2.0 hours

We have to understand empathy in order to help children develop it. This workshop will explore what empathy is, the types of empathy, how it is different from sympathy, roadblocks to empathy, and some classroom strategies to promote empathy.

The Quest for Empathy


Note: Group does NOT mean that a group of people can take the course at the same time. Each person must complete the course independently in his/her own account. “Group” is a way to register someone other than yourself or to purchase more than one of the same course. See note below on registering a staff member. 

Registering a Staff Member?

If you are purchasing a course for someone other than yourself, click the group button above. After purchase, Go to the Start My Course tab and choose “Manage Group Registration.” You will find the course you purchased there and can add the staff member’s name and email address to create their account and give them immediate access to the course. 


In order to help children develop empathy, we first have to truly understand it ourselves. This workshop will take a deep dive into empathy and will explore the following questions: What is empathy? What are the different types of empathy? How does it differ from sympathy? Why are boundaries important? What are the roadblocks that get in the way of empathy? What are some strategies to help develop empathy in children? Understanding the answers to these questions forms the foundation to being truly empathic yourself, which is a prerequisite for being able to teach empathy to children in the classroom.

In this course, we will cover the following topics:

  • Defining Empathy
  • Types of Empathy
  • The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy
  • The Importance of Boundaries
  • Roadblocks to Empathy
  • Strategies for Classrooms

Additional information

Approved in the following states:

HI, IN, KY, NC, MI, MN, and OH.