape my work as a designer committed to health and wellness in the built environment. I reflect on the question often, imagining and exploring potential responses—which can and do vary greatly.

Ten years ago, I did my best to respond based on work I’d done with Planetree, and our team was fortunate to be awarded the project. In truth however, my reply that day and work on the project was just the beginning of my immersion into this significant topic.

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Four Strategies for Introducing Empathy in the Classroom

Four Strategies for Introducing Empathy in the Classroom | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Read About the World
In the classroom, reading has long been a powerful way to help students see situations from different perspectives. Read aloud sessions, such as “Those Shoes,” help students understand topics such as empathy, but teachers don’t always have to only turn to fictional stories for these lessons. News articles and other nonfiction about current events are also a great tool. They help create opportunities for students to understand what is going on in the world and for them to consider how they would feel in situations facing students in other places.

“We discuss nonfiction articles that are about the lives and circumstances of people from around the world,” says middle school Language Arts teacher Kayla Hanson. “Then we talk about how it would feel to go through what those in the article went through. We talk about things that could make their situation easier and how we would treat those people.”
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Communication and Improvisation: The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace

Communication and Improvisation: The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathic Workplace and Improv Therapy Group present
A full-day workshop, lecture and demonstration on
The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace.
Orrington Hotel, Evanston, IL

 

Attendees will gain valuable knowledge of the foundational principles that build an empathic workplace.

 

Attendees will hear engaging talks on topics related to empathy. The presentations are rooted in the expert knowledge born from decades of workplace interviews and investigations by Angela Nino, CFI (Certified Forensic Interviewer), President of Empathic Workplace. The materials and curriculum offer both general principles and implementation strategies.

 

The Empathic Workplace approach also embeds the techniques of improvisational training. The activities were developed by Lisa Bany, a veteran instructor at The Second City in Chicago and Founding Director at the Improv Therapy Group. The program we will present engages participants in interactive practice exercises that demonstrate the principles of empathy in a fun and unique manner.

 

  

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Learn Empathy in Just 5 Steps

Learn Empathy in Just 5 Steps | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Your relationship with others determines much of your happiness and success in life. How you get along with coworkers, bosses, family, friends, and romantic partners often depends on your social skills, and at the root of good social skills is one thing: empathy.

 

Empathy means the ability to understand and share the feelings and experiences of another. In other words, empathy is imagining yourself in someone else’s skin: feeling what they feel and seeing yourself and the world from their point of view. As the character Atticus Finch says in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

 

 

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Teaching Empathy

Given all of the benefits of cultivating children’s empathy, following Denmark’s example both at home and in schools could have a profound effect on children’s happiness and success.

 

During the “Klassens Time”, the students are encouraged to discuss challenges they are experiencing both in and outside of school. If no student has a problem to discuss, they simply come together as a group to relax and “hygge” or cozy together. If teachers observe any issues emerging among students, they also use the gathering as an opportunity to explore any problems together.

 

 

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I Feel for You - Empaths and empathy - BBC Sounds

I Feel for You - Empaths and empathy - BBC Sounds | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy is the psycho-political buzzword of the day. President Obama said - frequently - that America's empathy deficit was more important than the Federal deficit. Bill Clinton said "I feel your pain", and Hillary urged us all "to see the world through our neighbour’s eyes, to imagine what it is like to walk in their shoes".

 

Many people have taken up the idea of empathy with gusto, and the United Nations has poured money into virtual reality films that led us allegedly experience the world of, for example, a Syrian refugee. As we seem to be driving ourselves ever deeper into silos of mutual incomprehension, the idea of taking another person's perspective seems an obviously useful one

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Why Teaching Your Child Empathy Is Important

Why Teaching Your Child Empathy Is Important | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Here are some benefits of encouraging your children to be more empathetic beings:

 

  • 1) Positive mental health. People that have strong empathy towards others exhibit higher levels of overall happiness...
  •  2) Better relationships. In people of all ages, empathy is linked with the formation of strong and healthy relationships. ...
  • 3) Academic and career success. Students with high empathy for others also perform better in school....
  • 4) Discourages emotional problems. Children with empathy are unlikely to participate in bullying or risky behaviors, especially those at another person's expense.
  •  5) Strengthens connection to the world. Empathy .....encourages children to feel a stronger connection to others, especially those in need. ...
  • 6) Enhanced communication skills. Being able to communicate effectively with others is a requirement of succes..
  • 7) Encourages tolerance and acceptance. In today's world, kids are exposed to a lot through media and technology...
  • 8) Gratefulness. Empathy reminds us to be thankful for the important things in life, and that we are fortunate for the people and places we treasure...

 

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4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy

4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Here are some strategies our graduates around the world use with their students to help develop both affective and cognitive empathy.

  1. MODELING
    Teachers can be role models who, by example, show students the power of empathy in relationships...
  2. TEACHING POINT OF VIEW
    We use the numbers 6 and 9 to teach students about different points of view....
  3. USING LITERATURE TO TEACH DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
    In the classroom, literature can be used to help students see a situation from different perspectives..
  4. LISTENING ACTIVELY TO OTHERS
    One of the most common obstacles to empathic relationships is that effective listening is difficult, and often individuals don’t listen to one another in conversation...
  5. BEING METACOGNITIVE ABOUT ONE’S STATE OF EMPATHY
    Be aware of your feelings and thoughts about your ability to understand and share in the feelings of others..

 

 

 

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EFT Empathy Training Description

EFT Empathy Training Description | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

EFT Empathy Training Description:
Saturday to Sunday, Feb. 23-24, 2019– 9am to 4:30pm – up to 12 CE unit Hours available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LPCs, and Marriage and Family Therapists.​

Therapist empathy is an essential but complex aspect of the practice of counselling and psychotherapy and one of the best-evidenced and most consistent therapeutic change processes.

 

This two-day training on Advanced Empathic Attunement goes beyond content empathy and basic empathic understanding responses by offering a general framework for understanding the empathic process and mastering a wide range of empathic responses.

 

These responses underpin practice in Emotion(ally)-Focused and Person-Centered-Experiential psychotherapy and counseling and offer new possibilities for practice across a wide range of theoretical approaches, including CBT, Psychodynamic and Family/Systemic therapies.

 

 

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Harvard Psychiatrist Identifies 7 Skills to Help You Get Along With Anybody

Harvard Psychiatrist Identifies 7 Skills to Help You Get Along With Anybody | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to understand how another person feels. According to new Harvard research in The Empathy Effect, it's a trait that can be taught and developed. Build empathy and you'll be a more effective entrepreneur and leader.

Author Helen Riess is a Harvard psychiatrist who has developed empathy training based on her research in neurobiology. Although her studies are done on health care professionals, the empathy traits she's identified can be used to make stronger connections between you and your employees, customers or peers in any field.
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What Is An Empath? List Of Characteristics And Hidden Empathic Personality Traits

What Is An Empath? List Of Characteristics And Hidden Empathic Personality Traits | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Here is a professional definition of what an empath is, provided by Dr. Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist and writer and author of the book The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People:

"Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers."
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4 ways to teach empathy in the classroom

4 ways to teach empathy in the classroom | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy can be thought of as a "superpower" students as young as 3rd grade can learn and develop, writes Roberto Brandao of New Jersey's Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County

Here are some actionable ways educators can teach empathy in the classroom.

 

Teaching empathy through project-based learning
One way that schools can teach students empathy is engaging students in creative, interdisciplinary technology projects focused on building empathy. For example, at SSDS, our 3rd graders recently collaborated with change management and marketing guru Cynthia Phillips — founder and CEO of The Disruptive Factory, a social change consultancy — as testers and ambassadors for a new animated cartoon series and a transmedia campaign called “Verti.” This year-long project introduces students to fictional characters in the animated cartoon and will ultimately culminate in students building prototypes of a space station they think would benefit the characters, promoting empathy.        

 

Creating empathy maps

Research shows the best way for students to begin to understand empathy is by doing — which is why one of the best things educators can do is to promote active learning. 

 

Designing a curriculum that teaches active listening
Another way to promote empathy is through active listening, which is why I created Pocket Empathy, an exercise that teaches 3rd graders the skill of active listening. 

 

Integrating design thinking

Teaching kids about empathy starts with demonstrating what it means to maintain a positive mindset that’s reflected in the way they speak. 

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The Best Ways of Becoming a More Empathetic Teacher

The Best Ways of Becoming a More Empathetic Teacher | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Becoming a more empathetic teacher comes from a desire to educate children with genuine connection and understanding. Here are 6 ways you can do just that.

 

6 Ways of Becoming a More Empathetic Teacher

How can you foster this mindset in the classroom and succeed in becoming a more empathetic teacher? Below are just a few examples of ways you can introduce empathy into your classes.

 

  1. Model it. Your students are watching you, even when you think they are not. Portray an attitude of empathy in the classroom by showing compassion, positive regard, and understanding for all with whom you interact. Continue this behaviour in the halls, the cafeteria, and even with how you interact with other teachers.
  2. Try to communicate empathy. An empathetic teacher uses teachable moments in class to explain how one student or even a character in a story might be feeling during a certain situation. This will get your students thinking about things from the perspectives of others.
  3. Emphasize shared values and common interests. ..
  4. Offer a safe environment to discuss differences. ...

  5. Use self-disclosure. ...

  6. Create opportunities for collaboration
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Empathy & Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the... | GGSC

Empathy & Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the... | GGSC | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
One of the key insights from the science of happiness is that our own personal happiness depends heavily on our relationships with others. By tuning into the needs of other people, we actually enhance our own emotional well-being. The same is true within organizations: those that foster trusting, cooperative relationships are more likely to have a more satisfied, engaged—and more productive and innovative—workforce, with greater employee loyalty and retention.
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 Teaching Empathy in a Self-Centered, Self-Absorbed Culture

 Teaching Empathy in a Self-Centered, Self-Absorbed Culture | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Our guest says that today's students are smart and self-assured, but they are also the most self-centered, competitive, individualistic, sad and stressed on record. Her solution is teaching empathy, and in this episode, she offers a nine-point model teaching empathy in our schools.

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Communication and Improvisation: The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace

Communication and Improvisation: The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathic Workplace and Improv Therapy Group present
A full-day workshop, lecture and demonstration on
The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace.
Orrington Hotel, Evanston, IL

 

Attendees will gain valuable knowledge of the foundational principles that build an empathic workplace.

 

Attendees will hear engaging talks on topics related to empathy. The presentations are rooted in the expert knowledge born from decades of workplace interviews and investigations by Angela Nino, CFI (Certified Forensic Interviewer), President of Empathic Workplace. The materials and curriculum offer both general principles and implementation strategies.

 

The Empathic Workplace approach also embeds the techniques of improvisational training. The activities were developed by Lisa Bany, a veteran instructor at The Second City in Chicago and Founding Director at the Improv Therapy Group. The program we will present engages participants in interactive practice exercises that demonstrate the principles of empathy in a fun and unique manner.

 

  

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Med students learn empathy through improv 

Med students learn empathy through improv  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The second reason for simulated patients is to teach doctors to empathize and communicate with patients, Shannon said.

"If a health care provider is with a patient and they aren't in agreement, where can that relationship go?" she queried.

Drawing on her seven years of teaching theatre, she applies principals of improv to the exam room.

Improv puts a heavy emphasis on "yes, and."

"If we're in a scene together the only way we can elevate the scene and keep it going is by agreeing," Shannon said.

In theatre, that could look like following your scene partner's lead in a goofy improv exercise. In the exam room, "yes, and" involves listening to the patient and building and showing empathy with them. Empathy can be a gift, Shannon said.
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Learn Empathy in Just 5 Steps

Learn Empathy in Just 5 Steps | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy–developed by regularly listening to another person’s thoughts and feelings–helps to build both closeness and respect. To know if you’re practicing empathy when talking to someone, keep this empathy checklist in mind:

Focus your attention on them when they’re talking. Don’t fidget or check your phone or gaze out the window.


Indicate that you’re listening by looking them in the eyes when they speak, nodding when you understand, and touching their hand or using another gesture to indicate your connection.


Show your respect by hearing them out without sarcasm or rejection. If you feel yourself getting angry or annoyed, ask to take a break. Get a glass of water and drink it slowly to give yourself time to mindfully re-center yourself.


Repeat what they say in your own words to make sure you’re hearing them correctly or ask questions if you’re not clear about their meaning.


Validate their emotions. Even if you don’t agree with an opinion, you can acknowledge the person’s right to their feelings.


When you act with empathy toward others, others will respond with empathy toward you. With the empathy exercise and the empathy checklist, you’ve got everything you need to learn and practice this crucial social skill.  

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