Module two focused on empathy, self-care, being survivor-centered, and intersectionality. All these things come together to help us get ready to dive into the content.
What is empathy? What is the difference between sympathy and empathy?
As stated in the video, empathy is about seeing the world through someone else's lens. The part of the video that stood out to me most is when they stated: "Empathy fuels connection; sympathy drives disconnection." When you're empathetic, you're sitting with that person, acknowledging their feelings, feeling with them, and not trying to fix everything. When you show sympathy, you tell them you're sorry for how they feel and just try to help them feel better. Sometimes helping them feel better is not what they need. They don't need a fix. They need someone to understand how they feel and just "be with them".
What is intersectionality? Why is an intersectional lens important in this course?
Intersectionality is "the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of difference in individual lives, social practices, and institutional arrangements, and cultural ideologies and the outcomes of these interactions in terms of power" (Davis, 2018--from Dr. B's PP). Basically, one person is shaped by many different things. It's not just our gender or our race that shapes us. It is a combination of these things (along with SES, education, class, ethnicity, age, etc.) that contribute to our experiences.
It is important in this course because victimization varies across categories. The experiences, feelings, law enforcement response, and effects will be different for different people. When someone belongs to various categories, their experiences take place where these categories intersect. This is important to understand because we need to be able to look at these experiences that will be different than our own.
What does it mean to be survivor-centered? What is self-care? Why is self-care important while taking this course?
To be "survivor-centered" means to plan with survivors in mind. Instead of teaching "around survivors" or having them as an afterthought, it is important to put them first. This means to consider trigging content and considering the experiences of survivors.
Self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health, especially in times of stress. There are so many ways to practice self-care. I even put together a list of unique ideas for my life coach business. You can download it here. :) Self-care is important in this course because we will be talking about many topics, they may be difficult or could trigger PTSD. It is important for us to take care of our mental health as we learn about these topics.