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Alison Fornes

Activating the Empathic Superpowers of educators and change-makers everywhere!

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About this Course

Introduction to the Empathic Seminar

6-Week Online Course
January 14 - February 18, 2017
Live calls every Saturday morning
10am - 11:30amEST

Course Outcomes:

  • Trust and affirm the authentic capacity of your empathic intelligence.
  • Learn to facilitate Empathic Seminar in your field of work.
  • Receive 6-weeks of live calls plus online office hours from Alison Fornés, originator of the Empathic Seminar (ES).
  • Connect with your classmates to establish an ES Community of Practice for facilitation practice and peer support.
  • Receive the Empathic Seminar Field Guide, a guidebook for facilitating your own ES groups.

Thought is not the only modality for processing information, nor is it the smartest – it’s just the loudest.

Intuition, emotions and empathy are rich sources of information, providing constant feedback about the systems we interact with. Yet, instead of learning from this constant flow of information, we focus on the trickle of information that comes from one narrow expression: thought. 

Our thoughts get all the attention, and it’s understandable. Teachers learn that “assessment drives instruction,” and since we assess learning through language, it makes sense that we pay attention to those words in our head.  But thought is not the only modality for processing information, nor is it the smartest – it’s just the loudest.

With the Empathic Seminar, you will discover how to use your natural capacity for empathy - defined as your ability to understand and share the experience of another - for a richer, more revealing and more satisfying modality for processing information.

The Gift of Your Empathic Intelligence

When you read a book, for example, you feel a range of emotional responses to the text. Your body responds physiologically. You experience images and memories. There is a whole ecosystem of information flowing through you with every bit of stimulation you receive. Awareness of this constant flow of information is the first step to a brand new experience of learning.

In an Empathic Seminar, it is this powerful capacity of your empathic intelligence that we access to generate new and surprising insights about any subject of study. You will be in awe of just how much information is available to you, and how quickly you are able to advance and deepen your understanding of the world around you.

There is a powerful “side effect” of this approach to learning. When empathy is central, compassion and understanding, and feelings of appreciation and love, flow naturally. You experience what other participants have called “paradigm-exploding,” “transformational,” and “revolutionary”.

This course is open to any facilitator or teacher who would like to advance their own empathic intelligence, and who wants the key to radically transform their group into an engaged, dynamic learning community. This course will focus on facilitating groups with older children through adults (12y/o+).

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