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Course: NEW! How To Know A Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen
by David Brooks

CE Credit Hours: 14
Fee: $59

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As the New York Times best selling author David Brooks observes, 'There is one skill that lies at the heart of any healthy person, family, school, community organization, or society: the ability to see someone else deeply and make them feel seen—to accurately know another person, to let them feel valued, heard, and understood.'

However, all around us are people who feel invisible, unseen, misunderstood. In this book, Brooks sets out to help us do better, posing questions that are essential for all of us: If you want to know a person, what kind of attention should you cast on them? What kind of conversations should you have? What parts of a person’s story should you pay attention to?

Brooks draws from the fields of psychology and neuroscience and from philosophy, history, and education to present a welcoming, hopeful integrated approach to human connection. 'How To Know A Person' helps readers become more understanding and considerate toward others, and to find the joy that comes from being seen. ‘How To Know A Person’ is for anyone searching for connection and yearning to be understood.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Explain the relational factors that help people feel seen.
  • Identify common mistakes people make when trying to build relationships with others.
  • Explain how accompaniment impacts relationships.
  • Break down the steps to help a friend who is suffering.
  • Evaluate the components that make up empathy.
  • Analyze how empathy positively impacts how we see other people.
  • Understand how one’s own personality characteristics can help/hinder how we relate to other people.
  • Use the idea of life tasks to build connections with other people.
  • Explore how our view of our own ancestors and family experiences impact how we relate to others.
  • Discuss how our own sufferings can help us connect to others and to the broad reach of humanity.
  • Compare how our personal values influence the judgements we make of other people.
  • Recognize how each person’s own inner wisdom can be a strength in seeing the strengths of other people.
  • Illustrate how seeing other people clearly can have a positive impact on the therapeutic relationship.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
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Bio: David Brooks

David Brooks is one of the nation's leading writers and commentators. He is an op-ed columnist for 'The New York Times' and a writer for 'The Atlantic'. He appears regularly on PBS NewsHour.

Brooks is the best selling author of The Second Mountain; The Road to Character; The Social Animal; Bobos in Paradise; and On Paradise Drive.

Brooks draws from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, theater, philosophy, history and education to present a welcoming, hopeful, integrated approach to human connection. This book will help readers become more understanding and considerate toward others and find the joy that comes from being seen. Along the way it offers a possible remedy for a society that is riven by fragmentation, hostility, and misperception.

The act of seeing another person, Brooks argues, is profoundly creative. How can we look somebody in the eye and see something large in them in turn, see something larger in ourselves? This book is for anyone searching for connection and yearning to be understood.