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Empathic Facilitator Training

October 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - October 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


The Empathic Facilitator is a two-day training for anyone who leads groups and wants to develop the skills to create an intentional and transformative group process. The principles and practices learned in this training can be adapted for a range of settings and groups whether you regularly facilitate workshops, team meetings, or offering one-on-one coaching.

In partnership with The Center for Justice at Columbia University, a The Empathic Facilitator training uniquely customized to meet the needs of the field of criminal justice and reentry. Practitioners in the fields of social work, criminal justice reform, and re-entry services understand the importance of empathizing with the people they serve. In fact, the restorative justice process is predicated on a foundation of empathy. When in service of communities impacted by mass incarceration, we never stop cultivating the set of skills necessary for an effective embodiment of empathy.

In this training, you will develop the following skills:

  • Cultivate a set of daily practices for deepening self-awareness, presence, and the ability to be attuned to the needs of your group.
  • Use storytelling as a way to build empathy and connection within groups.
  • Work with group tensions/conflicts in a generative way that produces fresh insights and stronger relationships.
  • Give and receive constructive and attuned feedback that leads to sustainable change and cultivates empowered leaders.
  • Learn to build a culture of shared ownership of outcomes and direction.

For information about scholarships please email Cameron Rasmussen, cwr2116@columbia.edu


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About the Facilitator: Piper Anderson

Piper Anderson is a facilitator, healer, and community builder who has spent the past 16 years leading groups in prisons/jails, schools, and community spaces across the U.S. After seeing the depth to which trauma played such a destructive role in the lives of so many, she realized that she had more to learn about the collective healing process. So in 2004, she set out on a journey to study the healing arts completing training in generative somatics, Reiki, mindfulness meditation, and a coaching certification from the Empowerment Institute. She now integrates mind/body healing practices, mindfulness, and somatic techniques for trauma recovery into her work with groups. Anderson’s work centers storytelling as a means of empathy and action with people directly impacted by mass incarceration. In 2014, she founded Create Forward, a social impact firm delivering creative strategies to advance movements for racial equity and social justice. In 2015, she was awarded a TED Residency to design a community storytelling project called Mass Story Lab. To date, Mass Story Lab has traveled to six cities hosting storytelling events that center the voices of people directly impacted by incarceration making their stories as a vehicle for empathy, healing, and action. Mass Story Lab will travel to 10 cities in 2017. Anderson is a professor at NYU where she teaches courses on the intersections of criminal justice, the arts, and education. To learn more visit www.create-forward.com.


October 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am
October 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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