The educational resources provided here as a series of weblinks were selected to:
This collection of diverse high-quality resources can be used in multiple and creative ways to enhance empathic imagination and promote perspective taking. The resources will encourage learners to suspend judgment and to respond to people’s suffering with genuine compassion.
Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains what empathy is, why it matters and how we can expand our empathic potential.
The YouTube video by philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how empathy can improve individual relationships and create radical social change.
This podcast series invites listeners to walk a mile in shoes of a stranger while listening to their story.
This film was commissioned by the NSW Ministry of Health to celebrate the healthcare benefits of empathy.
Dr Helen Riess directs the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Harvard Medical School and conducts research on the neuroscience of empathy.
This film portrays patient care as a connection that encompasses mind, body and spirit. It asks the question: If you could stand in someone else’s shoes . . . hear what they hear, see what they see and feel what they feel, would you treat them differently?
This film is one of Cleveland Clinic’s empathy series. It is narrated by a series of former patients who describe the difference between empathic and indifferent healthcare professionals.
Healthcare work can be hectic, long and chaotic. This film shows how as healthcare professionals, we all need to reflect on how ‘small things’ can make a big difference in other people’s lives.
A walk through dementia was designed to put you in the shoes of someone living with dementia. It was developed by Alzheimer’s Research UK, in consultation with people living with different forms of dementia. It includes three Virtual Reality (VR) experiences:
The VR experiences can be viewed as a 360° video using an iPhone (or tablet), Android, Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard viewer.
Clouds over Sidra tells the story of a 12-year old girl who has spent the last 18 months in Zaatari Refugee Camp. This camp is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war and more than half of the population are children.
The Party tells the story of a Layla, 16-year old girl attending a birthday party. Layla is on the autism spectrum and she describes the stress and distress she experiences during such overwhelming occasions.
Barbara’s story is a film that was created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to raise awareness of what it feels like to be a patient with dementia in the unfamiliar surroundings of a hospital.
This film series depicts the lived experience of being homeless. It demonstrates how anyone can become homeless, regardless of age, education, socio-economic or relationship status, gender, race or religion. The aims of the films are to dispel some of the myths surrounding homelessness and to create a better understanding of how people become homeless. The videos were produced as part of the Equal Service: Homelessness Myths and Memories project.
This website includes a collection of multimedia Indigenous stories and facilitation guides. The stories were developed as part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council project that aimed to portray authentic stories of Indigenous people’s experience of healthcare, both positive and negative, in order to enhance learner’s cultural empathy.
This website provides the narrated stories of four women who have experienced domestic violence.
This film is told through the eyes of a child with autism. It portrays the experience of a shopping centre and the resulting sensory overload he/she experiences.
Video simulations that illustrate the sensory overload associated with autism https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/5-video-simulations-help-you-experience-sensory-overload
These video simulations illustrate what it is like to be in the shoes of someone with autism and the impact of noxious sensory stimulation on their everyday experiences.
This evidence-based toolkit includes a range of interprofessional empathy films that can be watched online or downloaded. The toolkit also provides workshop resources and an evaluation framework.
The toolkit includes three case studies comprised of a number of films, each designed to elicit an empathic response in healthcare students: