AULA alumna Shari Foos, MS, MA, MFT recently had an article titled, “Empathy in a Disconnected World,” published in Thrive Global. Foos is a Marriage and Family Therapist, adjunct professor, Narrative Medicine scholar, and improvisational artist. Shari received an MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles where she founded the Bridge Program, an accredited, year-long university humanities program, provided at no cost for adults without access to higher education.
Seeing the need for humanistic communities in an increasingly technological world, Shari founded The Narrative Method™ in 2013, providing programs and facilitator training for at-risk populations. In addition, she teaches The Narrative Method™ at Antioch University. In 2018, The Narrative Method launched DIY Human, based on the idea that you don’t need a license to use your humanity. DIYH invites the public to participate in salons, special events, and leadership training.
Her recent article in Thrive Global discusses the importance of using “our empathy to absorb each others’ stories and see the world through each other’s eyes.”
“Through our stories, we communicate our feelings and ideas. Without sharing our experience, without being truly known by another, we can barely survive, much less thrive. Call it meaningful connection or call it love. We need it.”