Although empathy is universally valued, there is tremendous controversy regarding how to foster it, much of it rooted in a lack of understanding about where it comes from. This course reveals the natural developmental roots of empathy in a way that can easily be put into practice by parents and teachers alike. Visit the Course Details Page for full course outline.


Course participants will view Dr. Neufeld’s pre-recorded lecture videos through our Virtual Campus and come together weekly in a live Zoom class to discuss the material. While individuals can take this course at any time in Self-Paced Study format, this is a unique opportunity to gain further insight from Neufeld Institute Faculty members Heather Ferguson and Michele Maurer. 

All of the classes are recorded. If you can't fit a live class into your day-time schedule, you can keep pace by watching the recording later in the week. Class recordings are posted online within 24 hours and are available for the duration of your campus study pass.

The Natural Roots of Empathy tuition includes four months of access to our Virtual Campus. Course components include lecture videos, study guide, supplementary resources, the faculty-facilitated Zoom support sessions, and access to a discussion forum. Bonus campus resources include a digital library which houses additional audio and video recordings, written articles, Q&As with Neufeld faculty, and more. Learn more about our Online Campus Courses HERE

Suitability & Applicability

While highly relevant to any parent, this course is also designed to be applicable to educators and helping professionals. The material is appropriate for 6 CEU (Continuing Education Units).

Time & Place

This course is being offered in a Scheduled Online Class format on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific Time. The class will run for 5 weeks.


This course is being hosted by the Neufeld Institute, a non-profit organization with a world-wide reach, devoted to applying developmental science to the raising of children.


Cancellation notifications received up until one day before the start of the course are eligible for a refund, less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellation notifications received after the start of the course are not eligible for refund.

If a course is cancelled by the Neufeld Institute due to insufficient enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances, all registrants will have the option of receiving a full refund or credit.