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.