Do you want a solid foundation on which to build cooperative and peaceful relationships?
Our Foundations Class not only provides you with clarity and understanding of the basic skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), but also immerses you in experiences and practices designed to make your new skills immediately usable.
During our 8 weeks together you’ll learn:
- The basic skills of NVC
- How to identify the stories you’re telling yourself that are contributing to your pain, and how to create new stories that will support you to thrive in relationship
- A powerful personal vocabulary that will increase the chances you’ll be heard in the way you hope and intend
- How to hear others with compassion even when it’s hardest to do
With others in a transformative learning community, you will learn skills that will increase your trust that everyone’s needs can be met, even when it seems hopeless.
Fred Sly PhD has a fifteen-year relationship with Nonviolent Communication (NVC); he became a certified NVC trainer in 2005. Currently, Fred provides NVC trainings to a broad diversity of individuals, couples, families, schools, and organizations. Fred provides coaching and mediation services, as well as NVC trainings throughout the greater Portland/Vancouver area through his teaching organization, Rose City NVC.
Fred has been offering NVC in prisons and jails since 2002. He founded the nonprofit Oregon Prison Project in 2009, currently offering NVC trainings in four Oregon Prisons, two Youth Authority facilities, and two post-release programs. Fred’s PhD research in psychology focused on the power of empathy in reducing violence and trauma in our lives, and is the basis of the curriculum used in Oregon prisons.