International Bullying Prevention Conference
 
E1. Making empathy count by promoting kindness and compassion in schools

Speaker
Brian Smith, Senior Research Scientist, Committee for Children
Jillian Lao, Counselor, Highline Public Schools


Description
Does empathy result in kindness? Research shows that empathy by itself has a mixed connection to prosocial behavior toward peers. This research-based presentation will guide participants to a greater understanding of how empathy can be developed and harnessed to lead to more kindness, including through the key strategy of promoting Compassion in students. The session will combine relevant research findings with implications for prevention/intervention, delivered through a combination of presentation and experiential exploration.