The Science of Empathy, Empathic Reflection, and Empathic Regulation in Clinical Care


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Monday, 30 September 2019


Scientific studies of the clinical impact of empathy have mushroomed over the past decade. The neurosciences have been linking the brain to social behaviors. For many, empathic listening to the trauma stories of torture survivors is seen as being at the heart of therapy. This webinar presents a brief overview of the history and science of empathy. The discovery of the biological basis of empathy "the mirror neurons” will be discussed. A new model of empathic reflection for daily practice in the clinical setting called the Wheel of Empathy will be presented. Overcoming major barriers to achieving empathic therapist-patient/client clinical relationships will be addressed as well as understanding how too much or too little empathy may lead to "burn out". A self-care protocol will be offered. 


Staff of all disciplines are encouraged to attend. By the conclusion of the webinar, participants will…

  1. Have a greater understanding of key aspects of the science of empathy
  2. Have a greater understanding of the connection between empathy and "burnout "
  3. Be able to apply the new Wheel of Empathy to empathic reflection and regulation in the therapeutic relationship.

Resources and References



  • Levi, P. (1961) Survival in Auschwitz. New York, NY: Collier Books


The banner image is a derivative of J.M.'s original work "Communication" and is used under CC BY. The derivative was done by Sara Bracewell.



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