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Healthy Empathy

How to Give Without Giving it All Away

Karla McLaren, M.Ed and Tino Plank, MSN, RN

Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00am to 5:00pm
$105
(see the friends and family special below)
Nalanda Campus at Naropa University in Boulder

Continuing Education Credits are available (see below)

Healthy EmpathyEmpathy is possibly your most essential skill, yet many of us struggle with it simply because we were never taught how it works. You may also struggle with your empathy when it’s most crucial — when you’re in the presence of difference, trouble, or conflicting needs.

In our increasingly pluralistic world, you need strong empathy skills, yet you also need strong self-care skills to balance your empathy for others with empathy for yourself. You need to develop not just empathy, but Healthy Empathy that supports you as much as you support others.

Join empathy pioneers Karla McLaren, M.Ed. and Tino Plank, MSN, RN for an exploration of the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model, and learn simple practices to nurture your empathy safely and mindfully — at work, in your relationships, and within yourself.

Empathy is an essential skill in work and in life — and as it is with any skill, you need support to make sure your empathy works for you. You may experience empathic burnout if you don’t have the skills you need to maintain healthy and sustainable empathy.

In this day-long workshop, you’ll learn specific mindfulness practices, communication skills, and self-care skills to nurture healthy empathy at work, at home, and in all of your relationships.

The Art of EmpathyWith the support of Karla McLaren’s groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model, you’ll learn many ways to access your empathy in your work and life. You’ll also learn how to maintain your empathy in challenging situations and in the presence of intense emotions. This fully realized model makes all of the processes in empathy easily accessible and manageable.

This Healthy Empathy™ workshop is open to students, elders, youth, artists, counselors, healthcare professionals, highly empathic people, or people who are struggling with empathy.

Join Karla McLaren, M.Ed., author of The Art of Empathy, and Tino Plank, MSN, RN, who brings over three decades of clinical health leadership and process-improvement experience.

Together, Karla and Tino have developed focused mindfulness practices, communication skills, humane process-improvement approaches, and self-care skills to make your empathy and care-giving intentional, sustainable, and healthy.

In Healthy Empathy™, you’ll learn:

  • Strategies to help you create and sustain healthy empathy.
  • Emotional skills and awareness to help your empathy thrive in challenging situations.
  • Specific, step-by-step development of the Six Essential Aspects of Empathy.
  • Focused strategies to engage or disengage specific aspects of empathy, depending on your situation and requirements.
  • A clear understanding of emotion work and its effect on empathy, communication, productivity, and health.
  • Communication techniques to help make your empathy intentional, sustainable, and healthy.
  • Practical skills to cultivate and support an emotionally well-regulated workplace.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00am to 5:00pm
$105
Nalanda Campus at Naropa University in Boulder

This workshop is open to everyone: students, elders, youth, artists, counselors, healthcare professionals, highly empathic people, or people who are struggling with emotions or empathy. All are welcome, and 5.5 hours of CE Units are available to Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, MFTs, Chemical Dependency Counselors, and Educators (see below).

Special friends and family discount: If you register with a friend or family member, you’ll both receive a 10% discount on registration.


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Healthy Empathy Professionals

Karla McLaren, M.Ed.

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Photo by Michael Leras

Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC and the co-creator of the Healthy Empathy™ training program for health and healing professionals.

Karla also developed the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that makes all of the processes in empathy easily understandable, accessible, and attainable. This fully realized model teaches people how to access, develop, and manage their empathy intentionally.

Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013), The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (2010), and the multi-media online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (2012). She is also a Certified Human Resources Administrator and a Certified Career Testing and Guidance Facilitator. Her interests include occupational sociology, linguistic anthropology, neurodiversity, and disability rights.

Tino Plank, MA, MSN, RN

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Photo by Tia Gavin

Tino Plank has advanced degrees in nursing and multicultural spirituality, as well as an extensive background in program development and process improvement. His varied and dynamic experience helps him identify the empathy-work requirements in care environments, and develop sound practices to support healthy empathy for everyone.

Tino is a former nursing faculty member at the University of San Francisco where he was at the forefront of integrating healthcare innovation into practice.

Tino currently works as a nurse educator in end-of-life care, and previously as a hospice grief counselor. In those roles, he has witnessed both the beauty and the down-side of empathy: Empathy can empower caring interactions, yet if it isn’t healthy and intentional, it can contribute to professional burnout.

For over twenty years, Tino has worked with Karla McLaren to develop the Dynamic Emotional Integration® process. He has also been an instructor in classrooms and on-line environments for over ten years, and he is the co-creator of this Healthy Empathy training program for health and healing professionals.

Continuing Education Credits are available

This workshop is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, who offer 5.5 hours of CE credit to Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, MFTs, Chemical Dependency Counselors, and Educators for Healthy Empathy™.

The PDF below contains information on the CE granting organizations, workshop agenda, and learning objectives.

CEC Information for Healthy Empathy™

These 5.5 hours of CE credit are available through R Cassidy Seminars at an additional cost of $40 per participant. Click here to register for CEs with Cassidy.

Cancellation Policy

If you sign up yet cannot attend this workshop, and you notify us within 3 weeks of the workshop (by Saturday, October 1st), you will receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee per participant. After that date, no refunds will be given, though you will have the option of crediting a part of your registration fee to another workshop or offering of Emotion Dynamics LLC.

Nalanda Campus: 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80302

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