Non Violent Communication Class for Youth – Beginning March 2012

 “Say WHAT?!!”

Ever feel angry and frustrated in trying to communicate with others? Especially those closest to you – family members and friends? How about your boy/girl friends? NVC is all about connecting with others, rather than continuing your behavioral patterns which alienate those close to you.

Why make life harder than it is? Conflict between individuals has created barriers to communication, learning, relationships with the opposite and same sex – and a good quality of life.  Why connection? Non Violent Communication (NVC) is a language and consciousness of compassion and empathy that can dramatically improve your relationships, in work & play. NVC focuses our attention on what you are feeling and the needs behind it, and what the other person is feeling and his/her needs; rather than focusing on who is right and who is wrong.

The NVC Model – Basic Non Violent Communication

  • Observations – without judgment
  • Feelings – more than just “Mad, Sad, Glad or Fear”
  • Needs – all humans have the same needs; consideration, respect, support, love, etc.
  • Requests – way different from “demands”!

Non Violent Communication enables individuals to:

  • Connect with and express what is going on for us in the moment
  • Communicate in ways that are in alignment with our needs and values
  • Express clear “do-able” requests and explore life serving strategies for meeting everyone’s needs
  • Resolve conflict peacefully and assertively
  • Hear difficult messages without taking them personally
  • Learn forgiveness and empathy for self and others

Participants will gain ability in:

     • Recognizing life-alienating language & thoughts
• Making observations without evaluations
• Identifying & expressing feelings
• Connecting feelings to needs
• Requesting what would meet our needs and improve our lives
• Honestly expressing feelings & needs
• Empathically listening to others’ feelings & needs

The NVC class is based on Marshall Rosenberg’s book on Nonviolent Communication and will be facilitated by Patty LaTaille. The start date is Friday, March 2, 2012 to begin the 8 week course which will be held every Friday from3 – 4:30 p.m. Coursework includes take home assignments and a cumulative written & oral review to be completed by the final class session.

A $100 fee per course for each participant is required. A $10 fee will be paid by each participant for the course book; “Communication Fundamentals” by Morrison & King. Sliding scale rates are available.

 

Please contact Patty LaTaille at 719 221-3069 or patty.nvc@gmail.com for more information.

 

Facilitator Background:

Patty’s professional background revolves around social work and writing in various capacities. She has worked with high risk adolescents in different capacities for over 20 yearsPatty obtained an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Cortland and a graduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has a number of published works in corporate and non-profit publications, regional newspapers and magazines, and in Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul.

 

NVC Training Proposal for Incarcerated Individuals – June 2011

(Chaffee CountyJail):

“Shut Your Mouth When You are Talking to Me!”

Ever feel angry and frustrated in trying to communicate with others? Especially loved ones, family members and friends? Do you want to truly connect with others, rather than continue to alienate those close to you?

Conflict between individuals have created barriers to communication, learning, career development, intimate relationships and quality of life.  Non Violent Communication (NVC) is a language and consciousness of compassion that can dramatically improve our relationships, both personal and professional. NVC focuses our attention on what is “alive” in this moment; what you are feeling and the needs behind it, and what the other person is feeling and his/her needs; rather than focusing on who is right and who is wrong.

The NVC Model – Basic Non Violent Communication

  • Observations – without judgement
  • Feelings – more than just “Mad, Sad, Glad or Fear”
  • Needs – all humans have the same needs; consideration, respect, support, love, etc.
  • Requests – way different from “demands”!

Non Violent Communication enables individuals to:

  • Connect with and express what is going on for us in the moment
  • Communicate in ways that are in alignment with our needs and values
  • Express clear “do-able” requests and explore life serving strategies for meeting everyone’s needs
  • Resolve conflict peacefully and assertively
  • Hear difficult messages without taking them personally
  • Learn forgiveness and empathy for self and others

 

Participants will gain ability in:

     • Recognizing life-alienating language & thoughts
• Making observations without evaluations
• Identifying & expressing feelings
• Connecting feelings to needs
• Requesting what would meet our needs and improve our lives
• Honestly expressing feelings & needs
• Empathically listening to others’ feelings & needs

The NVC training is based on Marshall Rosenberg’s book on Nonviolent Communication and will be facilitated by Patty LaTaille. An estimated start date isMay 27, 2011to begin the 6 week course which will be held Wednesday and Friday from3:45 – 5:15 p.m.Coursework includes “homework” and a cumulative written & oral review to be completed by the final class session.

A $35 fee per training hour with one instructor is requested – with a total of 12 classes for 90 minutes each.

Please contact Patty LaTaille at 719 221-3069 or patty.nvc@gmail.com for more information.