ORNCC provides the following only as information about people in these communities who are CNVC certified trainers. This is not intended to serve as an endorsement or referral to any of the people listed. We suggest you check with each person individually to verify their background and experience. Workshops offered by certified trainers can be found on our Learning Opportunities & Workshops page
Selene Aitken: In the early 90s, I came to NVC with a background in teaching, mediation. languages, and peace and justice activism. NVC changed my life. I have gained a sustaining confidence that I can bridge differences and conflicts with compassion. My relationship with myself is now mostly characterized by joy, peace and acceptance. Most important to me is that NVC continuously gives me hope that the caring world I want to live in is possible. My NVC work in Kabul, El Salvador and Buenos Aires as well as the US has confirmed for me the universal application of NVC principles and practices.
I see myself as a resource to explore issues such as reactivity, awareness and communication. Whether I'm teaching a workshop, consulting with a professional group, mediating a conflict in a non-profit organization or coaching a couple in private sessions, I enjoy the process of untangling misunderstandings to transform them into collaborative and satisfying connections. Contact info: (541) 227-8818, email@example.com, or web: www.thedanceofcommunication.com.
Gary Baran: 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 7 years. I am also especially eager to contribute to the work of social activists. Contact info: (541) 868-6750, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Censor, M.S. is an experienced certified trainer of communication skills of the Center For Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). After training with that organization for about 10 years, he became the first trainer certified by CNVC in 1995 and has run many communications skills workshops in the USA, Canada, and Israel. In addition to his direct training, Alex is the designer of dispute mediation software. Alex also originated and runs email support groups for NVC trainers, and at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/synergycommunication provides a NVC practice and support group for folks with some exposure to NVC who want to improve their skills and help each other.
Alex studied human physiology at the University of Illinois doctoral program, is an avid hiker, and while he doesn't actually walk on water he does OK around in it being a former full-time Ocean lifeguard, a scuba instructor and sailing instructor in businesses he founded in the Caribbean. Currently the other hat he wears is labeled "Computer Doctor" under which he provides computer help. He currently lives with his wife, Meera (also a NVC trainer) a dog and two cats in Ashland Oregon. He and Meera together provide couples' communication training and mediation, etc. Contact info: (541) 488-5683, or email@example.com
LaShelle Charde holds a master's degree in psychology and has worked as a professional psychologist and trainer for the last fifteen years. She has been offering NVC and mindfulness counseling and training for the last eight years. LaShelle specifically enjoys working with couples. She offers a continuum of learning and support to couples including free weekly articles, private counseling, weekly classes, and weekend workshops. LaShelle delights in helping people learn to relate from a place of connection, compassion, and integrity. You can access free resources and read more about her offerings at www.wiseheartpdx.org. Contact info: (503) 544-7583, or firstname.lastname@example.org
received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989. He met
Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication in 1985, and
has been offering Nonviolent Communication training in some
form since 1986. His original training is as a licensed
psychotherapist. His passion is in the spirituality of
compassionate communication. He sees compassionate
communication both as a process that helps us connect more
authentically with ourselves and others, and as a spiritual
practice and a way of living. Robert is one of a team of NVC
trainers, the NVC Training Institute, who offer in-depth and
continuing NVC training in the United States and Europe. He
has offered Nonviolent Communication training for community
colleges, high schools, churches, social workers,
psychologists, mediators, teenagers and public groups. He has
taught psychology, counseling and communication at Prescott
College in Prescott, Arizona. You can read more about his
offerings at www.living-compassion.org. Contact info:
(503) 231-2727, or email@example.com
Sarah Peyton, CNVC Certified
Trainer, offers workshops, classes and empathy
sessions for individuals and couples
throughout the Pacific Northwest focused on depth work and self-compassion that integrate
neuroscience research with the healing potential of
Nonviolent Communication's verbal and non-verbal
empathy. She is delighted by the self-compassion
that arises from understanding how language and resonance
change our brains, heal trauma and give us new energy,
well-being and choice.
Her work brings together the brain, the heart and our words, and focuses on how we hear and understand one another, effective ways to connect hearts, and developing self-compassion and clarity. Her passion is watching people's self-understanding deepen into warmth. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.empathybrain.com, 206-579-1696.
Susan Skye is a trainer, private consultant and speaker. An Assistant Dean at UCLA in the early 70s, she co-created and taught the Women’s Studies Program there. Since 1976 she has conducted trainings in a variety of self-development areas. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Yale University and Pacifica Graduate Institute, Susan has Masters’ degrees in both Psychology and Russian and East European Studies. She has had a private consulting practice for more than 20 years.
Susan has given NVC training in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe and Korea. She is a founder of the NVC Training Institute. She has been a regular trainer at CNVC's International Intensive Trainings and for ten years served as CNVC Certification Coordinator for the Americas. She has worked with General Motors, the government of British Colombia amongst others. Contact info: (503) 245-5735, email@example.com, website: http://www.nvcti.com/
Fred Sly: I believe that the most satisfying years of my life began in the year 2000 when I took my first NVC workshop. Since then I have been immersed in the skills and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication, have experienced an increasing sense of internal ease, and increasing joy in my ability to contribute to others in ways that I find meaningful.
I have been offering trainings and practice groups since 2002; I was certified in 2005. The trainings I have offered include a Batterer's Intervention Program with men on probation in domestic violence cases, and a prison program that currently includes fourteen instructors offering nine weekly classes to over 120 inmates. Recently, along with ORNCC board member Steve Blechman, I have implemented the Oregon Prison Project that will offer NVC in Oregon State Penitentiary initially, and will eventually expand to include other Oregon prisons. I find special joy in supporting individuals, couples, parents, and others in creating cooperative relationships based upon mutual respect and accountability. I have moved to Portland to be near my family especially my grandchildren. I am currently completing a Ph.D. in psychology focusing on cultural transformation and social justice. I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you. Contact info: (503) 953-0333, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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