Similarities and Differences

Developing empathy and compassion for the individuals and families we work with is a critical element to building trusting partnerships. Identifying some of the similarities we share with the individuals and families we work with and honoring our differences can support our capacity to suspend judgment and develop empathy.

Take a minute to think about a family and answer the following questions with that family in mind.

  • Write down three ways you are different from the parent or partner who is causing harm to the family.

  • Write down three ways you are similar to the parent or partner who is causing harm to the family.

  • Write down three ways you are different from the parent or partner who is being harmed in this family.

  • Write down three ways you are similar to the parent or partner who is being harmed in this family.

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What thoughts come to your mind as you re-read each list?

  • What about this list surprises you?

  • What will you take away from this process?