Professional Development

For Teachers


The Empathic Teacher

Professional Development - Salary Point Class

Approved by LAUSD

If you’re tired of impersonal online PD classes and want to engage meaningfully with your peers, The Empathic Teacher provides a compelling group experience.  In a comfortable learning environment, participants practice the tools of The Narrative Method to improve students' communication, and increase their empathy, self-esteem, and compassion for differences.


The class is a fun, immersive experience structured around short videos, provocative ideas, personal storytelling, and writing exercises.  In the afternoons, participants take part in practical exercises that can be applied to real life challenges in the classroom.


“I would definitely recommend the class to my colleagues, especially teachers working in the most poverty stricken schools. The kids will need this."

Course Themes

  • The Power of Storytelling

  • Empathy

  • Cult of Culture

  • Learning to Listen

  • Prejudice and Stereotypes

  • Expanded Perspectives

  • Awareness and Tolerance for Differences


Having increased their own empathy, compassion 

and tolerance, teachers strengthen their capacity to:

  • Develop empathy among students

  • Inspire broader perspectives and appreciation for

  • Teach close listening and other communication skills

  • Inspire more respect among students

  • Create a more effective and compassionate learning environment in the classroom

$175 or $125 (early-bird rate extended)

one salary point

October 12 - 13, 2019

Thursday, Friday

8:30 - 3:30 each day
2222 Pico Blvd. 
Santa Monica CA 90405

The Narrative Method is an award-winning 501C3 that has provided over 600 workshops for individuals, educators and facilitators. TNM was created to empower diverse populations to connect, communicate and discover new possibilities for themselves, others and the world.


The course is presented by Shari Foos, Marriage and Family Therapist, professor, writer, improvisational artist and the founder of The Narrative Method. She holds a Masters Degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.

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THE NARRATIVE METHOD™ is an award-winning 501c3 program for diverse groups and individuals. Participants challenge kneejerk impulses to obey the culture rather than express themselves genuinely. And by broadening their lens, participants discover new possibilities for themselves, each other, and the world. Increases awareness, wonder, empathy and tolerance. 

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