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6th International Conference of Psychophonetics


Fri - Sun, 4. - 6. October 2024


All day



Online ZOOM

Empathy is a rising field of interest, research, development and application everywhere. It is in fact a new term for a new human capacity, created in its present meaning only in 1951 – it is still in its infancy, its meaning is still evolving. Conscious empathy is fast becoming both an ideal and an essential need everywhere.

Yet methodical schooling in this essential present and futuristic capacity is hardly available for those who need it most: partners in personal relationship, parents, friends, teachers, health professionals, managers, cultural and social leaders, scholars. We as adult educators are here to change it. We hope you can join us in this.

At Skola Empatie – and in Psychophonetics Institute International – we have been developing Methodical Empathy processes for the past 40 years in many countries, originated in Initiatory Theatre and later in the cutting edge development of Methodical Empathy for everyone.


Joanna Jaaniste, PhD

Empathic response in dementia:
A journey alongside Anthroposophia
Joanna Jaaniste has 31 years experience as a dramatherapist. She is an Adjunct Fellow of Western Sydney University where she has worked for many years in various capacities with the students on the Master of Art Therapy course.

She teaches on the Master of Creative Arts Therapy course at the University of Melbourne and has a small private practice. Joanna has co-created a dramatherapy Graduate Diploma curriculum for IKON Australia. She worked for 20 years in the mental health sector and also with addiction and adolescents at risk and now gives supervision to other arts therapists. Joanna is passionate about the ability of art and dramatherapy to help people in a trauma-informed way to celebrate new ways of being, to grieve past losses and to work creatively with any present issues. Joanna has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, giving presentations at conferences and training courses around the world, especially in her home country of Australia. In 2023 she published a book suitable for counsellors and creative arts therapists on her work with people with dementia.

Leanne Butterworth

Leanne Butterworth is an empathy educator, TEDx speaker, author and university lecturer. As founder of social enterprise Empathy First, she is dedicated to developing happier, healthier, more connected workplaces and communities through memorable, accessible Empathy Training.

Leanne holds a degree in Exercise Physiology (UQ) and a postgraduate certificate in Business (Nonprofit and Philanthropy – QUT). Her accolades include a George Alexander Foundation Scholarship, membership in the Australian Social Impact Fellowship, recognition by His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, and winner of the 2023 Women Changing the World People’s Choice Social Enterprise Award. She is also a contributing author in the upcoming anthology Women Making a Difference.

Rainbow Rosenbloom

Radical Empathy:
Emptying yourself to provide space for others

Rainbow Rosenbloom founded Live Education! in the fall of 1997, after 12 years of working with homeschooling families and co-ops, both privately and within the public schools.

He studied Waldorf Education at Emerson College in England and worked as a class teacher and a high school teacher in several Waldorf schools. Rainbow also helped to construct an innovative Waldorf charter school program in Monterey, CA and served as its director for 3 years. He has a BA in Philosophy from The University of Tulsa and a Masters degree in Education from Harvard, where he studied Multiple Intelligence Theory with Howard Gardner.

Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Circles:
The Foundational Practice of the Empathy Movement
Edwin Rutsch is the founding director of The Empathy Center. The Center is developing an empathy based retreat center on a former Catholic Seminary property located on 35 acres with 55,000 square feet of buildings overlooking beautiful Santa Barbara, California and the ocean.

The Centers mission is to build a movement to raise the level of mutual empathy in the world through education and community initiatives. Edwin has been working on this mission for the past 15 years. A few of his projects include; creating the internet’s largest empathy related website, interviewing hundreds of world empathy experts, hosting Empathy Summits, and developing Empathy building practices and trainings. He also started the Empathy Tent which goes out to public spaces and offers listening and conflict resolution. Edwin hopes to inspire you to join this movement and transform the world.

Anne Bass
Seeing, Hearing, and Knowing the World through Imitation:
Empathy and the young child

Born in America, Anne moved to live and work in the UK and found her way to a Camphill community for children with special needs, where she embarked on the Foundation year in Curative Education, and worked in a curative setting with adolescents.

Later, Anne completed her kindergarten training and worked as a teacher in the Edinburgh Steiner School Kindergarten. After having her last of 3 children turn 3 years, Anne joined the training in Psychophonetics with the wish to support others on a path of self-development.
Anne has a special interest in working with parents, and with adolescents and children, which is enhanced and enriched by her experience as a counsellor, qualifying in 2013 as a Psychophonetics Practitioner. This has been complemented in recent years by training and qualification as a Sensory Integration Screener with the HANDLE Institute. Alongside counselling I currently run parent and child groups in Stroud, England.


Full program will be visible after 15th July 2024. Thank You for Your patience.
2nd – 3rd October 2024 – post gradual CPD seminars
  • this training is available only for IAPP members and graduates
  • Annual meeting of IAPP members


  • 6:00 PM (CET) – Opening ceremony of the conference, introduction of contributors, panel discussion on empathy

Organizational info

  • Dates:
    • CPD postgradual training: 2nd-3rd October 2024, only for graduates
    • International Conference: 4th-6th October 2024, for public
  • Language: English
  • Online only
  • You will receive an email with a Zoom link one day before the event.


  • Public – 60 €
  • IAPP members and students of School of Empathy – 40 €
  • Free entry for anyone selected to make a contribution

Special offer

  • 15 € discount until 15th June 2024

Looking forward to meeting you!

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