Cultivating Empathy: Inspiring Health Professionals to Communicate More effectively is unique from other books on communication in several ways. It promotes empathy as a necessary skill and outlines crucial components of empathy as exemplified through science, theoretical knowledge and lived experiences. For example, the definition of empathy incorporates recent scientific evidence from Social Neuroscience and includes a discussion of the benefits of Positive Psychology. Substance use treatment is critically examined and points to some barriers to treatment but also recommends therapeutic modalities that support recovery. The positive and negative effects of social media on empathic capacity are frankly discussed. A section has been included on trauma-informed practice that heightens our awareness of how prevalent and pervasive trauma is in society and identifies its significant negative consequences. We are made aware that even though health professionals have the most contact with people who have a history of violence, many of them are not trained or adequately prepared to discuss trauma with their clients. Therefore, crucial components of a trauma-sensitive practice and trauma-informed approaches are promoted to treat the devasting effects of adversity. The book also points out that there is an emotional cost to caring for others and being empathetic. That is why the final Chapter of this book specifically explores the anguish associated with being a caregiver, recommends ways to cultivate caregiver resiliency, and proposes evidence-based methods that enhance emotional well-being.
About the Author:
Dr. Kathleen Stephany is a practicing Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), and a Certified Counsellor and Psychologist with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Kathleen has an extensive educational background and employment history. She has a PhD in Counselling Psychology, a MA in Counselling Psychology, a BA in Psychology, a BScN in Nursing, and a Diploma in Nursing. In 2016 Kathleen was named distinguished double alumni by Simon Fraser University. She is currently employed as a Full-time Nurse Educator, instructing nursing students in applied ethics, leadership and mental health. Kathleen is also a nurse ethicist, motivational speaker, suicidologist, media consultant and ethic of care theorist. Her previous employment includes working as a critical care nurse, Coroner, psychiatric nurse clinician, psychotherapist and researcher. As a former Coroner Kathleen instigated health care policy reform. Kathleen has a passion for writing. In addition to this textbook, she has written other books on the topic of nursing ethics, suicide prevention and self-help. Kathleen is a member of Canadian and International Associations that advance academic knowledge and inform practice such as: the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing; the Canadian Mental Health Association; the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention; the International Association for Suicide Prevention; and the Xia Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.
Active listening, Compassion fatigue, Emotional quotient (EQ), Empathy, Self-Psychology, Self-regulation, Social intelligence, Social Neuroscience, Cyber-bullying, Developmental Psychology, Empathy erosion, Histrionic personality disorder, Incivility, Misattunement, Narcissistic personality disorder, Narcissism, Neural circuits, Suicide risk assessment, Palliative care,
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