Kathleen Macferran

Kathleen Macferran is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC, http://www.cnvc.org). She has offered Nonviolent Communication training to schools, community groups, churches, hospitals, families, correctional officers, and prison inmates. She is one of the trainers for the Freedom Project, an affiliate organization of CNVC that strengthens community safety through supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. In addition to working with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Kathleen founded and was the Music Director of the Rainier Chamber Winds from 1990-2008. Kathleen views the music ensemble as a metaphor for social organization since the well-being of one individual clearly depends on the well-being of all. 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practical, learnable process for communicating with empathy, honesty, power and compassion. It integrates personal development with social change. The purpose of NVC is to ensure everyone's needs are valued equally and fulfilled in ways that contribute to connection, harmony and peace. It develops people's ability to listen to and transform blame, anger and criticism into respectful, constructive communication, and to resolve conflicts peacefully.


A Leaderful Life: Integrating NVC into all Levels of Your Life

Recorded during 2008
Total Duration: 13 hours, 20 minutes

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This telecourse recording will:

  • Support you in integrating NVC into all areas of your life
  • Increase your understanding of NVC in a way that feels authentic
  • Encourage a natural sounding NVC language that can breathe life into conversations
  • Synthesize the ways you find meaning into a framework that works for you
  • Bring joy and grounding to your NVC practice
  • Explore how NVC fits into new learning in the areas of social change and relational science.

This telecourse recording is designed to:

Explore the larger framework of NVC as it manifests in consciousness, language, thought, communication and uses of power. The benefits of looking at NVC through these fundamental elements is a broader appreciation of the magnitude and subtleties of the NVC process, along with an understanding that will accelerate the integration of this work in your life. Listeners can expect a more natural, authentic flow in their thoughts and speech when integrating NVC into their daily lives.

Course Outline:

  • Consciousness/intention - Truly the heart and core of NVC, explore how the consciousness of interdependence, compassion, and partnership shapes our involvement in living systems (personal and social), creating choices supporting health of the whole planet. Book: Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society- Peter Senge, C.Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers
  • Language- As software for our thoughts, language plays an important role in shaping our intentions and expressing our deepest values to others. Explore language that’s congruent with your values and likely to connect with the values held by others. Book: Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership - Joseph Jaworski
  • Thinking- Take a look at core beliefs we hold about the world, the key role thoughts play in our reactions and responses, and the outcomes of the assumptions and frameworks that create our paradigms. Consider shifts in thinking that may be more congruent with your intentions. Book: Leadership and the New Science - Margaret Wheatley
  • Communication- Exploration of the ways our messages are sent without language. The role “choice” plays in our communication will be an emphasis as well as the ways consciousness is displayed beyond the words we use. Book: Social Intelligence - Daniel Goleman
  • Use of Power/ Strategies of Influence- This area is critical to realizing our visions. How do we influence others in alignment with our values? How can we inspire others to join us in creating a world that restores health and wholeness to the planet? Book: Theory U: Leading From the Future as It Emerges - C. Otto Scharmer

Cost: $45.00 USD

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