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1.5 HOURS OF SOCIAL WORK CONTINUING EDUCATION
In the helping professions, we inevitably end up serving individuals who strain or shatter our ability to empathize. From the ICU to the therapy couch, so-called "compassion fatigue" is an epidemic that worsens burnout and sabotages the treatment process. Worse, this process creates more and more stereotypically jaded and heartless social workers incapable of ethical treatment. In order to practice treatment ethically, it is essential to work on empathy and compassion as active skills rather than seeing them as static qualities. Join Cory Coppersmith, LCSW, for this 1.5 hour training on cultivating Empathy and Compassion, which are measurable skills proven to increase prosocial/positive emotions and reduce stress and frustration.
- A practical definition of empathy and compassion, and a discussion on their benefits for reducing stress and improving relationships.
- Diverse cross-cultural perspectives on empathy and compassion, and methods on cultivating them both at work and in private life.
- A discussion on the role of empathy and compassion in relation to the NASW core values.