This webinar explores the art of empathic listening including how one can develop and practice empathic listening skills as well as factors that affect one’s ability to authentically connect and be present to others. This exploration also distinguishes empathic listening from other forms of human interaction and looks at both its critical role and healing nature in pastoral care ministry.

The presenters are Theodore M. Smith, D.Min and Kathryn Getek Soltis, STL, Ph.D. Dr. Smith is a recently retired United Methodist minister with almost 40 years in professional hospital ministry as a chaplain and pastoral educator in four faith-based hospitals. He currently serves as primary faculty person for the Pastoral Care Institute, a major educational program in pastoral care ministry for laity in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Dr. Getek Soltis is Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. She previously served as the lay Catholic chaplain in a Boston area house of correction and currently leads communion services in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.

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