Empathy instead of Sympathy Please

Tuesday, 23rd November 2021
4:00pm5:30pm EST

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About the Session

A workshop that provides families, partners , friends and co-workers the opportunity to explore more:
— positive
— productive
— proactive
and of course:
ways to live and interact with people who have physical ,mental ,emotional or invisible disabilities.

This workshop can provides participants the following takeaways:

— A positive and pro-active discussion of the differences between SMYPATHY &
EMPATHY that people can utilize.
— Gives participants a VERY specific list of the “STAGES OF ILLNESS/DISABILITY” and how to recognize & respond.
— Provides a frank discussion on the frustrations & negative emotions many people with a disability/ illness experience when interacting with the; public, friends , partners or family.
— A discussion and time to share “WHAT HAS WORKED” when interacting with the; public, friends ,partners or family.
— Provide the participants some possible more “EMPOWERING OPTIONS ” to try when interacting with the public, friends, partners or family.”

A Short Message from Dave:

I have lived with a rare form of Fibromyalgia for most of my life. Yet I did not know it until I was in my thirties. I have been told that of all my workshops I have written this one works the best with my personality. I do not feel I am exposing a revolutionary message or idea here. I am just trying to solidify a SIMPLE but POWERFUL one. I struggled and still struggle with interpersonal interaction and that is why this workshop was created.

I feel and have received feedback that my strength is my delivery. I have always been able to discuss my illness and the affects it has had on my life in a:
— unique
— empowering
— and most importantly humorous way

I am trying to lend assistance to those who like myself have and are pushed to all their mental and physical limits by pain and their brains just cannot do the things they are wishing it could. I want to help provide that lived experience that may translate into options & choices when navigating these interpersonal interactions . This in turn goes to the reduction of the immense isolation often created by these illnesses.


Presented By

Dave Thomson

Peer Support & Community Outreach Coordinator
Richmond Centre for Disability (Canada)