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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Empathy Skills Training Experience on Middle School Students

The purpose of this exploratory research was to assess if an empathy skills training group experience affected empathy skills in middle school children. Caselman (2007) stated empathy is an important life skill and improves engagement and motivation in children. A maximum of 30 eighth grade students, selected by the Assistant Principal from the Excel After School Program at Webster Spry Middle School, were asked to complete a pre/post test and participate in a group experience which included a maximum of eight sessions. The 17 question pretest was given prior to the group experience. The activities included; (1) What Is Empathy (Caselman, 2007), (2) Empathy Continuum (Caselman, 2007), (3) Crossing the Line (www.challengeday.org), and (4) If You Really Knew Me (www.challengeday.org). Lastly the 13 question post test was given following the group sessions. The pre/post test questionnaires were designed to measure levels of empathy and any potential changes after participation in the group. The results of this study will be presented.

Presenter: Melissa Sakofsky (Graduate Student)
Topic: Counselor Education
Location: 3rd Floor Lobby - MetroCenter
Time: 6 pm (Session VI)