Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Programs
March 19, 2015
Presented by Stephanie Roy, Special Projects Managing Coordinator and Amy Moritz, Youth Development Program Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pa.
Empathy can be defined as the ability to feel or imagine another person’s emotional experience. The ability to empathize is an important part of social and emotional development, affecting an individual’s behavior toward others and the quality of social relationships. Social psychologists believe that although children are born with a capacity for empathy, they can also learn to become more empathic. One component of empathy that is particularly critical as children become adolescents is perspective-taking – moving outside your own viewpoint to appreciate the views of others. This webinar will focus on practical and engaging activities and discussions you can have with your students to help develop empathy and perspective-taking and to cultivate an atmosphere characterized by kindness and respect.