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The Empathic Facilitator

March 10, 2017 - March 11, 2017


Practitioners in the fields of criminal justice and reentry services understand the importance of empathizing with the people they serve. In fact, the restorative justice process is predicated on a foundation of empathy. While it may be assumed a given in social service settings, we never stop cultivating the set of skills necessary for an effective embodiment of empathy.

The Empathic Facilitator is a two-day training for anyone who leads groups and wants to develop the skills to create a more insightful and transformative group process. This training has been specially designed for practitioners working in the fields of criminal justice system, restorative justice, and reentry.


Fri, Mar 10, 2017, 10:00 AM –

Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 5:00 PM EST


Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Ave

New York, New York 10027




At the completion of this training you will:

o  Have a set daily practices for deepening self-awareness, presence, and the ability to be attuned to the needs of your group.
o  How to use storytelling as a way to build empathy and connection within the group.
o  Understand how to prevent “empathy burnout”.
o  Learn how to work with group tensions/conflicts in a generative way that produces transformative results.
o  Learn to give and receive constructive and attuned feedback that leads to behavior change.
o  Gain a robust set of listening tools for a range of settings and situations.
o  Understand how to ask the right questions at the right time.
o  Learn to build a sense of shared leadership, outcome ownership, and community.

Participants will receive a toolkit of the activities learned in the training to take with them and immediately apply to their work and a supportive community of practice.

Sponsored by The Center for Justice at Columbia University 

About the Facilitator: Piper Anderson

Piper Anderson has spent the past 15 years leading groups in prisons/jails, schools, and community spaces. After seeing the depth to which trauma played such a destructive role in people’s lives, she realized that she had more to learn about the healing process. So in 2004, she set out on a journey to study the healing arts. She now integrates 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 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 four cities hosting storytelling events that center the voices of people directly impacted by incarceration. 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.


March 10, 2017
March 11, 2017
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Create Forward and the Center for Justice


Columbia University School of Social Work
New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map