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LEAP (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner™) shows you how to quickly gain the trust of someone with whom you are in conflict. When you Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner™, you stop trying to force your adversary to say he\she is wrong and begin to listen in a new way that immediately lowers anger and defensiveness, conveys genuine understanding and establishes empathy and respect for his point of view, even when you disagree with it.
LEAP™ focuses on transforming the relationship first. It grew out of Dr. Xavier Amador’s:
- Thirty years of hands-on clinical experience with families, couples and patients who lacked insight into their mental illness and/or addictions
- A very personal and successful struggle to convince his brother Henry, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, to accept treatment.
- Experience gained from hundreds of LEAP™ seminars involving thousands of clinicians, family members, law enforcement and couples.
- Twenty-five years of clinical research supported by the NIMH, Stanley Research Foundation, Elizabeth K. Dollard Trust, American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance on Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).
LEAP works when the technique is understood and applied correctly. You need not be a clinician to benefit from using the technique. You merely have to be committed to improving communications with someone who is troubled.