Empathy Fatigue Is Contagious
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Empathy Fatigue Is Contagious

It is what happens when someone cares too much about too many, when they give and give more and become emotionally depleted. It occurs in health care professions and in education. Empathy fatigue can mean that we care so deeply for other people that we have no capacity to care for ourselves. It also occurs when our relations for others are met by disappointment, followed by second and third chances and more disappointment even though we continue to care deeply. We respond by hardening ourselves, shielding our emotions, and withdrawing. It is possible to care too much. And when one person has empathy fatigue, it is likely to spread, like a virus, and more and more people will be affected. In this session, we will analyze the causes of empathy fatigue and explore what school leaders can do to minimize it and to help teachers be comfortable and energized.



 About Dr Thomas Hoerr

Thomas HoerrDr. Tom Hoerr led schools for 37 years and is currently a Scholar In Residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he teaches in the educational leadership program. He led the ISACS New Heads Network, founded and directed the Non-Profit Management Program at Washington University, and holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Hoerr has received honorary doctorates from two universities and is the Emeritus Head of School of the New City School.

Hoerr's newest book is Taking Social Emotional Learning Schoolwide: The Formative Five Success Skills for Students and Staff. He shows how school culture can be a tool to prepare students to succeed in life. His previous book, The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs, set out the success skills that students need. Hoerr wrote four other books: Fostering Grit; The Art of School Leadership; Becoming a Multiple Intelligences School; and School Leadership for the Future and has written more than 150 articles. His "Principal Connection" column was published in Educational Leadership 2004-2018. Hoerr has presented at conferences around the world on grit, leadership, multiple intelligences, faculty collegiality, instructional leadership, and the Formative Five. He is working on a new book, The Principal As CEO: Chief Empathy Officer.



Registration Details

Topic: Empathy Fatigue Is Contagious

Date: 9 April 2021 Friday
Time: 8.30am – 11.30am S'pore Time GMT+8
Mode of delivery: via Zoom

Closing date: 19 February 2021

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Webinar Fee: S$40.00 per participant. If 5 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same webinar, the discounted fee will be S$30.00 per participant for that particular webinar. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials.

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Other Workshop(s) by Dr Thomas Hoerr

The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs

Multiple Intelligences