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Cultivate empathy inspiring healthcare professionals

Cultivate Empathy: Inspiring Healthcare Professionals to Communicate More Effectively is unique in several ways compared to other communication books. It promotes empathy as a necessary skill and describes the crucial components of empathy exemplified by 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. Drug treatment is critically reviewed and highlights some barriers to treatment, but also recommends treatment modalities that promote recovery. The positive and negative effects of social media on empathic ability are frankly discussed. A section has been included on trauma-informed practice which increases our awareness of the prevalence and pervasiveness of trauma in society and identifies its significant negative consequences. We recognize that although healthcare professionals have the most contact with people with a history of violence, many are not trained or sufficiently prepared to discuss trauma with their clients. Therefore, crucial elements of trauma-sensitive practice and trauma-informed approaches are being promoted to address the devastating effects of adversity. The book also points out that there is an emotional cost to caring for others and showing empathy. That’s why the final chapter of this book specifically explores the anxiety associated with being a caregiver, recommends ways to cultivate caregiver resilience, and offers evidence-based methods that improve emotional well-being.

About the Author:

Dr Kathleen Stéphanie is a practicing registered nurse with the College of Nurses and Midwives of British Columbia (BCCNM) and a licensed counselor and psychologist with the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association. Kathleen has an extensive education and professional background. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a diploma in nursing. In 2016, Kathleen was named a Distinguished Double Graduate by Simon Fraser University. She is currently employed as a full-time nurse educator, teaching nursing students applied ethics, leadership and mental health. Kathleen is also a nurse ethicist, motivational speaker, suicidologist, media consultant and theorist on the ethics of care. Her previous employment included work as an intensive care nurse, coroner, clinical psychiatric nurse, psychotherapist and researcher. As a former coroner, Kathleen pioneered health care policy reform. Kathleen has a passion for writing. In addition to this manual, 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: 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, cyberbullying, developmental psychology, erosion of empathy, histrionic personality disorder, incivility, disagreement, disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Narcissism, Neural Circuits, Suicide Risk Assessment, Palliative Care,

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