On Saturday 23/6/18, I ran a short but successful workshop at the Solstice Festival at Northey Street City Farm on Nonviolent Communication or NVC. I got lots of messages afterwards and I was reminded that lots of people have lots of interest in this topic. So, I thought I would compile a bunch of links for you for future reference to NVC courses and resources (online + face-to-face).
NVC has changed my life, brought healing and awareness, and expanded my community. And it’s been fun! To demonstrate this in a quick and real way, the Brisbane-based people in this short video I first met in 2013 at an NVC intensive and they are all now dear friends of mine. (The cheesy sunflower backgrounds make sense when you check out the book cover).
NVC is an approach developed by Marshall Rosenberg starting in the 1960s that seeks to foster authenticity and heighten awareness of how attitudes and actions affect our relationships. The model is simple: Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests (OFNR). But applying it to our lives takes practice. A growing body of literature shows the efficacy and implications of NVC in diverse fields like education, conflict resolution, and health care. There is growing evidence that NVC prevents and defuses conflict; promotes awareness of self and personal responsibility, increases empathy, and produces positive social relationships.
The psychologists at NBP all have an understanding and appreciation of NVC. You can also learn NVC in a face-to-face group environment (some info below for Brisbane folk) or via online programs. Here are some links for you:
1. Evening and Weekend NVC Workshops at The Relaxation Centre of Queensland with Cate Crombie
Cate Crombie runs regular NVC workshops at the Relaxation Centre of Qld in Alderley. Her next Introductory NVC workshop is only $25 and is on the evening of Wednesday September 5, 2018 at 7pm (to 9:30pm).
Cate’s next Weekend NVC workshop (Foundation Training) is on September 15-16 (Saturday & Sunday) at the Relaxation Centre of Qld from 9am until 4pm both days.
2. The Compassion Course is an online NVC course with certified NVC trainer Thom Bond from the New York Centre for NVC. For $52 you get the fully online curriculum for 52 weeks which includes links and exercises, message forums, conferences, weekly email messages, access to multiple message boards, access to archived messages, conference recordings, documents, video content, special exercise pages and more.
3. At the NVC Academy you get the first week of access free. You only pay if you want access after that. You can create an account on their website and sign-in to access the entire collection of over 600 resource materials from certified NVC Trainers around the world. Each day, you’ll get an email with a tip designed to help you get the most out of the online library experience.
4. Marianne at A Cup of Empathy has an excellent online program. For about $200 you get a weekly video with step-by-step explanations of doing NVC, for a total of 12 weeks, simple exercises, checklists and infographics to go with every video as well as a monthly live online meeting with Marianne to practise and ask her questions. This meeting will be recorded as well so you can watch it whenever is convenient for you. She also has a blog, a Facebook community and a YouTube channel.
I hope these links might be useful to some of you in future. Leave a comment below if you’d like any extra information.
If you are a member of a workplace or community group that might benefit from an intro NVC session, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss how I could deliver this for you.