BOSTON, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Empathetics, Inc., a leading empathy and communications training firm that offers web-based CME/CE-accredited courses and the Paul Ekman Group, a training firm for emotional awareness and responsiveness, announced today they have entered into a strategic partnership to bring important empathy and emotions research and training to the healthcare industry.
"In my research on empathy, understanding a patient's facial expression during a clinical encounter is very important in understanding a patient's needs, fears and concerns," stated Dr. Helen Riess, Founder and Chairman of Empathetics, Inc. "Dr. Ekman is the world's leading authority on facial expression training; incorporating his micro-expression training tool (METT) in our Empathetics e-Learning programs makes our empathy training highly impactful."
The strategic partnership between Empathetics, Inc. and Paul Ekman Group will enable doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals to access innovative skills-based empathy training. Through e-Learning programs that leverage the rigorously tested empathy curriculum developed by Dr. Helen Riess, in conjunction with Dr. Ekman's tools to develop awareness of micro-expressions and respond appropriately to them – healthcare professionals will have the skills they need to improve the patient experience and health outcomes.
"We are excited about partnering with Empathetics' e-Learning programs for the healthcare industry," said Dr. Paul Ekman. "Dr. Riess' groundbreaking research on the impact of her empathy training in healthcare will certainly enhance how providers engage with their patients. Our partnership with Empathetics, Inc. offers healthcare professionals the most comprehensive training in this field."
For more information about Empathetics, Inc. CME/CE-accredited e-Learning programs in healthcare, please visit empathetics.com. For more information about the Paul Ekman Group and their micro-expression and emotional response training tools, please visit paulekman.com.
About Empathetics, Inc.
Helen Riess, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, developed empathy training courses that were tested in pilot studies and in a randomized controlled trial at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her training significantly improved patient ratings of physician empathy. Dr. Riess' research has won many awards, including the prestigious Partners Healthcare Medical Education Research award in 2013. She founded Empathetics, Inc. to provide web-based, world wide access to innovative empathy and interpersonal skills training for all medical professionals and their teams. Empathetics leverages new, scientifically proven methods, including biometrics that enhance human relationships and make medical practice more effective, efficient and rewarding. Her work has been cited in the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
About Paul Ekman Group
Dr. Paul Ekman, Professor Emeritus in Psychology at UCSF, is the researcher and author best known for furthering our understanding of nonverbal behavior, encompassing facial expressions and gestures. After leaving the University, he founded The Paul Ekman Group to translate his research findings into resources that could be of help to professionals and the general public. His emotional skills training tools have been used by governments, security organizations, teachers, therapists, physicians, salespeople, and corporate executives the world over. Ekman was named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century and TIME magazine hailed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
SOURCE Empathetics, Inc.