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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Robert Elliott

 

Developing an Empathic Way of Being
with Emotion-Focused Therapy

Robert Elliott

Robert Elliott is Professor of Counselling in the Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde, where he directs its research clinic and teaches counselling research and emotion-focused therapy. A professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Toledo (Ohio), he is co-author of several books.
 

He previously co-edited Psychotherapy Research, and Person-Centered Counseling and Psychotherapies, and is a Fellow in the Divisions of Humanistic Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He also teaches workshops about empathy around the world.

 

 

"Psychotherapist empathy has had a long and sometimes stormy history in psychotherapy. Proposed and codified by Rogers and his followers in the 1940's and 1950's, it was put forward as the foundation of helping skills training popularized in the 1960's and early 1970's."


Sub Conferences: Science

  

An Empathic Way of Being with Robert Elliott and Edwin Rutsch

 

 


ADVANCED EMPATHY TRAINING FOR EMOTION-FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT)
presented by Robert Elliott, Ph.Dco-founder & co-author of books with L. Greenberg
November, 17 19, 2015 in Paris

The proposed training would consist of the following:

  • Module 1: Empathy and EFT Therapist Responses

  • Module 2: Using Focusing to access the bodily basis of empathic resonance

  • Module 3: Task empathy": open marker work focused on empathising with client agentic experiencing.

  •  Module 4: Using Systematic Unfolding to develop empathic co-experiencing with clients

  • Module 5: Working inside the client's experiencing in chair work

  • Module 6: Radical Acceptance/self soothing/empathic affirmation: Offering empathic presence to your own and others' emotional pain.

 

Empathy Masterclass
 by Prof. Robert Elliott
Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore

 

 

Empathy

by Robert Elliott, Arthur C. Bohart, Jeanne C Watson, Leslie S Greenberg
Abstract
After defining empathy, discussing its measurement, and offering an example of empathy in practice, we present the results of an updated meta-analysis of the relation between empathy and psychotherapy outcome. Results indicated that empathy is a moderately strong predictor of therapy outcome: mean weighted r = .31 (p < .001; 95% confidence interval: .28-.34), for 59 independent samples and 3599 clients. Although the empathy-outcome relation held equally for different theoretical orientations, there was considerable nonrandom variability. Client and observer perceptions of therapist empathy predicted outcomes better than therapist perceptions of empathic accuracy measures, and the relation was strongest for less experienced therapists. We conclude with practice recommendations, including endorsing the different forms that empathy may take in therapy.

 


Why emotions are important
Professor Robert Elliot of the University of Strathclyde discusses why emotions are important and how we can get stuck in our emotions.

 

 

Video: EFT Distinctive Features and Influence - Part I
Importance of empathy in EFT. "The whole process is based on empathy."

has 2 roles

1. core to change process. empathy is healing.

2. empathy is foundation of focusing and chair work, etc

Empathy is a means to an end and an end in itself.

 

 

Video: Understanding Approaches: Person Centred and Process

 

"Professor Robert Elliott of the University of Strathclyde talks to the Counselling Channel's Niall O'Loingsigh about the Person Centred approach of Process Experiential Emotion Focused Therapy. "