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SEL Academy Series

SEL VI – Empathetic Communication, Strong Relationships



Empathy is a social and emotional competency that is often challenging to embody in a context of competing demands, misbehavior and misunderstanding. In this training, participants will learn basic mindfulness tools to deepen listening, enhance verbal and non-verbal communication, and build more positive, win-win relationships.   Participants will also learn to model empathetic communication in different segments of the Afternoon Meeting, and to apply positive instructor language in their program.


Prerequisites:  Foundations in SEL, Afterschool professionals from a PSELI pilot school, Prime Time Registry ID

Live Session Time:  3 hours              

Session Materials:  Morning Meeting Books, Participant Handbook


Core Competencies Addressed: Child/Youth Growth and Development 1C: Use Developmental Knowledge to Create Healthy, Respectful, Supportive and Challenging Environments. Interaction with Children/Youth 5C: Promote positive expression, group experiences between adults and children/youth. Learning Environment and Curriculum 4C: Design and develop curriculum to support social emotional development. Community and Family Relationships 5C: Engage families and communities in youth development and learning. Professional Development and Leadership 7B: Integrate reflective practices and critical perspectives on performance. ALL Levels.


Primary QIS Scales Addressed: Safe Environment: I-A. Psychological and emotional safety. Supportive Environment: II-F.

Welcoming atmosphere, K. Encouragement. Interaction: III-M: Sense of belonging, Q. Youth develop positive peer relationships. L. Manage feelings and resolve conflicts. Engagement: IV-T. Youth opportunities to reflect. Family: VIII-I. Positive communication with family


SELOC Items Addressed: Adult SEL Practice 1.2 Interpersonal Skills; SEL Integration and Infusion 2.1.a Positive Discipline, 2.1.b Conflict Resolution, 2.1.d Positive Language, 2.2.b Reflective Practice; SEL Explicit Instruction 3.1 Afternoon Meeting 3.2 SEL Curricula / Lesson


Training Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between empathy, sympathy, compassion.
  2. Explore empathetic, non-violent and positive communication tools to improve interpersonal relationships with diverse cultural/ethnic groups.
  3. Apply reinforcing, reminding and redirecting language in various staff-youth scenarios.
  4. Practice using restorative questions and circle protocols to build inclusion while dealing with challenges.


Training Outcomes:

  1. Increased use of empathetic and nonviolent verbal and nonverbal communication among peers and youth
  2. Use of reinforcing, reminding and redirecting language during every interaction with youth
  3. Increased open-ended questioning and listening for feelings, needs and requests of youth during Afternoon Meeting and other program activities
  4. Increased honest expression in staff-staff and staff-youth interactions

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