The Building Blocks of Integrative Empathy

5 Skills and Their Underlying Theory

There is a lot of interest in empathy, both in science and the public domain.  The result is many definitions and approaches to empathy. While this is good, we face the risk of not seeing the wood for the trees. Details are important for our understanding. Yet they can obscure the gestalt of empathy. We, therefore, define five distinct, but connected, empathy skills with resulting behaviours:

  • Bring your undivided attention with self-empathy
  • Create and maintaining connection with kinesthetic empathy
  • Foster mutual understanding with reflective empathy
  • Diversify perspectives with imaginative empathy
  • Ensure actionable outcomes with empathic creativity

This short course presents the theoretical basis of these five building blocks of Integrative Empathy. With this, it provides you with important details to support your empathy practice. It also guides you to understand which empathy approach is most useful for your purpose.

Course Characteristics

  • Date: 1 September 2021
  • Duration: 5 weeks 
  • Format: 2 hours/week online self-paced learning + 2 hour Zoom meeting at the end of the self-paced course
  • Price: Euro 95

Course Content

Each weekly module focuses on a new topic with  reading materials, videos, quizzes and suggested further reading. This allows for a flexible but structured approach to learning.

  • 1: Self-empathy and setting intentions
  • 2: Kinesthetic empathy
  • 3: Reflective empathy
  • 4: Imaginative empathy
  • 5: Empathic creativity

Target Audience

  • Health practitioners
  • Coaches and mentors
  • Facilitators
  • Business leaders and managers
  • Parents
  • Educators
  • Anyone interested in empathy, communication and interpersonal interaction.

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This course offers five weeks of self-paced online learning and 2 contact hours with your facilitator(s).  They will answer questions and explore applications.

Starting dates: 3 times a year

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