CONNECTING COMPASSIONATELY: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

Saturday, February 22, 2020
09:30 am
End Time
4:30 pm
Number of sessions/meetings
Official training hours
6.0 hours
In person
Main Topic
General NVC
Short description
This training is for those new to Nonviolent Communication as well as those who would like to review and deepen their understanding of, and increase their fluency with the process.

                                         About Nonviolent Communication

Imagine connecting with the human spirit in each person in any situation. 
Imagine interacting with others in a way that allows everyone's needs to be equally valued.  Imagine creating organizations and life-serving systems responsive to our needs and the needs of our environment.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. (1934-2015), a clinical psychologist and founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  The process of NVC helps connect us with what is alive in ourselves and in others moment-to-moment, with what we or others could do to make life more wonderful, and with an awareness of what gets in the way of natural giving and receiving.  NVC strengthens our ability to inspire compassion from others and respond compassionately to others and ourselves.  NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear others and resolve conflicts by focusing on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

As a result of participating in this interactive training you can expect to be able to:

  • Identify and avoid some common blocks to compassionate connection
  • Distinguish between needs and wants
  • Make clear requests in positive action language
  • Say “No” in a way that will increase the chances of it being heard by another
  • Express (and receive) gratitude in a fuller way than most of us have learned to do

About the workshop leader:  Gary has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 1996 and served as executive director of the Center from 1998 until 2006; he is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; was a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (1974-2018); and is president of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication.

This training will be held in Eugene, Oregon and is being Organized by the Center for Dialogue and Resolution, 1400 Cross Street, Eugene, OR 97402. An early registration fee is available. For further information about fees and registration: