Empathy Matters Seminar
Empathy Matters is a training I offer that is grounded in the well-established model known as Nonviolent Communication. NVC is rooted in the belief that our natural state is one of Empathy, in which the heart and mind are nonjudgmental. Developed in the 1960s by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, NVC is world-renowned as a transformational model of communication, used for personal growth, conflict resolution, relationship healing, and community building.
We begin by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that judgmental, damaging strategies — whether verbal or physical, aimed at others or at ourselves — are learned behaviors, taught and supported by the prevailing culture. We also assume that we all share the same basic natural human needs, and that our verbal and physical actions are always attempts to meet these needs; our troubles arise from tragic, nonfunctional strategies.
People who practice these skills have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and enhanced conflict resolution.
Empathy Skills can help you learn to:
• Stay centered and connected in tense conversations
• Avoid judgment, blame and guilt
• Preserve connection despite disagreement
• Transform criticism of self and others
• Enjoy the magic of Empathy for self and others
This is an instantly applicable, functional model that you can use with children, partners, co-workers, total strangers, and yourself. I like to say that it offers levels of usefulness that span the gamut from bandaid to soul surgery.
This skills community is active in over 65 countries around the globe. Find out more about how this practice is changing the world at the websites noted on my “Links” page.
The Empathy Matters Seminar utilizes large group, small group, paired and individual work, as time allows. Lecture, discussion and exercises are employed, and written notes are provided. The total seminar time can be adapted to any length, from one hour, to a full day, to a weekend retreat. Any physical limitations can be accommodated.