Empathy and Guerney’s Relationship Enhancement Method: Applications to the 21st Century – April 6, 2019

April 6, 2019 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Presenter: Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT and Spencer Seese, M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 3 CE credits

Bernard Guerney, Jr. did much of the early research on the effect of teaching people empathy.  In spite of his research and programs, empathy remained the province of therapists for many years. In the 21st century, that has changed. Empathy is now common parlance, the topic of a Disney movie, and the object of a substantial body of brain research. This workshop will begin with a review of research findings on empathy—from social sciences, psychology, and brain function studies.  It will then look at presentations of empathy within the Relationship Enhancement and Filial models as it has developed since the 1960s.

From this foundation, Mary Ortwein and her colleagues will look at innovations in use of empathy which have developed in the past twenty years. This will include videos in the popular culture, as well as cameo appearance videos of applications with various difficult populations. The workshop will conclude with overview, demonstration, and participant practice of use of empathy for self-healing (based on brain research and the work of Sarah Peyton.)

Workshop methods will include lecture, video, demonstration, discussion, and role play practice. Several colleagues will join in the presentation, using examples of the effects of empathy and RE training in their work settings.

Workshop Objectives: Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  1. Name at least three recent empathy research findings applicable to their practice of therapy.
  2. Name at least one way that materials on empathy in the popular culture can be used in their therapy practice.
  3. Evaluate how methods based on empathy processes in the brain and healing would be applicable to their therapy work.

Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT, is the mostly retired founder of IDEALS for Families and Communities in Frankfort, Kentucky. Co-author with Bernard Guerney of several Relationship Enhancement publications, she is also the author of Mastering the Magic of Play: A Training Manual in Filial Family Therapy for Parents. A NIRE-certified supervisor and trainer in many Relationship Enhancement® methods, Mary continues to do professional and participant workshops across the country. Her current empathy writing project is a book for volunteers who visit the Carebound and their families within the Catholic Church.

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