The purpose of this two day introductory course is to introduce students to the process of Nonviolent Communication and provide the opportunity for them to begin to practice using the process in real life situations. This class is offered for 1 credit on a Pass/No Pass basis through the University of Oregon Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP) during the 2017 Winter term and is also open to the general public. Attendance of the entire workshop and completion of the take-home exam are mandatory to pass the course. Beginning October 28, 2016 details about the workshop (and other Winter term classes) can be found at http://sapp.uoregon.edu/courses/. Beginning December 26, 2016, this class is open to members of the general community who can register as nonadmitted, non-degree-seeking students via the Community Education Program. Community members can register for UO classes by signing up with the Community Education Program, to become nonadmitted students. Then, beginning after December 26, you will use DuckWeb to register for courses (just like admitted students). For U of O students, registration is through DuckWeb. If DuckWeb registration is closed, a workshop can be added until the day before the course occurs by calling the UO Registrar at 541-346-2935.
Trainer Bio: Gary is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and served as executive director of the Center from 1998 until 2006; a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (inactive); and a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication.
I envision a world in which the needs of all people are honored, in which the abundant resources of our planet are both respected and also flow freely so as to reliably meet those needs, and in which people resolve their conflicts peacefully. I strive to live in harmony with the principles of NVC and to offer NVC training to the public and to those organizations and institutions that resonate with those principles. I also provide counseling and consulting services to individuals and groups, and help to contribute to the spread of NVC by serving as a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication. I have a special affinity with educators, having been a professor of philosophy for 35 years; with parents and mental health professionals, having been a marriage and family therapist for the same length of time--and a co-parent of two for over 25 years; and with those who are responsible for organizational leadership, having served as executive director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication for nearly 8 years. I am also especially eager to contribute to the work of social activists.