PRESENTED BY: Creative Education Foundation • Journal of Creative Behavior 
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Wednesday, June 14 • 8:30am - 5:00pm
SP03 What's Your Shoe Size: Promoting Empathy in All Participants

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Empathy is the foundation of what we do. Whether we are conducting workshops with facilitators, teachers, consultants or others, we assume that our participants understand how to empathize in order for the groups to effectively design, problem solve, play, interact and build "what ifs." Yet, are we assuming too much? Are our expectations too high? Are we, as workshop presenters, taking the notion of empathy too lightly by assuming it is an universal experience? You will:
• Discover how we, as facilitators, consultants and educators might ensure that our colleagues, clients and students truly embody an empathetic position and mindset leading to greater awareness, compassion, understanding, equity and socially-conscious action.
• Use visual arts, movement, music, poetry and drama strategies and activities to learn how engage, empower and energize any group toward a dynamic, full-body exploration of an empathetic mindset.
• Gain a toolkit of activities you can use as brief, progressive lead-ins or more-prolonged backdrops to your own work to ensure that empathy is not only understood but experienced within the bodies and minds of your participants.

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Christine Boyko-Head

Ontario, Canada, Mohawk College
Christine Boyko-Head is an interdisciplinary educator, writer and advocate for arts-integration and creativity in higher education. While getting her doctorate at McMaster University in English Literature, she used her driver-thinking preference to co-found Parnassus Theatre, a company... Read More →
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Glenys McQueen-Fuentes

Ontario, Canada, DramaSound Projects
Glenys McQueen-Fuentes is a movement-based consultant, leadership trainer, educator, theater and visual performance director/developer/polisher. She was a founding member of Theatre Action, Auckland, New Zealand, followed by a decade in Mexico City, with el Centro Universitario de... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm EDT
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