ON-LINE COURSE: EMPATHY FOR TEACHERS
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CENDICAS(Centro de Desarrollo Integraly Capacitación Social)has been training personnel in empathic counseling and outreach intervention strategies since 1986.
About Your Organization
Country where this project is creating social impact
Mexico, Mexico City
Is your organization a
Non‐profit / NGO / Citizen sector organization
Your role in Education
Administrator, Counselor, Teacher, Other.
The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with
How long has your organization been operating?
More than 5 years
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Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)
How long has your solution been in operation?
Operating for more than 5 years
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
Unfortunately, change leads to resistance. To educate is to change, but fear makes us cling on to old ways, familiar response patterns and traditional belief systems.Teachers must first be taught to develop empathy to prepare them for students who are becoming more and more disenchanted with learning, with righteousness, with life itself, as they look forward only to their immediate self-satisfaction. This self-centeredness seems to respond to the growing fear of uncertainty that is making students draw away from families, from teachers, from self and others.
Teachers must be skilled en empathic understanding to draw closer to students and model of empathy.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
This project wants to make teachers ‘care’ enough, to walk that ‘extra mile’ and reach out to touch the ‘otherness’ of students that are caving into this existential nihilism. It focuses on activating empathy, first in teachers. Teachers in self-development are more likely to be empathic with students, setting an example for them, in turn to develop empathy. The end result will transform schools with understanding and acceptance, better preparing students for a conflicting world.The on-line course, and book on the theory and practice of empathy applied to building values, will offer teachers skills to empower not only themselves, but their students with the self-analytical process of acceptance and empathy. The project includes writing a book for support, with a practice workbook. A web page will have notes, readings, discussions and practical lesson-plans for support in designing and remodelling academic curricula to include empathy in lesson plans.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
In order for empathy to really change education, the development of academic curricula requires strategic planning from a holistic perspective to integrate all dimensions of consciousness, simultaneously.
This course is based on a model that outlines human thought, representing its multilayered complexity, as the planes and angles of a cube. Their interrelationship describes de multivariate factors involved in empathy.
There are many ways to analyze facts. Integrating them all into one converging ‘understanding’, requires consciousness. This schematic description allows for clearer differentiation of the thought-process involved. The proposal suggests that empathy should not only follow horizontal or causal reactive processing, but should include transversal awareness of physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual experience. CONSCIOUSNESS will enhance students’ self-development, expanding their awareness of others, through empathy to spiral into caring and sharing. The modules of the course, to be included in a textbook, follow the developmental bio-psycho-social processes, introducing empathy in stages along scholastic grades: 1st grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade and eighth grade. These eights stages of development tier awareness along physical, sentimental, intuitive, rational, emotional, logical, abstract and transcendental maturation. All of these are then integrated into a unifying model for Freshman, Sophmore, Junior and Senior years.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
This is a proposal to develop educational material on empathy to train teachers to build the necessary skills, themselves. It presupposes that in order to teach empathy in schools, teachers must first have developed personal insight and self-acceptance. The proposal includes writing a book, workbook, making videos and opening a course online. A web page will integrate it all with additional material for teaching. Sharing experiences will create a network to support educators incorporate empathy in all their lessons.
The need for teacher training, and the imperative need for empathy, opens a regional marketplace, throughgout Ameerica, thata can easily access courses through internet.
There is actually not much competition.
Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Sustaing evidence has been published and presented in interational fora, describing outreach, empathy and 'caring'for behavioral change.
Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Self-development and re-experience makes a teacher, an educator, enhancing empathy in repairing dysfunctional emotions and thoughts.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
A National Counseling program was been established in Mexico (against AIDS),and is still ongoing.
A University SOS prevention network for adolescents was established in 1994 and is still on-going, with multilayered outreach strategies (individual counseling, hotline, group intervention, community projects, teacher training, and counseling on radio and TV.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
In six months the course could be online- with an accompanying textbook.
Once up, the course can be given every six-months and be self-sustaining.
Its outreach can be international, governmental and non-governmental.
With shared experiences during the first year, a workbook will be made to compliment the textbook.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Not getting initial seed money.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Finish writing the textbook
Set up web-page
Give six month course on-line for teachers
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Market the course
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The importance of empathy was first made evident in our experience with HIV infected individuals with depression, to the point of wanting to commit suicide. Empathy made counseling possible, and developed a caring network of volunteers that even engaged those infected.
TELEVISA, an international media corporation with global impact on the masses, introduced counseling on a voluntary basis to develop self-risk assessment of STI´s and AIDS. The experience of being confronted with personal risk developed empathy that committed personnel with self-responsibility. Attitudes changed and people became involved involved withregional impact through mass media. Empathy, understanding and caring was spread by screenwriters, producers and actors, broadcasting personal testimonies, and free preventive messages with coverage from Spain to South America.
This experience proves that confronting the reality of AIDS , empowers commitment and preventive decision-making.
Tell us about your partnerships
Partnerships include schools, universities, radio and television
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
The project has only one full time coordinator and outsoursing for publishing, for digital design etc.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Training. Publications. Elaborating videos and talk shows or radio with live counseling