What is Nonviolent Communication?
Nonviolent Communication(sm) (NVC) is a practical, learnable process based on universal human values that helps people connect more deeply with themselves and others. It promotes congruency with one’s values in thought, speech and action.
The purpose of NVC is to create the quality of connection where everyone’s needs are equally valued and strategies to meet needs contribute to connection, harmony and peace.
Nonviolent Communication develops one’s ability to transform blame, anger and criticism into understanding, effective communication and the peaceful resolution of conflict.
Nonviolent Communication focuses our attention on what matters most, leading to language and actions that are efficient, effective and full of integrity.
Nonviolent Communication strengthens our ability to inspire compassion and teamwork from others. It guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others.
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Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD.
is founder and director of educational services for The Center for Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
Growing up in an inner–city Detroit neighborhood Dr. Marshall Rosenberg was confronted daily with various forms of violence. Wanting to explore the causes of violence and what could be done to reduce violence, he chose to study clinical psychology and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. In 1966 he was awarded diplomat status in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology.
Nonviolent Communication training evolved from Dr. Rosenberg’s quest to find a way of rapidly disseminating much needed peacemaking skills. The Center for Nonviolent Communication emerged out of work he was doing with civil rights activists in the early 1960's. During this period he also mediated between rioting students and college administrators and worked to peacefully desegregate public schools in long-segregated regions.
Since the inception of the Center, the response to Nonviolent Communication training has been extremely positive. It is seen as a powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional, and political levels. Dr. Rosenberg has provided Nonviolent Communication training in 60 countries. He works with such groups as educators, managers, mental health and health care providers, lawyers, military officers, prisoners, police and prison officials, clergy, government officials, and individual families. He is also active in war-torn areas and economically disadvantaged countries, offering Nonviolent Communication training to promote reconciliation and peaceful resolution of differences.
Worldwide reactions have been inspiring. Evaluations indicate that this training vastly strengthens the ability to connect compassionately with oneself and others, as well as to resolve differences peacefully. Reports also indicate that the benefit of the training is not only stable over time, but actually increases.
Dr. Rosenberg has been able to teach individuals to give the training in their own community, work, educational, and political environments, and in their own languages, with the same positive effects.
Dr. Rosenberg and his wife Valentina are currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, where they continue to work together on NVC projects and International Intensive Trainings.
For more information on Marshall B. Rosenberg visitwww.cnvc.org
The Center for Nonviolent Communication
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