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Transforming “othering” through empathy

Posted on Aug 8, 2018

Culturally different individuals may present behavior challenges that make it difficult to engage with them. How does one use empathy to transform the de-facto tendency to other and treat them differently.


By the end of this class, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the notion of “othering:” its origins, purpose, and traumatic effects;
  • Recognize and describe ways othering was at play in historical situations, both personally and systemically;
  • Understand the neurobiology of empathy and its capacity to counter and transform the habit of othering;
  • Describe each step of an empathy framework; and
  • Integrate the empathy framework into trauma-informed systems and practices.


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