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Nonviolent Communication Skills Training Day
Wed 17 May 2017, 09:30 – 16:00 BST
The violence we see all around us is not only physical, but also verbal, in the way we communicate with others, as well as with ourselves.
Nonviolent communication guides us to a language that is empathic and compassionate. It can offer ways to communicate without the everyday ‘violence’ of criticism, judgment and blame.
Each of us has different needs, and finding ways to get our needs met can lead to conflict. NVC offers ways to identify our needs and those of others, and to express and meet those needs, in an authentic and unthreatening way.
This one day course by accredited NVC trainer Lawrence Kershen QC will build your skills to recognise challenging situations and how you respond to them, identify your own feelings and find ways to get your needs met, while also identifying and showing empathy and respect for the needs of others.
These are core skills for professionals working in peacebuilding, community development and leadership, conflict transformation and restorative practice; and help all of us to build effective and positive relationships in our workplaces, communities, families and personal lives.
Participants will become familiar with a safe and effective structure for communicating along with practical exercises to develop the key skills. By the end of the course these skills will become more integrated into our ordinary conversations, relationships and our daily lives.
About Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence - the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart.
NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviours taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same basic human needs, and that our actions are strategies to meet one or more of these needs.
People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution. Further information about NVC can be found on the website of the Centre for Nonviolent Communication www.cnvc.org.
Lawrence Kershen QC is an accredited trainer of Nonviolent Communication. He is also a highly experienced mediator and trainer, accredited by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) since 1994. He has mediated commercial, governmental, police, community and other disputes and trains in communication, dispute resolution and negotiation skills. His work has taken him from Iceland to Bangladesh, and in 2013 he facilitated reconciliation workshops in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Foundation.
Lawrence practiced as a barrister, Queens Counsel and Recorder of the Crown Court until 1999, and helped develop Restorative Justice in the UK as Chair of the Restorative Justice Council.
Lawrence is Chair of Search for Common Ground in the UK. Having seen the practical application of peacebuilding tools in Search's work in Sierra Leone, Lawrence was inspired to set up Search for Common Ground UK in 2007, to continue to build and support work to build peace around the world.
Supporting global peacebuilding
Lawrence is offering this training pro bono, and St Ethelburga's have provided their beautiful venue pro bono, so that the full ticket price from this training will go to support the peacebuilding work of Search for Common Ground in 35 war-torn countries around the world, including at the grassroots in Syria.
Members of the Search for Common Ground UK supporter programme, who give regularly to support the work of Search, are welcome to attend this training event for free - please email email@example.com to secure your place.
Course content and practicalities
We will start at 9.30 with registration and coffee, with the course starting at 9.45am and ending at 4.00pm.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and light refreshments will be available during breaks throughout the day. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch or to buy lunch at one of the sandwich bars nearby.
If you have any further questions about the course please don't hesitate to ask! We look forward to welcoming you.