Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been described as a powerful tool for social change, a personal practice for clarifying and living one’s values, a guide for interpersonal communication, an effective process for conflict resolution, and a language of compassion.
By learning NVC, we can liberate ourselves from judging self and others; taking things personally; and acting from fear, duty, obligation, and guilt to release ourselves from suffering. NVC supports us in expressing ourselves honestly, hearing others’ pain without trying to fix them or taking it personally, creating new strategies that meet our core needs, and becoming more effective at everything we do, including creating peace in the world.
In an interactive, supportive learning environment, we’ll discover old habits of mind and speech that produce distress and walls of separation, and explore the possibility of new habits that create compassion, connection, and healing within ourselves and with others. We’ll learn steps to liberate our thinking and reactions so that we transform anger, hurt, guilt, and disappointment into energy and expressions that serve life.
NVC was originally developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, more than forty years ago. Since then, more than 300 Certified NVC Trainers worldwide have continued to enrich and deepen this process with their own creativity and ongoing learning. NVC is currently taught in communities, schools, prisons, corporations, social-change organizations, war-torn regions, and health care and government institutions, as well as with families, couples, and individuals.