1. What is your name, background and interest with training empathy?
I have been teaching and exploring the multiple benefits of empathy for over 35 years. I wrote The Power of Empathy in 2000, just released the sequel called, The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience.
2. What are your ideas for forming an International Empathy Trainers Association?
I would hope that as a group we can provide methods of teaching and expanding the use of empathy to improve relationship health and markedly reduce prejudice in the world.
3. What sort of support do you need from IETA?
I hope it is not too much to ask but if members could review my new book and let your colleagues and friends know of its content it would be very helpful. I have spent the last 35 years expanding my knowledge of how to help individuals know how to expand their empathic range, as I truly believe empathy is the key to a successful personal and professional life and is critical for peaceful relations between countries.
My latest book contains my years of study of the powerful effects of empathic relating. I would be honored if the group would consider reading the book as I do believe the work suggested in the end of each chapter can markedly reduce stress and expand empathic connections.
4. How would you like to contribute of building the Association?
I am in full time private practice so I am on the hour during the day but I would certainly be willing to help in any way I can to offer my experience with empathy , particularly how empathy can be taught in group settings.
5. What questions do you have for others on the list?
I am curious as to members interests in empathy and the various backgrounds people come from and how they utilize empathy in their daily lives.
6. Will you be able to attend some planning and design meetings?
What dates and times are good for you?
I am with patients from morning until 8:30pmET during the week so later in the evening if possible depending on when you meet.
7. Any links you'd like to share.
Your Website: http://www.balanceyoursuccess.com
LinkedIn page: https://www.facebook.com/drarthurc
8. Other Comments?
I thank you all for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful group, I am hoping we can make a difference in our current world that is do divided and troubled by narrow, dogmatic thinking and behavior.