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Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW

Flourishing Empathy: Fostering Empathy that Leads to Compassion

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn the importance of introducing compassion early on into the lives of young people, and more importantly, the necessity of having compassion for yourself in a serving role for kids

  • Hear the myths and truths about empathy fatigue, and learn tools that you can use to cultivate a well of compassion and avoid burnout

  • Go beyond labeling emotions as "positive" or "negative" and explore emotion as a process that helps us do what we need to do next

About Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW

Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW, is the director of training at the Greater Good Science Center. She is contemplative social scientist and teacher in the fields of emotional awareness and burnout prevention. She draws on advanced training and life experiences in clinical social work, integrative medicine research, and contemplative meditation practices and science. Eve is a second generation emotion researcher and has had meaningful collaborations with her father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman. Their most recent project, The Atlas of Emotions, is an online visual tool to teach emotional awareness, a project commissioned and supported by the Dalai Lama. Eve is a founding teacher for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an evidenced based training committed to utilizing the experience of emotion as a path for developing the happiness of being for ourselves and in relationship to others.


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  1. Andrew October 21, 2019 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you. An extremely informative webinar dealing with empathy etc- should be available online for free as you succinctly shared some valuable insights. I’ve browsed the Atlas of Emotions and will be sharing with colleagues.

  2. Byron Thomas October 20, 2019 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you Eve. This offered several strategies for both my personal and professional practice. You were straight forward and I deeply appreciate your work and all your related projects. It seems potentially transformational. Finally, when I read that you were a second generation emotion researcher, I had never considered identifying myself as a second generation teacher, so thank you.

  3. Barbara October 20, 2019 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I appreciate your sharing specific strategies for fostering empathy. His Holiness the Dali Lama has spent time in Hawaii in the public schools. It made a positive impact. Even my special education students with significant autism and learning disabilities experienced calm and increased attention.

  4. Irene Kenison October 20, 2019 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this discussion of connection,intentional positivity, the danger of debilitating empathy by stress, anxiety, burnout, and the importance of self compassion.

  5. Valerie Kelly October 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Dear Eve! The Atlas of emotions is a go to in every classroom I have stepped into (>100). Children, educators, administrators, parents and community are stunned by the vocabulary which creates a conduit to name and tame (Dan Siegel) overwhelming emotional states.

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