learn skills in active empathy through Role-Play and modeling
Learn Skills in Active Empathy. In this third component of ETT™training, participants learn and practice active empathy, via a series of increasingly complicated role-plays in small groups. Active empathy is an essential skill underlying the ability to take another person's perspective and better communicate with them. During this component of training, participants:
Through this progression of empathy training, other people's stories become so deeply internalized that the participants can see things from the point of view of many characters which makes it very difficult to stereotype people who are different than you.
Listen below to one ETT™participant discuss how the training helped to avoid stereotyping.
About the Video. This video is an example of mental health providers who are 'living inside the shoes' of parents raising children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Note: the video is best viewed in small rather than large screen. To see another example of two parents practicing active empathy, click here.
In the video (l to r): Marjorie Heyman (before/after), Clay Watkins (not seen), Drs. Kimberly Hoagwood, Jim Rodriguez, Serene Olin, Peter Jensen.
Summary of skills practiced in video:
Practicing and Observing Active Empathy:
. . . Living in the lives of many different characters
. . . Experiencing their wants/needs
. . . Internalizing the personal facts in each story
. . . Seeing things from the perspective of your character or another participant's character
. . . Learning to avoid stereotyping others based on a behavior or a symptom
Dealing with Conflict:
. . . All scripts, scenes, and characters based on conflict
. . . Feeling empowered through practice to handle conflict in your life