Miki Kashtan

Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, and the NVC North America Leadership Program. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she leads workshops and intensive retreats in Nonviolent Communication and offers mediation, meeting facilitation, coaching, and training for organizations throughout the United States. She has been supporting the US Department of Peace campaign with monthly conference calls since 2005. From time to time she hosts a call-in show on the radio through KPFA, a listener-sponsored radio station in Berkeley, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from University of California at Berkeley.

Miki is inspired by the contribution that NVC can make to social change movements and values sharing these skills with leaders and activists. She also particularly enjoys working with and coaching people interested in learning to teach NVC.

Miki is available to lead NVC trainings and can be reached at BayNVC.

Miki has authored:

“The Pain, The Anger, and the Hope: Women Peace Workers in Israel”, Magazine of Creation Spirituality, March 1992

“Nonviolent Communication: Transforming Conflict and Enhancing Connection in Communities”, Communities Magazine, September 1999

“No Enemies, No Demands”, Tikkun Magazine, September-October 2002

“Transforming Power Relations: The Invisible Revolution”, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, September 2002

“The Gift of Self: The Art of Transparent Facilitation”, in Sandor Schuman, ed., The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation, Jossey-Bass, 2005

“Beacon for Peace in the Promised Land: Transforming Palestinian-Israeli Relationships with Nonviolent Communication,” with Hagit Lifshitz and Arnina Kashtan, in Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding Between Israelis And Palestinians, edited by Judy Kuriansky, Westport, CT & London: Praeger, 2007.

"Miki, I really admire the way you are able to be so present in the moment and are able to respond so well to what you see and sense.  Just watching you in action makes this course worthwhile to me." 
— S.G., Litchfield, Connecticut, USA 

”Miki's workshop was exceptional in giving an overview of the work, while calmly meeting the emotional challenges everyone brought to the table.” —Class Participant

Bringing NVC to a Clinical Setting
with CNVC Certified Trainer Miki Kashtan

(This telecourse is Session 1 of Open-Hearted Therapy: Bringing Nonviolent Communication to Psychotherapy Practice)

A Telephone Course (Telecourse) for psychotherapists, coaches, and counselors who want to bring the principles and skills of Nonviolent Communication to their practice.

Sunday, February 1, 2009 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM PST (1:00 AM GMT on 2/2) My Time Zone?

Fee: $30 USD: All registrants receive access to a recording of the session.

Do you want to get an overview of what it takes to infuse your practice with the spirit of NVC?

Would you like to explore the challenges of combining NVC with psychotherapy?

Many therapists want to bring NVC to their practice and are eager for support to work out the specifics. This telecourse allows you an opportunity to explore the challenges with colleagues, and to gain clarity about how you want to integrate NVC principles with psychotherapy practice. The course includes a didactic presentation, opportunities to practice, and attention to case studies (supervision).

In this class you’ll learn the following concepts, skills, and practices:

You will learn how to bring NVC to your practice at three different levels: theoretical framing; methodology for responding to clients; and tools to pass on to clients.

  • Distinguish between sharing NVC with clients and using NVC with clients
  • NVC as a theoretical framework for thinking about clients: 
    Shifting from diagnosis and analysis to an exploration of needs
  • NVC as a methodology for working with clients: 
    Empathic reflection of needs as a unique path to healing
  • NVC as a set of tools to pass on to clients: 
    Recognizing opportunities for sharing NVC with client

Session 1 – Bringing NVC to a Clinical Setting

Sunday, February 1, 2009 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM PST (1:00 AM GMT on 2/2) My Time Zone?

Fee: $30 USD: All registrants receive access to a recording of the session.

Register for Single Sessions

Prerequisite:This class is open to everyone who wants to attend, but will not cover the basics of Nonviolent Communication. Most suitable for people with at least a few months of ongoing NVC practice. To learn the basics in preparation for the class, you can take the NVC Academy online introduction, or read the first 8 chapters of Marshall B. Rosenberg's book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life  or get the basics of Nonviolent Communication through the book Choose Your Words - Professional Version which is available as of the end of February 2009.

All Sessions: 1 through 12

Sunday, February 1, 2009 - Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sessions alternate between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM PST

You may register for all 12 sessions: $300 USD, save $60 USD. All registrants receive access to a recording of each session. You will also receive access to recordings of sessions which have already passed.

More Information About the Entire Course

Note: All sessions of this telecourse are on the 1st Sunday of the month, except the last session which is on the 2nd Sunday of January 2010. Sessions alternate between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

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