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Webinar Description:

This webinar is the first of our four-part series, Active Empathic Listening for Professionals.

Listening is a critical dimension of human communication and a powerful contributor to individual and societal wellbeing. Despite its apparent simplicity, the ability to listen entails complex neural processes and is largely determined by socio-emotional influences.

In this 90min webinar, participants will learn about barriers professionals may face when listening to young children and strategies to overcome such barriers. Participants will also be introduced to the practice of Active Empathic Listening (AEL) which will be discussed in the context of the children’s right framework and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize different types of barriers that professionals face in listening to young children 
  • Discuss listening to young children as a fundamental right of the child (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 
  • Describe the processes and benefits of Active Empathic Listening (AEL) 
  • Select appropriate strategies for practicing AEL when interacting with young children


Webinar Series Description: Active Empathic Listening for Professionals 

Communication between adults and children in the first years of life is crucial for healthy child development and family dynamics. Many studies have demonstrated that effective communication has a decisive life-long impact on the cognitive, emotional, and social development of young children. Among the components that determine healthy adult-child communication, listening has received special attention from scientific research that has generated empirical evidence on the benefits of active and empathic listening on the developing brain. At the same time, listening is recognized as one of the fundamental rights of children and adolescents, as expressed in Articles 12 and 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Despite both the legal and scientific sectors recognize listening as a pillar of healthy child development, listening to young children is easily overlooked within the family, school, and community contexts undermining the ability of young children to meaningfully participate in matters that are important to them.

This webinar series aims to introduce professionals who interact with young people and their families to the concept of Active Empathic Listening (AEL), providing evidence-based information on the life-changing impact of this dimension of human communication on many aspects of a child’s development. Participants in this webinar series will also learn how to practice AEL when interactive with young children and their families. 

This series is comprised of 4 webinars, each of which addresses a specific facet of AEL. For a well-rounded understanding of the transformational effect of AEL on the developing child, we recommend attending all four webinars. However, participants may choose to attend just one webinar in the series and they will still gain important insights about AEL and how to integrate this practice in day-to-day interactions with young children. 

Recommended Participants:  

Anyone whose work requires direct interactions with young children, including (but not limited to):

  • Family support workers
  • Child and youth workers 
  • Early childhood educators, kindergarten, primary, and middle school teachers
  • Social workers and social services support workers 
  • Nurses, pediatricians, family doctors, and health care support workers
  • Family mediators and legal counsels, and family law practitioners


Certificates of participation will be provided to those who complete the live webinar.



Dr. Stefania Maggi (she/her), Carleton University professor, educator, and researcher.

Full Bio: 

Dr. Stefania Maggi (she/her) is a university professor, educator, and researcher. She is the founder of the youth-led movement, mochi4theplanet, and a member of the Children’s Rights Academic Network (CRAN), the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America (CPA-NA) and Teachers for Future International. She works in partnership with community, governmental, and non-governmental organizations in Canada and internationally to promote youth participation, climate change awareness, community resilience, and healthy child development.


Dr. Sebastiano Pocchi (he/him), researcher and science communicator. 


Full Bio: 

Dr. Sebastiano Pocchi is the co-lead investigator on a research and knowledge mobilization initiative on active and empathic listening (AEL) and its impact on the developing child. He is the founder of Neuropsicogaming (NPG), a science communication digital platform that shares knowledge about video games and their potential for positive neural, cognitive, socio-emotional, and behavioral development among young gamers. Dr. Pocchi is also a video game narrative designer and ethical reward systems expert. He is currently co-developing a new Indie video game promoting climate change awareness, socio-emotional skills, mindfulness, and nature connection.




How to Have Life Changing Conversations with Young Children

  • jeudi le 25 mai, 2023 de 13h00 à 14h30
  • Zoom
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