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Welcome to Empathy Academy

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Empathy Academy is an online learning community devoted to providing clear and practical education on emotions and empathy. Our approach is based on the groundbreaking work of author and researcher Karla McLaren, M.Ed.

Karla's work in The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You explores her grand unified theory of emotions, which helps you work with every emotion you have in brilliant new ways.

We also focus on Karla's original Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model, which makes empathy easily understandable and manageable for everyone. Karla developed this model for her book The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill, which offers accessible and comprehensive information on healthy empathy.

Our work also welcomes people who have been excluded from other models of empathy (for instance: men, boys, autistic people, and others). As Karla notes, "It is unempathic to exclude people from empathy."

Emotional awareness and empathy are skills, and they can be developed at any stage of your life.

Our courses focus on helping you become emotionally skilled and comfortable -- and on helping you develop empathy that is healthy, intentional, and sustainable throughout your lifetime.

For information on upcoming courses, see our Current Courses page:

Current Courses at Empathy Academy

System Requirements

For Empathy Academy online curriculum and Forum interactions

  • The most recent version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge.
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled for the site to work properly.
  • A broadband internet connection (25 Mbps or greater download speed), or 4G cellular data plan. 3G will work, but might be unacceptably slow.
  • A computer, phone, or tablet capable of the above with at least 1GB of RAM

EmpathyAcademy.org is made to adapt to almost any display size, however extremely small screens might experience some display issues.

For the Zoom live webinars (if your course has them)

For PC users

  • Operating System | Windows XP or higher
  • Processor | IDual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)
  • At least 2 GB of RAM
  • Stable and reliable internet connection
  • Graphics | 64MB of graphics memory
  • A webcam and microphone

For Mac users

  • Operating System | OS x 10.8.5 or later
  • Processor | Intel core duo 2.66 GHz + Memory
  • At least 2 GB of RAM
  • Stable and reliable internet connection
  • Graphics | 128 MB of graphics memory
  • A webcam and microphone

For more information, visit the Zoom website.

If your computer can't manage Zoom on its own, you can also visit the web for a live session that includes audio and video of the participants (but not video of you), or you can call in for an audio-only session.

Cancellation Policy

If, for any reason, we cancel a course you've already paid for, you will receive a full refund of your course tuition, or you'll have the option of transferring your tuition amount to another course.

If you cannot attend a course you've already paid for, and you notify us at least one week before the course start date, you'll receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. There will be no refunds after this date, as we plan our staffing budget based upon the attendance numbers for each course.

Empathy Academy is also the home of the Dynamic Emotional Integration® Self-Care and licensing program. If you'd like to take a deeper dive into this work, or if you'd like to become a licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer or Consultant, you can learn more here:

About Dynamic Emotional Integration®



Karla McLaren, M.Ed. [ Instructor ]



    Tino Plank, MA, MSN, RN [ Instructor ]


      Amanda Ball

      Amanda Ball, MS [ Instructor ]


        Sherry Jean Olander [ Instructor ]


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