The Empathy Training Project (ETP) provides a school-based emotional literacy program for children ages 6 through 13, focused on increasing pro-social behavior, reducing bullying/negative behavior, and improving the overall social environment among youth. The ETP curriculum functions from a Rogerian perspective, teaching understanding and the development of Empathy by focusing on the following elements: feelings vocabulary, communication skills, listening skills, adaptive thinking skills, negotiating/conflict resolution, perspective taking, self-regulation, self-care, and cross-cultural awareness. 


   The ETP program creates a safe space school-wide where young people share in the process of learning and foster the interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in a variety of social environments.  

ETP Curriculum Promotes:

  • Self-awareness, emotional expression and a sense of personal responsibility
  • Development of Empathy and Respect for differences in interests, needs, and culture
  • Healthy friendships and thoughtful interactions with peers
  • A sense of personal agency, leadership, and accountability within a group

3 Month ETP Program Includes:

  • 22 Weekly in-class instruction meetings conducted by trained ETP facilitators 
  • 2 Teacher and facilitator instructional meetings 
  • In-home activities
  •  In-school community building activities
  • Reproducible “thinksheets” that accompany each lesson

Each ETP Lesson Includes:

An introduction that provides the research rationale for the lesson objective

  • A parent section for engaging parents 
  • Ideas for recognizing and creating opportunities for children to practice skills 
  • Lesson plans that delineate which content subjects are included in the lesson activities (i.e. writing, dramatic arts). 
  • ETP also provides efficacy tracking tools with the purpose of monitoring student progress 
  • All lessons aim to be fun, inclusive and engaging through the use of varied teaching methods (photo recognition, role playing, discussion, creative writing, modeling, story telling, etc.)


Training Project Curriculum aims to:

  • Increase pro-social behavior 
  • Improve classroom climate 
  • Improve academic performance 
  • Reduce bullying and conduct problems 
  • Reduce absences
  • Increase Social-Emotional literacy and Emotional Skill performance


This program can be tailored to accommodate multiple settings and instructional groupings. Those who may benefit from this program include: public schools, private and alternative schools, community mental health centers, cultural centers, non-profit organizations, child care centers, group homes, and government organizations.                                                               


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