Practice with Empathic Communication (1 of 2)
[Individual Activity] Read the statement below regarding the 80 year old woman. Come up with some possible empathetic responses that a social worker could do.
[Partner Group Activity] Share your responses with a partner. Discuss with your partner what level you think your empathetic responses were
Single woman, age 80 [to social worker concerning her request to move to an independent living complex provided for ambulatory older persons]:
Goodness, the more I think of moving, the more scared I get. I have neighbors here who look after me, and I won’t know a soul there. I’m afraid I’ll be all alone.