Youth Empathic Intervision Program (YEIP) Training for Parents and Teachers

Apply Empathic Intervision with Children and Teens

When parents and teachers get time and space to appreciate the uniqueness of the children in their care, they can embrace diversity and guide them to self-knowledge, mutual appreciation, creativity and understanding.

This training guides you to become an Empathic Intervision facilitator working with youth. You will be able to establish an Empathic Intervision habit in your classroom, with your own children or other children in your care. You will be able to guide youth to use empathy with each other and with you.

In Empathic Intervision youth come together to explore situations, questions and problems with an intent to learn from each other, bond together and develop patience and appreciation with peers, parents and friends.

Empathy is a competency. Playful training and practice can improve our empathic muscles. To train empathy, we developed the Youth Empathic Intervision Program (YEIP). In order to teach empathy to children and youngsters, one needs to distinguish the different aspects involved. We train five distinct but interconnected aspects of empathy with five behavioural consequences:

  • Self-empathy and intention setting
  • Kinesthetic empathy and connecting with others
  • Reflective empathy and mutual understanding
  • Imaginative empathy and diversifying perspectives
  • Empathic creativity and actionable outcomes

What you will learn

This course covers an understanding of, and practical skills to facilitate empathy with children and teens and how to guide them to apply these skills with others and in a group. It helps you to develop ways to hold a space conducive for children and teens to interact constructively with each other.

Skills you will come away with

You will come away with your own empathic skills as well as practical knowledge on how to facilitate empathy in children and teens. These skills are specific to the five distinct and interconnected empathic aspects listed above.

General skills

To take part in the process without being part of it, maintaining a view of the outcome and guiding the process but refraining from directing it.

Skills specific to the phases of Empathic Intervision

  • In Self-empathy you learn to be comfortable with the expression of emotions while maintaining neutral emotionality yourself.
  • In Kinesthetic empathy you learn observation skills, how to communicate emotions with bodily expressions and how to create group cohesion using physicality rather than thought.
  • In Reflective empathy you learn skills of empathic listening, how to help children and teens to express themselves and to create a container for self-expression of everyone  in a classroom or another type of group.
  • In Imaginative empathy you learn skills to understand, acknowledge the value of and encourage diversity. This includes skills to suspend judgment and encourage children and teens to free themselves from their own projections, values, norms and opinions.

Join our next scheduled course

The course takes place over six weeks with small groups of 6 to 14 people.

Six modules, each with three components: Preparation; Online session and Reflection are studied and practiced, one module each week.

To successfully complete the course you will need to attend each session and spend self-study time in preparation before and reflection after the sessions.

The next course for children ages four to twelve starts Tuesday 19 May 2020. The Online sessions will be held on Zoom weekly from 16h00 to 18h00 (Central European Time).

The next course for teens ages thirteen to sixteen starts Saturday 19 September. The Online sessions will be held on Zoom weekly from 11h00 to 13h00 (Central European Time).

Cost: €375

Email us on info@empathicintervision.com to secure a place or to enquire more about the course.

Who are your facilitators

Lidewij Niezink and Katherine Train, the co-founders of Empathic Intervision, will be your teachers and facilitators.  

Dr Lidewij Niezink is an independent empathy scholar and practitioner, co-founder of Empathic Intervision, and Applied Psychology teacher, holding a PhD from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. She develops evidence-based interventions and education for diverse organisations and writes and speaks on empathy for scientific, professional and lay publics.

Dr Katherine Train is an independent empathy scholar and practitioner, co-founder of Empathic Intervision and Empathy Facilitator at Design Thinkers Academy, South Africa. She holds a PhD from UCT, Graduate School of Business. She researches, develops and presents training on empathy, wellbeing and professional development and writes on these topics for scientific, professional and lay readers.