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WAFCA-CE Sept. 12, 2019 Empathy: Expanding Our Capacity for Compassionate Connection
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI 53072
United States

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Thursday, September 12, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

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Empathy: Expanding Our Capacity for Compassionate Connection

Empathy is the “secret sauce” that drives compassionate and healing connections between people. As a critical attribute underpinning emotional intelligence (EI), empathy enhances our effectiveness in a broad range of interpersonal interactions and contexts, both professional and personal. This “feeling with” capacity correlates strongly with professional efficacy and job satisfaction, reduced stress and burnout, positive relationships, emotional healing, and greater personal well-being.

We will examine:

  • The three primary variants of empathy.
  • The inherent healing power of empathic connections.
  • Practical methods for enhancing empathy.
  • The application of empathic interactions to specific interpersonal situations and challenges.
  • The positive feedback loop incorporating empathy, emotional intelligence and mindfulness.
  • Self-care strategies to avoid compassion fatigue, an unwelcome consequence of excessive empathy, particularly among highly sensitive persons (HSP).

The program format will include:

  • Brief didactic presentations on content, including case examples.
  • Short self-assessments measuring inherent empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • Interactive, skill-based learning exercises.
  • Small group discussions and learning activities.
  • Video clips illustrating concepts and their application.

 About the Presenter:

Philip Chard, LCSW

After 32 years as President and CEO, Philip recently retired from Empathia, Inc., a behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for over 400 organizations across North America. He remains a practicing psychotherapist who, for over 34 years, wrote an award-winning weekly column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled "Out of My Mind,” now published in the Shepherd Express. Philip is author of The Healing Earth, which won the Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature’s Ways. His next book, which is a compilation of his newspaper columns, is due out later this year.  Philip has been a guest expert on ABC’s 20/20, has presented at the Brookings Institution among many other venues, and has keynoted dozens of national conferences.  Also, he is a consultant to the Center for Healthy Minds, a world class neuroscience research program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that studies the constituents of well-being. Previously, he was Director of Behavioral Science Education at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, where he was an associate professor and received the Outstanding Faculty Award.

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