Empathy is one of the most widely-discussed skills in the modern workplace, but exactly what is it? What is the difference between empathy and sympathy? What is too much empathy? How can we get in touch with our own innate empathic abilities and become more effective professionals?In this experiential workshop, we will explore and develop our understanding of empathic listening and response based on the teachings of Dr. Carl Rogers, widely regarded as the most influential American psychologist of the twentieth century.
6.5 contact hours are available for NYS Licensed Social Workers
In this experiential workshop participants will
- Understand and recognize concept of empathy from a Person-Centered theory and practice perspective.
- Distinguish sympathy from empathy – the former being more about ‘us’, the latter about our clients’ lives and experiences.
- Distinguish between “optimal empathic attunement” and giving too much of yourself
- Incorporate empathy into professional practice, learning how to manage conflict and affect client-driven growth.