BrainAbouts: About Empathy

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Family Coaching

DEFINITIONS & PLANNING

Definitions

Parent Coaching: Helping parents with parenting challenges by offering alternative perspectives about family situations, creating strategies to prevent youth high-risk behavior, and developing family dynamics that achieve balanced parenting goals.

Prevention Planning: Use this section to plan your prevention activities and prevention discussions regarding this topic.

TAKE A QUIZ

  • Empathy Quiz

    How empathic are you? Take this empathy quiz from the Greater Good Science Center. 

  • Empathy Quotient

    The Empathy Quotient (EQ) is a 60-item questionnaire designed to measure empathy in adults. The test was developed by Simon Baron-Cohen at ARC (the Autism Research Centre) at the University of Cambridge.

  • Self-Compassion Quiz

    Take the self-compassion scale by Kristin Neff, PhD to assess how you act toward yourself during difficult times. 

ACTIVITIES

activities

Links

RESOURCES

Videos

organizations

  • Roots of Empathy

    Roots of Empathy offers empathy-based programs in schools and childcare centers.

  • Charter for Compassion

    Promoting a compassionate way of life through action, education, and collaborative partnerships.

Links

Student Engagement

DEFINITIONS & PLANNING

Definitions

Student Engagement: Engaging students in the learning process to increase understanding and motivattion to practice higher-level critical thinking skills about high-risk behavior.

Prevention Planning: Use this section to find information, activities, discussion and fact handouts, as well as access to research about this topic.

TAKE A QUIZ

  • Empathy Quiz

    How empathic are you? Take this empathy quiz from the Greater Good Science Center. 

  • Empathy Quotient

    The Empathy Quotient (EQ) is a 60-item questionnaire designed to measure empathy in adults. The test was developed by Simon Baron-Cohen at ARC (the Autism Research Centre) at the University of Cambridge.

  • Self-Compassion Quiz

    Take the self-compassion scale by Kristin Neff, PhD to assess how you act toward yourself during difficult times. 

ACTIVITIES

activities

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    Cultivate Empathy Habits

    Build empathy skills by cultivating six empathy habits.

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    Become a Changemaker

    Learn about becoming an Ashoka Changemaker  and lead social initiatives to improve your school and community.

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    Host an Empathy Circle

    An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process based on mutual active listening. The process increases constructive dialogue and mutual understanding by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.

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    Sign the Charter for Compassion

    The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions,the Charter calls on us to activate the Golden Rule around the world.

Links

  • Self-Compassion for Teens

    Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities & Practices to Cultivate Kindness by Lee-Anne Gray (2016). 

  • Celebrate Golden Rule Day

    Take the pledge and celebrate Golden Rule Day on April 5th. 

  • Compassionate Games: Survival of the Kindest

    A community engagement experience that invites people around the world to inspire one another to reveal and promote acts of compassion that better our lives, our communities, and all life on Earth.

  • Compassion Rising: A Youth initiative

    We are calling on young people – our community builders, culture shapers, inspired innovators, and anyone else who wants to make a difference – to help us co-create a world that works for all.

RESOURCES

organizations

  • Charter for Compassion

    Promoting and cultivating the principle of compassion through action, education and community collaboration. 

  • The Dalai Lama Center

    The Center is a non-religious, non-political charitable organization for Peace and Education is inspired by the Dalai Lama’s vision for 21st 

Readings & Research

  • Changes in Empathy Over Time

    Konrath, S. H., O"Brien, e. H., and Hsing, C. (2011). Changes in Dispositional Empathy in American College Students Over time: A Meta-Analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15(2) 180-198.

Staff Topic Material

DEFINITIONS

Faculty Topic Material: Section dedicated to putting prevention topic material at faculty and school staff's fingertips. Material in these sections includes Universal (Tier I), Selective (Tier II), and Indicated (Tier III & IV) activity ideas, resources, and research relevant to a particular high-risk topic or skill.

Prevention Planning: Use the Faculty Topic Material section to help plan prevention activities for the whole school, faculty in-service, group counseling, and individual & family engagement.

ACTIVITIES

Activities

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    Cultivate Empathy Habits

    Use this handout to teach 6 habits to build to cultivate empathy with challenging discussion questions. 

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    Use the Kindness Curriculum

    Use the Kindness Curriculum to develop mindful, explore emotions, and cultivate kindness in the classroom. English and Spanish.

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    Use a SEE Learning Curriculum

    Free Social, Emotional and ethical learning curriculum for early elementary, late elementary, and middle school. 

Links

  • Video Lessons for SEL

    6 Minute SEL videos with 150 ready-made lessons that can be used as prompts during restorative circles, as warm-up activities for whole group or small groups, or as a think-pair-share activity.

  • Self-Compassion for Teens

    Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities & Practices to Cultivate Kindness by Lee-Anne Gray (2016). 

  • SEE Learning Resources

    Free SEL resources from SEE Learning in English and Spanish.

RESOURCES