Fall 2023 SOWK 486w Class 06 Weekly Email

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Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

The focus of week six for SOWK 486 is continuing our growth and engagement with communication skills. Last week we went deeper on authenticity or genuineness. We also started some focus on empathic responding. Week six is described as a lab day, because the intention is focusing on activities to help develop skills. The activities we will be doing this week include:

  • Check-in about learning so far
  • Teaching empathy to clients
  • Following skills
  • Practice implementing following skills
  • Authentic responding and praise
  • Sharing following skills

Unit Assignments

Attend class and participate.

Unit Resources

In our discussion about what we have been learning, we are going to loosely follow a restorative practices format of having discussions in circles. If you are interested in some of what this entails you can watch Core Processes of Restorative Justice Circles. We won’t be implementing every part, but it is a good primer.

We will be talking about teaching empathy to our clients. Stepien and Baernstein (2006) provide a meta-analysis of research which could be helpful. You will be doing a role-play with a partner and observer. I will have copies of the Initial Session Checklist.

You can find all of the presentations that I’ve done at presentations.jacobrcampbell.com. The slides for this week, Fall 2023 SOWK 486w Week 06 - Communication Skills Day 02 - Lab Day

You can find the recording of all of our classes in the lecture videos for this course. You can find [Fall 2023 SOWK 486w 1 - Week 06]().

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Stepien, K. A., & Baernstein, A. (2006). Educating for empathy. A review. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21(5), 524-530. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00443.x

To Do Lists

  • A–01: Class Attendance and Participation: Attend class
  • Consider reading and watching extra/supportive materials